Dunalley Waterfront Cafe

Day trip guide

Thinking about coming to the Waterfront Cafe? Here are some alternative routes that are well worth the drive. Yes, there are some dirt roads but the locals drive them every day and they are kept in good nick. Enjoy!



Getting to the Dunalley Waterfront Café is easy – leaving from Hobart, you’ll need to head over the Tasman Bridge on the A3, and follow that all the way to Sorell. At Sorell, you’ll need to turn right onto the Arthur Highway (A9). From there, you can go all the way through to Dunalley, but here’s another option for you to check out!


Duncan Giblin - Birds in Flight

Birds in Flight – Photo: © Duncan Giblin


If you are driving an All Wheel Drive or 4WD vehicle, Kellevie and Wielangta state forest is a great diversion. The road is a Forestry road and is sometimes quite slippery so if you’re planning a visit to this area drive carefully. It’s also used by trucks so keep an eye out for those. You’ll be rewarded by a stunning view of Marion Bay from the Marion Bay lookout.


If you enjoy bushwalking, you have two options – the first is the Wielangta walk, it’s 3 hours return and goes to Wielangta Road. It follows the route of an abandoned tramway to the site of an old township known as Wielangta settlement. If 3 hours is a little bit too much, there is also a shorter 20 minute rainforest walk which begins and ends at Robertson’s Bridge.


When you arrive in Copping, take a left at the service station and head down Marion Bay road (this is the way to the Marion Bay Falls Festival Site). Follow Marion Bay Road and keep an eye out on your left for Bream Creek Road. Go down Bream Creek Road and enjoy the spectacular driving. Bream Creek Road meets back up with Marion Bay Road, when you get to the intersection, go left and you can choose to either continue on Marion Bay Road and wiggle your toes in the sand, or turn onto Bay Road. Once you’re ready to head to the Cafe, just stay on Bay Road until it intersects with the Arthur Highway and turn to your left. You’ll find yourself in Dunalley and hopefully have worked up an appetite!
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When you’re heading back there’s an alternative route you may like to check out. Instead of turning right back onto the Arthur Highway, go left and through Dunalley, and keep going past the turnoff which takes the Arthur Highway towards Port Arthur. This route takes you paste Connelly’s Marsh, and follows the picturesque Carlton River towards Dodges Ferry. Dodges Ferry is a small seaside town with a relaxed friendly vibe.


Sandstone point on a beach, Dodges Ferry Tasmania

Dodges Ferry sandstone – Photo: © Nat Jeanneret


While you’re in Dodges Ferry, wander down to Park Beach and check out the locals doing their thing in the surf. It’s a great beach to take a walk on, so take a stroll up the beach and enjoy the fresh tassie air. Once you’ve brushed the sand off your feet, Dodges Ferry is a short drive to Sorell and the back on to Hobart!
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