Things To see and Do
Sandy Cape is a large headland which was once home to the ‘Tarkiner’ Aboriginal people, from which the region derived its name. It was their home for several thousand years, and today, there’s evidence of huge shell middens, hut depressions and many significant cultural relics. Sandy Cape is surrounded by magnificent granite boulders creating a number of sheltered and secluded swimming pools. It also features one of the world’s loneliest lighthouses.
The cape is also noted for having the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. Because of this, it is a paradise for 4WD enthusiast’s and trail bikers.
Originally opened up as a soldier settlement area at the end of World War 1, today it only has a few permanent residents and numerous holiday shacks. Granville is a small fishing and holiday community where the fishing is exceptional. Similar in most respects is the nearby beach and fishing area of Trial Harbour. There are no shops or facilities at either locality. Swimming, camping, fishing, sea, bush walking, 4WD or all terrain vehicle area. Shafts and buildings relating to the Federation and Cornwall tin, silver, lead and zinc can be found in the bush. Granville Harbour is 30kms along Heemskirk Road via Corinna and Pieman River, then a gravel road for a further 8kms.
Numerous Aboriginal engravings are located at Sundown Point State reserve, 8km south of the mouth of the Arthur River near Nelson Bay. There are over 40 separate rocks slabs of laminated mudstone, many have clearly defined motifs comprised of concentric and overlapping circles, grooves or lines of pits. Engraving sites are very rare in Tasmania, and at least one panel shows the same complexity as engraving found at Mt Cameron West, further up the coast.
An exposed and particularly vulnerable small anchorage which is susceptible to the prevailing local weather of the Roaring Forties, Trail Harbour is well known for its fine fishing. An isolated fishing community these days, Trail Harbour was utilised for a short while during the establishment of the early mining communities of Zeehan, and Queenstown, prior to the establishment of the settlements and facilities at Strahan and Regatta Point.