Welcome to Taranna
Taranna is a small town strung out along the shores of Norfolk Bay about 10km north of Port Arthur, its name coming from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘hunting ground’. Historically important, it was once the terminus for Australia’s first railway, which rattled its way here from Long Bay near Port Arthur. This public transport was powered by convicts, who pushed the carriages uphill, then jumped aboard for the downhill run. Not far offshore, Dart Island was used as a semaphore station to relay messages from Port Arthur to Hobart. Today, the waters near the island are used for oyster farming. Back on dry land, you'll find some passable accommodation, plus a couple of diverting pit stops.