Looking north from The Gardens as you stand on the dramatic boulders you can see Eddystone Point Lighthouse some 18 kms to the north, the road however goes no further, but why not take the inland road and make your way north to this fabulous rock point. Along the way, be sure to stop at the vast whites beach of Policeman’s Point and the remote shack community of Ansons Bay.
If heading to this far north eastern corner of the state, please be mindful that St Helens will be your last stop for fuel and food, the next serviced town is Gladstone nearly 100kms further along the road and the next main township with larger supermarkets etc. is Scottsdale.
Situated within the Mt William National Park, Eddystone Point features a pretty picnic area and stunning secluded beach. The massive crystal lenses of the 35 metre-high granite lighthouse beams 26 nautical miles to sea. The lighthouse guards the entrance to Banks Strait and guilds ships past the offshore hazards of Victoria Rocks, Georges Rocks. To the aboriginal community Eddystone Point is known as Larapuna and in 2006 the Tasmanian Government issued a 40-year lease for the Larapuna lands surrounding the magnificent lighthouse.
Located in the far north-eastern corner of Tasmania, Mt William National Park is a protected stronghold for the Forester Kangaroo, the only large kangaroo found in Tasmania. Comprised of coastal heathlands and woodlands and vast sand dunes meeting pristine beaches. The 13,899 hectare park is a haven for native wildlife and birdlife – it is visited by more than 100 species of birds.
For sweeping views across this isolated and spectacular region, walk to the top of Mt William, a 90-minute return journey, just one of a variety of trails in the park. View colourful wildflowers during the spring and summer months, see kangaroos grazing on grassland plains at dawn or dusk.
Looking north from Mt William is a wondrous view of what was once the land bridge joining Tasmania to mainland Australia. The islands you see are the peaks of mountains across the landmass Aboriginal tribes would have used to cross to Tasmania from the mainland tens of thousands of years ago. Called the Furneaux Group, the 52 islands and rocky islets of the group stretch like stepping stones between Tasmania and Wilson’s Promontory, situated on the far south-eastern point of Victoria.