This is a small, sleepy and attractive holiday and fishing village,
in spite of being the largest town on the Tasman Peninsula.
Nubeena lies at the head of Wedge Bay on the western flank of what is
virtually an island guarding the eastern entrance to Storm Bay. Further
offshore is Wedge Island which is an important nesting habitat for the
Where Is it?
Nubeena is 113km south east of Hobart and 12 km from Port
Arthur. The town is halfway along the west coast of Tasman
Peninsula, on Parsons Bay, which is a narrow continuation
of Wedge Bay. From Port Arthur (A9) it on a circuit drive
– via Saltwater River – back to the main road at Taranna
(B37), a picturesque alternative to driving straight from Port Arthur
Nubeena is a favourite destination for surfers, drawn by the
consistently good and challenging waves at Roaring Beach and White
Beach, which is also a popular swimming and camping spot. Roaring Beach
is backed by a coastal reserve which offers spectacular views over
Storm Bay. The area surrounding Nubeena offers some of the best
lifestyle in the region. There are plenty of fish for the taking in the
unpolluted waters. There is a small local farmed salmon industry
exploiting the pure waters of the bays which are flushed out to deep
water on each tide.
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Nubeena was established as an outstation of Port Arthur and for many
years was an important convict farming community. Nubeena is the
local Aboriginal word for crayfish. The settlement at this locality was
originally called Wedge Bay, and was on the opposite side of the bay to
the present town. The remains of what was intended to be a flourishing
settlement can be seen today – a weatherboard brick and stone
police headqurters, a walled garden and the foundations for a hospital.
Trenches were dug for the foundations of a number of houses and streets
were formed before orders came through to consolidate all out-stations
at Port Arthur. An attempt was made to quickly finish the town, but it
At 10.40pm on Friday, 7th October 1910, the river steamer Nubeena ran
ashore on Cremorne Beach in a strong westerly wind. The vessel had left
Koonya on the Tasman Peninsular earlier in the day with 18 passengers,
assorted cargo and about 40 cattle. While this story is not about
Nubeena the township, it does paint a picture of life in another time
when roads were non-existent and Nubeena was important enough to have a
trading vessel named after it.