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Our Guide: Beaches of Southern Tasmania

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One of the many perks of Tasmania being an island is our abundance of beautiful beaches. We have sheltered family favourites, long stretches of white sand to stroll on, secluded coves, and surfing hot spots—all within easy driving distance of Hobart. There are also no crowds to battle like our poor mainland counterparts (we really hope they’re doing okay up there).

We’ve listed some of our favourites by region to help you choose where to get your prescribed dose of salt, sea and sand. Please note: this is by no means an exhaustive list—we’ve got to leave some gems for you to discover on your own!

Greater Hobart

Long Beach in Sandy Bay is a great one for families—there’s an awesome playground near the beach and the pontoon is always a novelty. Around the bend, walk along Nutgrove Beach and enjoy scenic views to kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

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 with great views of the Alum Cliffs and Shot Tower.

On the 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 Beach, Gorringe’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).

The Tasman Region

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).

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 Trove

The Southern Trove begins just a 10 minute drive south from 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.

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.

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.

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.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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