Population 310

A quaint fishing village, Dunalley is on the isthmus separating the Forestier and Tasman peninsulas from the mainland. Nearby is the Denison Canal, which is Australia's only purpose-built, hand-dug sea canal. The swing bridge that spans the canal has become quite a spectacle for visitors.

Visitor Information

Dunalley Hotel, 210 Arthur Hwy; (03) 6253 5101.

Nearby national parks

  • Tasman National Park

    Comprising a narrow coastal strip along the east and south of Forestier and Tasman peninsulas and several offshore islands, Tasman National...more

  • Maria Island National Park

    With a west coast characterised by gentle sloping hills and an east coast of towering cliffs dropping dramatically to the sea, Maria Island...more

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

Nearby towns

  • Eaglehawk Neck

    Present-day Eaglehawk Neck is a pleasant fishing destination with small holiday retreats and striking scenery. Situated on the narrow...more

  • Sorell

    The south-eastern town of Sorell was founded in 1821, and was important in early colonial times for providing most of the state's grain. It...more

  • Port Arthur

    This historic settlement on the scenic Tasman Peninsula was one of Australia's most infamous penal settlements from the 1830s to the 1870s....more

In Town

Tasman Monument Erected in 1942, this monument commemorates the landing of Abel Tasman and his crew. The actual landing occurred to the north-east on the Forestier Peninsula, near the fairly inaccessible Cape Paul Lamanon. Imlay St.

Dunalley Fish Market: offering a huge range of seafood delicacies, the market has sales, samples and a barbecue area; 11 Fulham Rd.


Copping Colonial and Convict Exhibition Housing a vast array of antiques and memorabilia from the convict era, it has the added highlight of containing one of only 3 cars manufactured in Australia in the 19th century. Arthur Hwy; (03) 6253 5373; 11 km N.

Marian Bay: popular swimming beach; 14 km NE.

Fishing spots near town

Twin Lakes 20 km

I always thought the title of John Gierach’s entertaining book Where the Trout are all as Long as your Leg was a little farfetched, until I realised it related to a time when he was five years old. I am a little... Find out more

The Springs 39 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving in Fortescue Bay 31 km

One of the most coveted Tasmanian diving experiences is through the towering kelp forests found along areas of the east coast. These plants can grow as much as a metre a day, reaching heights of nearly 50 metres in some... Find out more

Salamanca Market 39 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more

Island Cycle Tours 39 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more

Mount Wellington Walks 47 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 26 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more

Tasmania Golf Club 26 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Dunalley Fish Market

The Dunalley canal links two vast bays, so the little fishing port here is the perfect spot to find the freshest seafood. Beside the highway, this unassuming fishmonger and cafe only sells local produce so there’s... Find out more

Dunalley Hotel

This old hotel next to the Dunalley bridge has a longstanding reputation for great seafood counter meals. These days, despite competition from plenty of other eateries nearby, it still serves up reliably good pub tucker... Find out more

Dunalley Waterfront Cafe & Gallery

This large casual cafe, takeaway and music venue created from a 1960s fish cannery is in a perfect location overlooking a working slipyard and scenic Blackman Bay. They’ve updated the building with a huge deck and... Find out more

Murdunna Store

Driving along the highway heading to Port Arthur, it would be all too easy to sail right past this little roadside store just south of Dunalley, but you’d be missing out on a treat. Outside are a couple of petrol... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 42 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more

Moo Brew 46 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lime Bay camping area 12 km

This picturesque, grassed camping area is 4 km beyond the historic mining site and is the starting point for an easy, scenic walk to Greens Point cliffs and Lagoon Beach. Gas/fuel stoves are recommended, and you need to... Find out more

White Beach Tourist Park 26 km

If you are travelling with the family and a boat, this park is ideal. It is on a safe swimming beach and has every amenity you will need, from a laundry and kiosk to a playground and rec room. They will even refill your... Find out more

Port Arthur Holiday Park 28 km

Although this park is big, each spacious campsite is screened with shrubs, so it feels sheltered and private. Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (1 km along the road, or take the walking track along Stewarts Beach), then... Find out more

Bivouac Bay camping area (walk-in camping) 29 km

This beautiful bay is a 2 hr hike north from Fortescue Bay on the Tasman Coastal Trail, following the coastline along beaches and over steep-sided headlands. The views are worth the effort and the campsite is in a very... Find out more

Encampment Cove camping area (walk-in camping) 31 km

This very remote campsite overlooking Chinamans Bay and McRaes Isthmus is a 13 km, 4 hr hike south of Darlington, and is about 2 km from Frenchs Farm. Although there is no jetty access, it is often used by boating... Find out more

Fortescue Bay Campground 31 km

A few steps from the sun, sand and surf of lovely Fortescue Bay, this camping area is a popular summer destination and bookings are necessary for peak times. Camping sites are grouped into 2 areas – Mills Creek for... Find out more

Frenchs Farm camping area (walk-in camping) 32 km

Camping areas here are in cleared paddocks around an old farmhouse at the northern end of remote Chinamans Bay, 11 km south of Darlington, but there is a 3 hr hike to reach it. The track is rocky or sandy in parts and... Find out more

Darlington Campground (walk-in camping) 40 km

Although it might be peaceful during the day, this large, grassy campground between Darlington Penitentiary and Bernacchi Creek comes alive at night, when it is a top spot for wildlife-watching. The campground is a 500 m... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

White Beach Tourist Park 26 km

This popular, quality park is only 10 minutes from historic Port Arthur. The park has good facilities and large shady trees. It is very busy during holiday periods and bookings are required at these times.... Find out more

Port Arthur Holiday Park 28 km

This is a high-quality park with good facilities, close to the beach. The area is popular for surfing, fishing and bushwalking and is a good base for exploring the Tasman Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Barilla Holiday Park 31 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 46 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 49 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Potters Croft

A world away from a run-of-the-mill B&B, Potter’s Croft houses local potter Tim Hoskins’ studio and kiln, as well as a gallery of art, jewellery, sculpture and ceramics from local artisans. So, if... Find out more


Take a vantage point overlooking an isolated ocean beach, rugged headlands and an island national park, add vineyards, surf breaks and a rainforest wilderness, throw in a summertime music festival, and you’ve got... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 58 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Dunalley park area 1 km

At Dunalley

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

Murdunna park area 8 km

At Murdunna

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Fortescue Bay camping area 31 km

T/O 15km S of Eaglehawk Neck (L) or 4km N of Port Arthur (R)

Near the foreshore 12km east of the highway in a natural bush setting in Tasman National Park.

Raspins Beach park area 38 km

1km N of Orford (R) or 7km S of Triabunna (L)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the foreshore. Toilets located 200m south.

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