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Ultimate Guide to Beaches of Southern Tasmania

Sandy Shores and Crystal Waters: Exploring Southern Tasmania's Beaches

Welcome to the ultimate beach guide for Southern Tasmania!

Prepare to be captivated by a coastline adorned with stunning, pristine beaches that are waiting to be discovered. From secluded coves with crystal-clear waters to vast stretches of golden sand lapped by gentle waves, our guide will lead you to the most picturesque and serene spots along the Southern Tasmanian shores. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply seeking relaxation under the sun, our curated selection of beaches promises unforgettable experiences. Dive in and let the exploration begin!

Southern Tasmania has some of the most pristine beaches in Australia. Here’s our guide to salt, sea and sand.

Sandy Bay. Image Credit @nick_schae

GREATER HOBART

Long Beach in Sandy Bay is a popular beach for families, located on the Derwent River and within easy reach from Hobart. 

Long Beach is right next door to Nutgrove Beach, where you can enjoy scenic views to kunanyi / Mt Wellington. There’s an awesome playground near the beach and the pontoon is always a novelty. This beach is also close to the Sandy Bay Sailing Club and Sandy Bay Regatta Association. 

Taroona Beach is easily accessible, with adjoining Taroona Park. On the foreshore, the Batchelor’s Grave (c. 1810) is thought to be the oldest European grave in Tasmania. 

Nearby, relax at secluded Hinsby Beach on the Derwent River, with great views of the Alum Cliffs and Shot Tower. Hinsby Beach faces south, with a view to Storm Bay and the Tasman Sea.

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simonbeedlephotography

Cremorne Beach

This is not a typical beach destination. It’s a serene retreat where you can immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the eastern-facing coastline, embark on fishing adventures, and enjoy the convenience of amenities at the Cremorne Beach Reserve.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a fishing aficionado, or someone simply seeking a relaxing day by the sea, Cremorne Beach promises an unforgettable experience.

Explore its unique charm, and let this hidden paradise captivate your heart.

HOBART’S EAST

On Hobart’s Eastern Shore, treat yourself to some fish and chips at Bellerive Beach and Howrah Beach (walk or cycle between the two on the Clarence Foreshore Trail). 

The South Arm Peninsula boasts a mix of surfing beaches and sheltered swimming spots, as well as impressive sea cliffs and ace views towards kunanyi/Mt Wellington. Beach hop between surfer hangouts Clifton Beach and Goat’s BeachGorringe’s Beach at tranquil Mortimer Bay Reserve, and sheltered Opossum Bay Beach.

Closer to the Hobart Airport, relax at Lauderdale’s Roches Beach or enjoy a long walk along Seven Mile Beach (making that claim on your online dating profile legit).

Bellerive. Image Credit @loicleguilly
Bellerive. Image Credit @loicleguilly

THE TASMAN REGION

Marion Beach. Image Credit @theseaisformephotography

Once you pass Sorell, you’re even more spoilt for choice. Swim and fish at Lewisham Beach or head out in the kayak at Dodges Ferry’s Blue Lagoon Beach and Red Ochre Beach. Play at Carlton Beach or surf at Park Beach (the western end). Relax at family friendly Primrose Beach.

Give the dog a run at Okines Beach at Midway Point or Penna Beach at Dodges Ferry. Do some photography at Dunalley Beach, or head out in the boat. Marion Bay Beach (of Falls Festival fame) is good for a dip as well as experienced surfers (beware of rips).

Roaring Beach. Image Credit @theseaisformephotography

Discover white sandy beaches set against forested hills on the scenic Tasman Peninsula. Swim in crystal clear water at Fortescue Bay (there’s also a campground), enjoy pristine White Beach, stroll deserted beaches at Lime Bay and Sloping Main, make family memories at Safety Cove, and sway wistfully on the tyre swing at Carnarvon Bay.

Discover geological wonder the Tessellated Pavement at Pirates Bay. For a bit of adventure, walk to Crescent Beach (4 hrs return) and gaze in awe at the giant sand dunes. Surfers, have fun at Roaring Beach and catch the famous giant waves at Shipstern Bluff.

THE SOUTHERN EDGE

The Southern Edge begins just a 10-minute drive south of Hobart and incorporates the Channel, Bruny Island, the Huon Valley, and the Far South. Discover beautiful beaches and hidden bays dotted right down the coastline.

The Neck - Bruny Island. Image credit: Adam Gibson
The Neck - Bruny Island. Image credit: Adam Gibson

Enjoy popular Kingston Beach (dogs can play on the north side of Brown’s River) and Blackmans Bay Beach. A short walk will take you to secluded gem Boronia Beach. Go snorkelling in the marine reserve at peaceful Tinderbox. Take the family to calm Snug Beach and Coningham Beach. Enjoy solitude at Verona SandsRandalls Bay Beach, Mickeys Beach, and Eggs and Bacon Bay.

Mars Bluff, Cape Queen Elizabeth Track, Bruny Island. Image credit: Jess Bonde
Mars Bluff, Cape Queen Elizabeth Track, Bruny Island. Image credit: Jess Bonde

Catch the ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island and enjoy family time at sheltered Adventure Bay Beach and Jetty Beach. Surfers, discover wild and remote Cloudy Bay Beach. Soak up a beach sunset at Alonnah. At dusk, watch little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters make their way up the beach to their nests in The Neck Game Reserve. Delight in the rocky archway at Miles Beach on the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track. In the north, relax on the beaches around Bligh Point and Dennes Point.

Cockle Creek. Image credit: Paul County
Cockle Creek. Image credit: Paul County

The Far South

In the scenic Far South, discover peaceful beaches for swimming, fishing and boating at Dover and Southport or catch some waves at Big Roaring Beach. Drive to the very end of the road and unwind on the pristine beach at Cockle Creek.

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