along the coast from the blowhole at
Tiny village on the east coast.
Falmouth is an attractive and tiny, rather up
market, village on the Tasmanian east coast 202
km south east of Launceston and 242 km north
east of Hobart. In one sense it almost doesn't
feel like a town at all. It is more like a
collection of attractive houses on a cliff top
with excellent views along the coastline.
The area around Falmouth was explored by John
Helder Wedge and was first settled in 1829 by
Captain John Henderson (after whom the large
local lagoon is named) who acquired 2560 acres.
Later that same year a similar package of land
was granted to William Steel. These early
settlers became the backbone of the local
community so that, even after World War I, the
area was still dominated by the heirs of Steel
As the visitor turns off the Tasman Highway
towards Falmouth they will note a large
Victorian homestead which was built by William
Steel's nephew in 1867 for the huge sum of
£1740. It was named 'Enstone Park' after World
War I by LJ Steel who lived in the house until
his death at the age of 102 in 1968.
Things to see:
The town's premier attraction is 'the blowhole'
although this is something of a misnomer. The
'blowhole' is actually a rather large fissure in
the rocks where the waves, when they break,
cause plumes of spray to rise spectacularly into
the air. To get to the blowhole the visitor
needs to walk some distance north along the
cliffs. The walk is pleasant with the rocks
tumbling down towards the sea. The views are
excellent and near the blowhole it is possible
to see the beach which lies to the north across