Tasmania Beaches are the epitome of Island Life – white sandy beaches, clear blue waters. Even with low temperatures, you can enjoy fishing, kayaking, sailing, diving, surfing and swimming all year round. Its coastline is fairly underdeveloped, and offers simplicity – getting back to basics – pure simply enjoyment. Go kayaking on the still waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, or head to Bruny Island which is home to over 130 different birds, including the Little Penguin. Hobart is the Capital of Tasmania is home to the Derwent River, a favorite for daily fishing or sailing. Here are your best bets for great beaches in Tasmania:
Bay of Fires
On Tasmania’s north east coast, The Bay of Fires is a gently scalloped series of glorious powder white sand beaches backed with sea grasses and framed with huge orange lichen-covered boulders. Bay of Fires certainly is in the running to be one of the best beaches in Tasmania. Behind the beaches are several lagoons and inlets brimming with bird life, which are protected in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. This is the perfect place to go beach combing and swimming when the aquamarine sea is calm. The water is so translucent that it is also great to go diving and snorkeling in the lagoons, inlets and bays to discover sponges, weedy sea dragons, rock lobsters and abalone and much more. The Moresco Restaurant is a fabulous spot to soak up the views over this Tasmania beach while feasting on inspired dishes of local seafood and Cape Grim beef.
Adventure Bay, Bruny Island
Adventure Bay is a long scallop of Eastern-facing sandy beach that stretches from Fluted Cape in the south to the isthmus called The Neck that connects South Bruny and North Bruny islands. It is a popular spot for swimming as it isone of the island’s more sheltered beaches. The bustling little township of Adventure Bay is an island hub. This is also where you can see fairy penguins and mutton birds returning to their nests at dusk. In the south there are terrific bush walks around Fluted Cape.
Boat Harbor Beach
Located on Tasmania’s north west coast, just 15 minutes from the Burnie/Wynyard Airport, Boat Harbor Beach is a locals’ secret. It is a gorgeous crescent-shaped beach tucked beneath the hillside of a pretty little holiday village. With lots of low-key beach houses overlooking the beach, this is the perfect spot for an old-fashioned beach holiday in Tasmania. Lifesavers from the Boat Harbor Surf Life Saving Club patrol through the summer months and the crystal clear water is perfect for swimming and diving. A walkway winds along Port Road from the beach to the top of the escarpment giving spectacular views of the pristine sands with vistas of Table Cape to the east and Rocky Cape to the west. It’s a perfect Tasmania beach for a summer holiday. Another trail leads from Boat Harbor Beach right through to the Postman’s Track at Sisters Beach in Rocky Cape National Park. Seabreeze, a terrific little restaurant with views of the water and rolling green hills, serves up local oysters, scallops and fish as well as Cape Grim beef, thin crust pizzas and local Tasmanian beers and Tasmanian wines.
Fortescue Bay, Tasman Peninsula
Completely surrounded by the Tasman National Park on the Tasman Peninsula, Fortescue Bay is a secluded wilderness beach of sugar-white sand that is generally quite safe because it is protected by headlands of high dolerite cliffs. The magnificent cliffs near Fortescue Bay would be enough to win it the prize of being one of the best beaches in Tasmania. It is also a popular boating destination because of the sheltered waters and good fishing and there is a boat launching ramp. There are toilets, fresh water, a token-operated shower, camp sites, gas barbecues and fireplaces with firewood for sale. There are excellent day walks to places like Canoe Bay with its shipwreck offshore and through heath and woodland to get fabulous views of the steep cliffs and unusual rock formations at Cape Hauy.
Wine Glass Bay/Hazards Beach
Renowned for its picturesque crystal blue waters and fine quartz sand, Wineglass Bay is the main attraction within the Freycinet National Park of Tasmania’s east coast. Wineglass Bay is one of the top-rated beaches in Australia, and a premier destination for hikers in Freycinet National Park. A great way to see Wineglass Bay and the beautiful beach on the opposite side of the peninsula is to hike Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit.
Wineglass Bay is on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula and is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. This crescent of white sand and sapphire-colored water with pink and grey granite peaks is one of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments. It’s a great location for fishing, sailing, kayaking, rock-climbing, or just soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery. Wineglass Bay has become a favorite honeymoon destination for couples with secluded sandy beaches, luxurious eco-lodges, and fine cuisine. The Freycinet Peninsula is an adventure of pure indulgence.
Hazards Beach is a long, lovely beach stretching a couple kilometers down the west coast of Freycinet Peninsula. Walk south down the beach and keep an eye on the sand below your feet, where you may spot crabs washed up on the beach.
Bicheno is one of the east coast’s best-loved holiday destinations. Aside from swimming, foreshore walks, beach combing and some of the east coast’s finest fishing, Bicheno offers fantastic wildlife experiences. See Little Penguins return to their burrows on an evening penguin experience, join a guided tour to see Tasmanian devils, and encounter native wildlife at the East Coast Natureworld. Go snorkeling at Waub’s Bay to see abundant marine life or, for experienced scuba divers, explore the Governor Island Marine Reserve. You can also experience the underwater environment from the comfort of the glass bottom boat tour. Or, visit nearby Douglas Apsley National Park to see native forests, waterfalls and dramatic scenery. Bicheno also has great cafes and restaurants, shops and a huge choice of accommodation. And, if you’re visiting in the spring, don’t miss the chance to taste luscious east coast produce and cuisine at the annual Bicheno Food and Wine Festival—a celebration of the region’s best food and wine, held here each November.