Tomahawk (29 km north west) is a small seaside town overlooking
the Bass Strait in the heart of a coastal region characterised by
superb beaches, dramatic sand dunes and attractive, isolated
countryside. It is an ideal destination for people wishing to escape
from the hurly burly and have a peaceful holiday walking on the beach,
swimming or fishing.
Boobyalla Beach (17 km north west) is one of the few ocean beaches
in Australia with a triple bar system. The northwest-facing beach
extends for 9.4 km from the sandy mouth of the Boobyalla River to the
southern rocks of Petal Point and forms the eastern shore of the large
Ringarooma Bay. The only vehicle access to the beach is in the north
via a 4WD track off the Cape Portland Road.
Cape Portland (25 km north) is the north eastern tip of Tasmania.
Pointing west across Ringarooma Bay, it was named after the Duke of
Portland by Matthew Flinders during his 1798 circumnavigation of the
island in the sloop Norfolk with George Bass. It is an important bird
breeding area for Cape Barren Goose, Chestnut Teal and the threatened
Hooded Plover. There is a small fishing community at Cape Portland.
The clean, white sands of Musselroe Bay on the east side of Cape
Portland, is popular spot for beach fishing and swimming. Situated
within Mount William National Park, it is also known as a place to
experience close encounters with Forester kangaroos and other Tasmanian
wildlife in their natural environment.
If you think Cape Portland is remote, Swan Island is even more so.
Off Cape Portland opposite Musselroe Ray, the island is a nature
reserve with deserted pristine beaches and clear blue waters. If you
like to swim, snorkel, fish, walk, watch seabirds and visit penguin and
shearwater rookeries away from the rest of the world, this is the place
to do it. Limited accommodation is available at the lighthouse