A residential and commercial centre to the south of Hobart, Kingston offers many attractions including safe swimming at Kingston Beach, fishing, golf and shopping centres. Nearby Blackmans Bay, Tinderbox and Howden offer excellent views of the Derwent Estuary and across the D Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island.
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Kingston Beach Community Hall, Beach Road, Kingston Beach
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A community market held approximately every 2 months featuring local designers and producers displaying their handmade clothing, accessories, handbags, art, homewares and jewellery.
Golfing enthusiasts will also enjoy a round of golf at the Kingston Beach Golf Club. Known as one of Tasmania s premier golf courses it features an 18-hole championship layout making use of the Browns River with great ocean views. The golf club also has excellent clubhouse facilities including a dining room and spike bar.
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The headquarters of the Australian Antarctic Division is situated along the Channel Highway between Kingston and Margate. The centre provides support to the field stations in Antarctica. There are public displays of historic items, including Sir Douglas Mawson s sledge, and photographs from Antarctic expeditions, and information material about Antarctic wildlife. The museum is open on business days from 8:30am until 5:00pm and anyone interested in Antarctica will find this place of extreme interest.
With the outbreak of World War II, the Department of Defence acquired land at Piersons Point and South Arm on the opposite bank of the Derwent Estuary. Fort Direction was built on Piersons Point; its guns, though no longer used, are still in place. The only enemy action to ever affect Hobart happened on 1 August 1942, when a submarine-launched Japanese spy plane flew from the submarine s mooring in Great Oyster Bay south along the east coast of Tasmania, before flying northward along the Derwent River surveying Hobart and then returning to its mother submarine.
The Alum Cliffs walkway also offers some eminently photographic views. At the end of the walkway is the Blackmans Bay blowhole. The scenic delights of the area can be enjoyed from the walkway, or on the coastal drive through Blackmans Bay, Tinderbox and Howden or the views of Droughty Point, Bruny Island and D Entrecasteaux Channel from Piersons Point. The route followed by today s Alum Cliff Track has long been a coastal path used by local people. The Alum Cliffs walking track commences on the top of the bluffs above the southern end of Hinsby Beach and runs along the top of the 50-100 m high Alum Cliffs for 2 km to Tyndall Beach. Approached from Kingston, Alum Cliffs Track begins at the northern end of Kingston Beach. There are multiple entrances along the route at Tyndall Rd, Harpers Rd, Taronga Rd. Metro bus stop is 100m south of the intersection of Taronga Rd and Channel Highway. Track notes >>
Tyndall and Kingston beaches are located to either side of the sandy mouth of Browns River, with the centre of Kingston located 1.5 km to the west. The northern Tyndall Beach is a southeast-facing 300 m long sandy beach that extends from the southern rocks of 40 m high Bonnet Point to the usually narrow sandy river mouth and associated sand shoals. Tyndall is a relatively safe beach with usually low wave to calm conditions. Stay clear of boating activity in the southern corner and watch for deep water off the beach. Track notes >>
Kingston Beach is the first main swimming beach southwest of Hobart. The beach is patrolled by the new Kingston Beach SLSC, a branch of Clifton Beach SLSC. The area surrounding the beach is highly developed with Kingston Beach shopping area and housing behind the beach, and residential development on the southern slopes overlooking the beach. Kingston Beach (T 466) commences at the river mouth and curves to the south for 1 km to the first rocks of Boronia Point. The beach faces east-southeast receiving waves travelling up the Derwent estuary and averaging about 0.5 m, which break across a 30-50 m wide low tide terrace. A seawall, narrow reserve, picnic area and playground back the beach. Towards the south there is a boat ramp across the beach and the Kingston Beach Sailing Club in the southern corner, with a hotel behind.
Kingston Beach is a relatively safe beach with usually low wave to calm conditions. Stay clear of boating activity in the southern corner and watch for deep water off the beach. It is back by a car park with a capacity of 100 cars.
Blackmans Bay, to the south of Kingaston, was named after a James Blackman who occupied land there in the 1820s while another "Blackman Bay", near Dunalley (also in Tasmania) was so named in 1642 because of the presence of Aboriginal people. The town is located adjacent to Kingston, and is approximately fourteen kilometres south of Hobart, to which it is connected by the Southern Outlet motorway.
There is a blowhole near the northern end of the beach, which in reality is more like a large rock arch where waves can be seen coming in and crashing on the rocks. There are numerous cliffs and viewpoints along Blowhole Road. On the southern side of the beach there is a track that leads to Flowerpot Point. This is a popular spot for fishing, although snags are an issue because of the prevalence of seaweed and rock ledges beneath the water.