Dunalley is a small fishing village 57 km east of Hobart on the Arthur Highway and is encounted when traveling to (or vice versa) port Arthur from either Hobart or the east. It is located on the narrow isthmus which separates the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas from rest of Tasmania. The Denison canal, with a swing bridge for road traffic, has been cut between Dunalley Bay and Blackman Bay to allow boats easy access between the two bays.
In the centre of the town, just before the Dunalley High School, is a sign which points visitors to the Tasman Monument. This monument, which is near the town jetty, is a convenient substitute for the more important monument located at Tasman Bay and virtually inaccessible by anything other than boat. It was at Tasman Bay, near Cape Paul Lamanon, that Abel Tasman and his crew became the first Europeans to land on Tasmania. It was here that Tasman sent his carpenter, Visscher, to name the territory Van Diemen's Land after the Governor of Batavia. Neither Tasman nor his hapless carpenter had any idea that they were claiming a small island. This monument was unsigned and not photographed.