Tomahawk is a small seaside town overlooking 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.
Where Is it?: Tomahawk is 29 km north west of Gladstone and 40km east of Bridport. Scottsdale is 20 km to the south. The city of Launceston is 130 km away.
A village of around 100 people, Tomahawk has a caravan park, small shop and a boat ramp, making it a popular holiday destination during the summer months. Between Tomahawk and Bridport you will find the world class Barnbougle and Lost Farm golf links.
Tomahawk Beach fronts the small settlement of Tomahawk, with the Tomahawk River Public Reserve between the beach and houses. The Tomahawk Road follows the rear of the reserve with a caravan park located behind the eastern end of the beach and the beach used to launch small boats at high tide. Around the river mouth conditions there is at times a low sand spit and elongated lagoon which forms along the length of the beach.
Mining played a big part in opening up Tasmania's North-East. In 1869 a shephered named Lewey Richardson discovered gold at Lyndhurst. Tasmania's first Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Du Cane, arrived the same year and as Tomahawk town was established in 1869 it was named DuCane. However, it was renamed Tomahawk officially in 1963, as the river and island bad always been known by that name.
Village Green Camping Area has outstanding views across the passage to Waterhouse Island. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating at this free campground. Access is from Homestead Rd, turning off 1.4 km east of the Herbies Landing turn-off. About 1 km in, the track splits; take the left fork, then it is 800 m to the camping area. A beach boat-launching site is nearby. Bring drinking water and firewood.
Little Waterhouse Lake
The Waterhouse Conservation Area in Tasmania's north-east contains many wetland communities, including three major permanent deep-water lagoons - Blackmans Lagoon and Big Waterhouse and Little Waterhouse lakes. Little Waterhouse Lake is listed under the Ramsar Convention as an internationally significant wetland. Waterhouse is popular place for camping, with several sites available. Other popular uses of the reserve include hunting, wildlife viewing, fishing, and recreational vehicle use. On the northern shore of Big Waterhouse Lake is a small camping area used mainly by duck shooters, but also sometimes by fishermen. No facilities are provided.
An isolated beach for swimming and by fishermen to launch small boats. The main vehicle track terminates at the northern end of the beach where a few fishing shacks are located behind the beach and to the lee of the boundary rocks. Rason Beach is within the boundaries of Waterhouse Conservation area, to the west of the village of Tomahawk.
Boobyalla Beach 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 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 keeper's cottage.