Ansons Bay, Eddystone Point & Mt William National Park

Looking north from the beaches of the Bay of Fires as you stand on the dramatic boulders tumbled across the beach, you can see Eddystone Point Lighthouse, situated 15 kilometres north of Ansons Bay, a quiet, sleepy and isolated hamlet of fishing shacks.

Kayaking on Ansons RiverThe massive crystal lenses of the 42 metre-high granite lighthouse once beamed 26 nautical miles to sea, guarding the entrance to Banks Strait and guiding ships past the offshore hazards of Victoria Rocks, Georges Rocks and Black Reef. Just two kilometres off-shore, the aptly named Black Reef was a curse to generations of sailors, claiming some of the 30 vessels shipwrecked along this coastline between 1846 and 1963.

Situated within the Mt William National Park, Eddystone Point is called Larapuna in the local Aboriginal language. In 2006, the Tasmanian Government issued a 40-year lease for the Larapuna lands, and today the traditional owners are restoring the historic lighthouse keeper’s cottages surrounding the magnificent lighthouse.

Eddystone Point features a pretty picnic area and pleasant beach, and is a popular spot for anglers – crayfish, abalone and a wide array of fish species are plentiful here. Other good beaches well worth visiting in the area include Cape Naturaliste and Stumpys Bay.

Mt William National Park

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, or make like Robinson Crusoe strolling along one of the stunningly beautiful beaches along the nearby coastline.

eddystone point 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.