Remarkable Cave - Port Arthur
Travel Update Summer 2020: Most destinations, sites and parks reopened with limitations. Check the official websites and read our crucial ‘BEST TIME TO GO' and ‘AVOIDING THE CROWDS’ tips:
The secluded beach behind the remarkable cave tunnel is only accessible sharp at low tide. However, check the tides first. If you arrive after low tide; it becomes dangerous to walk through the tunnel. Important: During high tide with a high swell, even the platform from where you can look into the Remarkable Cave gets flooded. Tide times Port Arthur
Tasman National Park and also the Remarkable Cave close to Port Arthur are very popular. It’s a short trail, easily accessible, therefore, can be a bit crowded. Best visited early morning or evening at low tide. In summer, even tour buses arrive. Limited parking spaces. Due to the improvement in 2019, it may get busier.
The hidden beach after the Remarkable Cave
The 3-4 hours return hike of about 9 km to Mount Brown starts here and passes the Maingon Blowhole. The blowhole itself is a 45 minutes return hike which makes sense at high tide only.
Mount Brown in the back
Update December 19: The trail and cave should be reopened again. It was closed for construction work from 1. May to late November. The car park, the restroom, the cave entrance, and Mount Brown hiking trail got an improvement
Weather Port Arthur
Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall for Port Arthur - Tasmania from 1991-2015
We recommend staying here at least three nights to enjoy the many beautiful places and hikes. If you are into hiking, don't miss the incredible Cape Raoul day hike which is 14 km long and the Tasman National Park. There is limited parking at the Cape Raoul trailhead. Start this track in the morning and bring a picknick. Enjoy the breathtaking views at the Cape.
The organ pipes at Cape Raoul
We'd chosen the affordable Port Arthur Holiday Park one of the Safari tents in an excellent location in the Stewarts Bay State Reserve. Each day we had parrots next to our tent. The wildlife and bird watching was an extra plus. It was just a 15 minutes drive to the cave. The reason that we visited the cave twice.
We’d like to inform you that forests that are increasingly at threat of logging in the northeast of Tassie, including the Blue Tier Giants, from April 2020 are taken out of reserve status. We will lose old grown forests in Tasmania. The Blue Derby Wild, The Friends of the Blue Tier, and the residents are fighting for their forests, but it looks like we all lose this hidden treasure trove. If you like to support the Blue Tier Giants share and comment on our article.
The short five minutes trail starts at the Maingon Bay Lookout. The view to Cape Raoul is terrific. After a short walk, steep steps lead to a viewing platform. If you want to enter the cave, you have to climb over the handrail to the beach. We saw several footprints, and it was low tide. We were too curious not to go. The tunnel cave branches in two entrances which are heading out to the sea.
Straight ahead the cave has the shape of Tassie and leads to the hidden beach. Local surfers love this spot if the conditions are right.
Above the platform was a part of the cave’s roof which collapsed a long time ago. Why remarkable? Sometimes special effects in rocks get created by intense heat, earthquakes, and pressure. The beautiful sandstone and dolerite folded patterns are rare and remarkable. It is best seen on the outside wall of the cave.
You may spot the superb fairy-wrens at the Maingon Lookout and the Remarkable Cave car park.