The Beaches of Hobart

Hobart is surrounded by water and the River Derwent provides for a host of beautiful beaches near to the city. Swimming and other water sports such as small boat sailing, rowing, windsurfing and water-skiing are all enjoyed at sites up and down the Derwent estuary. Based on long term monitoring, most of the Derwent's popular swimming beaches receive either good or fair grades in terms of water quality, with the best water measured at Taroona, Hinsby and Blackmans Bay beaches followed by Oppossum Bay and Little Sandy Bay.



Nutgrove Beach
Sandy Bay

Beaches in the Hobart municipal area around the suburb of Sandy Bay include Nutgrove Beach; Long Beach; Lords Beach; Red Chapel Beach, Sandy Bay; Short Beach and Cornelian Bay Beach, Cornelian Bay. Long Beach is very popular for picnics, BBQs, boating, sailing and sailboarding.




Taroona

Taroona (an Aboriginal word meaning sea-shell, specifically that of a 'Chiton') is a major residential suburb approximately 15 minutes drive south from the centre of Hobart, Tasmania on the scenic route between Hobart and Kingston. In the first half of the 20th century, large and elegant residences were built, as well as beach shacks and cottages which were used for seaside holidays by the residents of Hobart.




Opossum Bay

Opossum Bay is an attractive beachside hamlet approximately 40 minutes  drive from the Hobart CBD on South Arm on the east bank of the Derwent near the river mouth. It has the advantage of being not too distant from the city while being at the end of the line.  Opossum Bay has expansive views across the Derwent River channel to Kingston and the Alum Cliffs at Taroona, with Mt. Wellington beyond. At Opossum Bay there is a sandy beach in a sheltered bay.



Taroona

Taroona (an Aboriginal word meaning sea-shell, specifically that of a 'Chiton') is a major residential suburb approximately 15 minutes drive south from the centre of Hobart, Tasmania on the scenic route between Hobart and Kingston. In the first half of the 20th century, large and elegant residences were built, as well as beach shacks and cottages which were used for seaside holidays by the residents of Hobart.




Kingston

Kingston is a busy township just south of Hobart which has several small sheltered beaches and bays, for both surf and estuary swimming. Kingston Beach is the main beach, although the smaller beaches all offer something unique to the visitor. There are rock pools at Boronia, the blowhole at Blackmans Bay and you can follow the underwater snorkelling trail at Tinderbox Beach. There is an old colonial fort at Piersons Point from which there are expensive views across D'Entrecasteaux Channel and across to Bruny Island.




Bellerive and Howrah

The suburbs of Bellerive and Howrah, on the eastern side of the River Derwent, both have beaches on their doorstep. Bellerive Beach is situated between Kangaroo Bluff and Second Bluff alongside Alexandra Esplanade. Howrah Beach is situated to the east of Second Bluff. At the point of Kangaroo Bluff is the 19th century fortress known as Kangaroo Battery (built 1885) which is now a public park.



Seven Mile Beach

Seven Mile Beach, also on the eastern shore, Seven Mile Beach is a former holiday home area that offers one of the best 'walking' beaches in the Hobart area. The beach is a long crescent of sand overlooking Frederick Henry Bay. Curving along a natural sand spit, it extends east from the Seven Mile Beach residential area to Sandy Point. There is a general store at the western end of the beach, day use areas with picnic facilities, showers and toilets, a children's playground and a range of holiday accommodation.




Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach is one of Hobart's most popular beaches. Situated some 35Km SE of Hobart it is about a 30 min. drive from the city centre. Clifton Beach is the home of the Clifton Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. One side of the Clifton Beach peninsula faces across Pipe Clay Lagoon towards Cremorne and the other looks onto Frederick Henry Bay.



Lauderdale

Lauderdale, on the eastern shore, is set around the safe, beautiful, white sands of a long swimming beach. It is popular for fishing, boating and wind-surfing, and is close to the airport. Lauderdale is becoming increasingly popular as a place to live with young people, its relaxed beachside surroundings and lifestyle becoming increasingly appreciated.



Cremorne Beach

Cremorne is a sleepy coastal community situated some 30Km SE of Hobart it is about a 30 min. drive from the city centre. Cremorne is one of the very few locations in the area for launching boats onto Frederick Henry Bay. Cremorne faces across Pipe Clay lagoon towards Clifton Beach with a beach fronting onto Frederick Henry Bay.


Park Beach

Park Beach and Clifton Beach are the closest surfing beaches to Hobart, each about a 35-minute drive from the city centre. Park Beach is in Dodges Ferry at the end of Carlton Beach away from the river mouth.




Dodges Ferry

Dodges Ferry is a small township on the eastern side of the entrance to Pittwater in south eastern Tasmania. Like many of the settlements on Frederick Henry Bay, Dodges Ferry has long been a popular holiday resort for Tasmanians, especially for families. With sandy beaches and rocky headlands close at hand, it lies at the entrance to the Pittwater estuary and has a reputation for safe swimming, fishing and boating. Until the 1960s, Dodges Ferry comprised mainly of beach shacks, but an influx of Hobart commuters has seen a change to more modern, larger homes and facilities.


Tiger Head Beach

Tiger Head Beach is the main beach at Dodges Ferry. The beach is low and narrow, usually calm, and backed by numerous boat sheds, together with a boat ramp, two jetties and several boats usually moored off the beach.


Red Ochre Beach

Red Ochre Beach is a protected west-facing beach located on the north side of Spectacle Head and is divided into two sections by a 50 m long central outcrop of low rocks and boulders. The northern half consists of a wider sandy high tide beach and low hummocky foredune, with a narrow shallow bar and the Blue Lagoon Reserve backing the southern end.



Carlton Beach

Carlton Beach is a popular summer surfing beach located 40 km east of Hobart to the east of Dodges Ferry. The Carlton Beach Road runs off the Carlton Road and provides good access to the beach. The beach is 2.7 km long and faces south-southwest towards the entrance to Frederick Henry Bay 15 km to the south. The Carlton River mouth, its deep inlet and neighbouring Carlton Bluff form the eastern boundary with 20 m high Spectacle Head to the west. While the beach is set deep within Frederick Henry Bay, owing to its southerly orientation it receives most southerly swell entering the bay, with waves averaging about 1 m and occasionally higher.



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