Ship Stern Bluff

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Ship Stern Bluff
Ship Stern Bluff is located in Tasmania
Ship Stern Bluff
Ship Stern Bluff
Location in Tasmania
Coordinates 43°12′33″S 147°45′7″E / 43.20917°S 147.75194°E / -43.20917; 147.75194Coordinates: 43°12′33″S 147°45′7″E / 43.20917°S 147.75194°E / -43.20917; 147.75194
Established 1997 to the surfing community
LGA(s) Tasmanian Government
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
18 °C
64 °F
5 °C
41 °F

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


Ship Stern Bluff is located in the Tasman National Park, Tasmania, between Cape Raoul and Tunnel Bay.

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 multi-faceted 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 Ship Stern Bluff include:

Favorable conditions[edit]

Swell Direction: W-S.W. Wind Direction: N-N.E at 50n nots . Tide: Medium to High

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


  1. ^ "Parks & Wildlife Service - Map of Tasman National Park". 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  2. ^ Doherty, Sean (2007-12-18). "Places to surf before you die: Shipsterns Bluff". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
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  4. ^ Shaun Wallbank (April 17, 2010). "Kelly Slater surfs Shipstern". The Mercury. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  5. ^ Doherty, Sean (2007-12-18). "Places to surf before you die: Shipsterns Bluff". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  6. ^ Peter Wilmoth (13 March 2005). "When the green room is your stage". The Sun Herald. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  7. ^ Peter Wilmoth (July 9, 2006). "Conquering the monster". The Age. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
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