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Taranna is a small, sleepy settlement just north of the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.

Taranna was once the setting for the first railway in Australia and possibly the only one using human horsepower along its 7 km line. This human railway was designed to carry passengers and supplies and a team of four convicts was used to push carriages to and from the Norfolk Bay Convict Station, now a Bed and Breakfast retreat.

At the nearby Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, you can watch Tassie devils during feeding time and be mesmerised by the sea eagle show. The park is dedicated to wildlife protection and rescue, and has extensive breeding programs.

Taranna is also home to Federation Chocolate where you can indulge and then walk it off on tracks that showcase the spectacular scenery of the Tasman Peninsula with its towering sea cliffs and unusual rock formations.

Taranna is a 90-min drive (89 km) south-east of Hobart.

Local tips

  • The town is noted for its picturesque Presbyterian church