MUSSELROE BAY is a lovely, boating and beach holiday hamlet in the extreme north east of Tasmania. It is on the northern edge of famous beaches of the BAY of FIRES and the Mt WILLIAM National Park with its abundant wildlife. Just south of Musselroe Bay is STUMPYS BAY with its beautiful, long, white sand beaches, where you can walk for kilometres without meeting a soul. There is also a huge wind farm at LITTLE MUSSELROE BAY. This area is a favorite hideaway for people from Launceston. Unfortunately, there are no regular facilities in this area.
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FACILITIES: There are no commercial facilities at Musselroe Bay. There is a shop, a hotel and a petrol pump at Gladstone. There is some accommodation in this area.
TOURIST information telephone (03) 6392 2211 or contact www.bayoffires.com.au
BAY of FIRES walks guides you on multi day walks of the north east coast: (03) 6392 2211
SIGHTS: The Musselroe Bay area is another beach gem known only to Tasmanians. It is a great place to withdraw from the world, as the long, beautiful, beaches are nearly always deserted. There is also abundant wildlife including dozens of bird species, as wells as kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, echidnas, possums and devils.
NORTH WEST of the Great Musselroe Bay hamlet there is a beautiful very long stretch of white sands and shallow waters.
STUMPYS BAY is a beautiful, white beach south of the Great Musselroe Bay hamlet.
COBLER ROCKS are to the south east of the Great Musselroe Bay hamlet. They are located on the beach south of Stumpys Bay. Here beyond BOULDER POINT you will see a strange red rock formation called the Cobblers Rocks.
Mt WILLIAM is just south of the Great Musselroe Bay hamlet. There is a moderate walking track up the mountain. This mountain is 216 metres high, so it gives a great panoramic view this area. There is also abundant wildlife in this area.
LITTLE MUSSELROE BAY is a very small hamlet to the north of Great Musselroe bay. It is a the site of a massive wind farm.
CAPE PORTLAND is an area of pristine beaches west of Little Musselroe Bay. Access is from Cape Portland Road.
The southern part of the Mt William National Park is discussed in my page on ANSONS BAY.
ROUTE: From the NORTH EAST coast you approach MUSSELROE BAY by driving east on B82 to the small town of GLADSTONE. You then drive north east on C843, which is a gravel road. This road diverges into two roads.
You drive north east on C845, which takes you to the Great Musselroe hamlet. The other road at the junction C844 is a gravel road that takes you north west to the Little Musselroe hamlet.
To reach STUMPYS BAY you drive south on the C845 gravel road from the Great Musselroe hamlet a short distance South to a road to the east signed Forester Kangaroo Drive. This takes you a short distance to the Stumpys Bay car park.
Further along this drive is a rough gravel road to the start of the Mt WILLIAM walking track.
WARNING: The beaches may be unmarked and dangerous. The rough gravel roads in the Mt William National Park are not recommended for large vehicles. All vehicles are also warned that at sunset the roads are used by animals as pathways, so you must drive very carefully to avoid them.
- MUSSELROE Bay
- Stumpys Bay
- Little Musselroe
- Cape Portland
1/ Musselroe Bay is on the north eastern tip of Tasmania. It is settlement serving a pleasure boat haven and beautiful beaches. This photo is looking south from near Great Musselroe Bay towards Cape Naturaliste.
2/ This is the view looking to the north of Musselroe Bay. The beach was being pounded that day by surf from the wild Tasman Sea.
3/ This is the lagoon on the western side of the Great Musselroe Bay settlement.
4/ To the south west of the Musselroe Bay lagoon is the towering heights of Mt Cameron.
5/ To the west of Musselroe Bay is the massive wind farm at Little Musselroe Bay.
6/ This photo shows a rainbow above a group of homes near the Great Musselroe Bay settlement.
7/ The area just south of Musselroe Bay is rich dairy country. Here you can see an idyllic pastoral view backed by two rainbows.
8/ Mt Cameron is 551 metres high and dominates the landscape south of Musselroe Bay.
9/ Mt William is just south of Musselroe Bay. If you climb the 221 metres to its peak, then you get a great view of the Musselroe Bay area. This view is looking east across the plains of the Mt William National Park.
10/ The Mt William National Park supports a large number of kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and birds. I was lucky to be able to approach quite close to this resting Bennetts Wallaby.
11/ The Mt William National Park is also home to wedge tail eagles. This one looked at me with the air of a predator looking at a possible meal.
1/ Stumpys Bay is a beach just south of Great Musselroe Bay in the Mt William National Park located in north east Tasmania. There are picnic tables and toilets, but nothing else at the camping area. Unfortunately, the beach is unsafe for swimming due to strong undertoe currents.
2/ This is the beautiful beach at Stumpys Bay. This view is looking north towards Cape Naturaliste.
3/ This photo shows a large bird colony nesting on rocks just off the beach at Stumpys Bay. The white on the rocks indicates that this is a major roosting area.
4/ This shows the violent waves that pound the shore of Stumpys Bay and make it unsafe for swimming.
5/ This is the view looking south across Stumpys Bay towards the Eddystone Lighthouse. The lighthouse is 15 kilometres beyond the point seen here.
6/ This is a lagoon just off the beach at Stumpys Bay. Lagoons, like these, are very important feeding places for water birds.
1/ Little Musselroe Bay is north east of Great Musselroe Bay in the north eastern corner of Tasmania. It is the site of a massive wind farm that was opened in 2013.
2/ The wind turbines at Little Musselroe Bay are about 50 metres high and are magnificent examples of both 21st Century sculpture and technology.
3/ These massive wind turbines at Little Musselroe Bay now dominated the old grazing landscape.
4/ A troika of turbines sits on this small hill at Little Musselroe Bay. They would make magnificent photos at dawn or sunset.
5/ This photo shows two turbines located near the dunes to the west of Little Musselroe Bay.
6/ This complex of turbines is located to the north west of Little Musselroe Bay.
7/ This is the station that controls the Little Musselroe Bay wind turbine complex.
8/ To the west of Little Musselroe Bay is a sea of dunes.
1/ Cape Portland is west of Little Musselroe Bay in north eastern Tasmania. It is an area of pristine beaches and rocky shores. It also now home to the largest wind farm in Tasmania. This gallery shows photos taken on a beach walk in 2015.
2/ North eastern Tasmania has many empty, pristine beaches. These are favorites with local Tasmanians. In summer these beaches are quite warm. This photo shows our group walking towards the wind farm at Little Musselroe Bay.
3/ The beaches at Cape Portland were interspersed between rock platforms. In them you can see the red rocks common to eastern Tasmania.
4/ This view looks towards Lanoma Point. In the distance on the left is Swan Island. The colors that you see here, really are the beautiful colours of eastern Tasmania.
5/ This view shows the long, beautiful beach near Lanoma Point.
6/ This is the remnants of a large building that was active here in the late 19th Century. In Tasmania you regularly come across the remains of long forgotten settlements.
7/ I guessed that this was an orientation marker, which was once used by local fishermen.
8/ This image looks south east towards the large, wind farm at Little Musselroe Bay. The complex has several dozen wind turbines.
9/ This image shows the wind turbines towering over the bush. I find them to be both artistically impressive, as well as being very useful.
10/ Walking into a wind farm is truly walking amongst giants. The turbines give out a continuous loud humming noise, but this has no effect on grazing animals.
11/ Every wind turbine is regularly inspected by the maintenance workers.
12/ The distant humans in this image should give you a good idea as to the size of these massive turbines. I estimate that they are about 70 metres tall.
13/ The walk ended with an excursion up the Little Musselroe River at Lyme Regis. The river was cool and refreshing to walk in.
14/ The wind turbines are so tall that the reflect back the last orange, yellow light of the sunset.