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Fossil Cove in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-three year old girl living in Hobart, Tassie. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've adventured. 🚐⛰
Published September 9th 2019
A cove that is rich in Aussie history & spoilt with beauty
Fossil Cove in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania
A panoramic view of Fossil Cove. Photo by Author (@chloeoliviad)


Fossil Cove Conservation Area is a historically significant and utterly beautiful place to spend a day in Southern Tasmania. Dating back 250 million years ago, the protected area shows the world that once was with fossils scattered all over the pebbly oasis and engraved in the rocky shore. It's also one of my all-time favourite places in Tasmania to watch a pastel-coloured sunset with the scenic arch and cliffs of Blackmans Bay that delicately add to this spot's renowned untouched beauty.

The beginning of the trail down to Fossil Cove


Fossil Cove in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania
Fossil Cove is a site of National Geological Signifigance. Please remember to tread carefully in order to preserve these amazing sites for all who decide to visit.


The start of the walk begins off Fossil Cove Drive, Blackmans Bay. It is a short 20 minute drive south from the City of Hobart and then a quick 15 minute walk down to the oasis itself. The track is very well-kept and although short will still give your legs a good workout being a steep downhill descent for most of the trail down to the beach.

Fossil Cove in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania
A 'Stairway to Heaven' - looking down at Fossil Cove. Photo by Author (@chloeoliviad)


If you time your trip right down to Fossil Cove the natural arch, as can be seen below, becomes a walk-through to the next Beach over and opens you to countless more options to find fossils buried in the pebbles or to take in the sheer size of the cliffs that line the coast of Southern Tassie.

A Quick Tip: It's best to always check the tide levels for the day before heading out and to plan your visit depending on how much time you'd like to explore Fossil Cove!

Fossil Cove in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania
The arch at Fossil Cove. Photo by Author.


Everywhere you look, you'll find fossilisations of Shells, Fish & a window into Australia's past.


The Fossil Cove Conservation Reserve is accessible all year round, it won't cost you a cent and is an excellent way to not only immerse yourself in nature but to see and feel with your own two hands some of Australia's history in the great outdoors - not just in a Museum!
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Why? Enjoy a short nature walk to a destination covered in Fossils!
When: Anytime
Where: Fossil Cove, Blackmans Bay TAS
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Sounds wonderful. I like fossil hunting, there's something rather special im touching a bit of anything from so very ling ago. It's like a bridge across time.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 39 days ago
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