Shipstern Bluff

Coordinates: 43°12′33″S 147°45′7″E / 43.20917°S 147.75194°E / -43.20917; 147.75194
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Shipstern Bluff
Shipstern Bluff is located in Tasmania
Shipstern Bluff
Shipstern Bluff
Location in Tasmania
Coordinates43°12′33″S 147°45′7″E / 43.20917°S 147.75194°E / -43.20917; 147.75194
Established1997 to the surfing community
LGA(s)Tasman Council
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
18 °C
64 °F
5 °C
41 °F

Shipstern Bluff (also known as Devil's Point or simply Shippies) is a globally renowned big-wave surfing location on the southeastern coast of Tasmania, Australia, on the Tasman Peninsula.[1]


Shipstern Bluff is located on the southern point of the Tasman Peninsular Tasmania, near Cape Raoul. It is approximately a 30 km boat/jet ski ride from the coast to the Bluff and is regarded amongst the surfing community as one of the wildest and most dangerous locations in the world, both for the surf and the prevalence of great white sharks.[2] The wave is also well known for its multifaceted inner formations, referred to by many of its surfers as steps,[3] which give the wave a unique appearance and greatly adds to the challenge of surfing it.


Some of the more notable surfers who have tackled Shipstern Bluff include:

Favorable conditions[edit]

  • Swell direction: WSW
  • Wind direction: NNE at 50n
  • Tide: Medium to high

It is known to hold and break from 1 metre plus in winter.[9]


  1. ^ "Parks & Wildlife Service - Map of Tasman National Park". 15 September 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b Doherty, Sean (18 December 2007). "Places to surf before you die: Shipsterns Bluff". Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Tasmania's Shipstern Bluff attracts daredevil surfers with lure of massive waves and worldwide fame". ABC News. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ Shaun Wallbank (17 April 2010). "Kelly Slater surfs Shipstern". The Mercury. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  5. ^ Peter Wilmoth (13 March 2005). "When the green room is your stage". The Sun Herald. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  6. ^ Peter Wilmoth (9 July 2006). "Conquering the monster". The Age. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Mick Fanning tackles a new type of monster at Shipstern Bluff". Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Redbull Shipsterns Bluff". Red Bull. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Biggest, Most Dangerous Shipsterns Bluff EVER? -". 22 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2017.