There are well recognised surfing beaches such as Shipsterns, Marrawah and Clifton beaches. There are local suburban beaches including Bellerive, Kingston and Seven Mile Beach. There are the shack beaches such as Gravelly Beach, Spring Beach at Orford or Boat Harbour Beach outside Burnie. Then there are the beaches locked away in Tasmania’s National Parks – pristine and undeveloped landscapes to leave you in total awe.
Some of these iconic beaches are located on the east coast where you will find locations such as world renowned Wineglass Bay located in the Freycinet National Park. The beach here was once voted into the top 10 beaches of the world due to its beauty, serenity and it’s stunning location. The pure white sands of the bay are only eclipsed in beauty by the incredible pink dolomite faces of the Hazard Mountain chain that can be walked over to gain access to the pristine beach of Wineglass Bay.
A short drive from Wineglass Bay is Friendly Beaches, a favourite Tasmanian camping and recreational location. This coastal reserve covers around 140 ha of coastline and nature reserve backing onto Moulting Lagoon. The soft high silicon sand is very fine and bright white and the beach itself is quite long and ideal for families wanting some time away from crowds. Like any Tasmanian beach, swimmers should watch out for rips and tidal movement before venturing too far out.
The Bay of Fires is another east coast wonder, located further north outside the town of St Helens in Binalong Bay. The crystal clear blue waters here contrast with the orange lichen covered granite stone on the shore as the waves land on the soft white sand. The Bay of Fires has been used for many activities including camping, boating, bird watching, fishing, swimming and surfing. The beach offers picturesque walking opportunities too.
On the west coast of Tasmania you will find Ocean Beach. This huge 40km expanse of sandy beach coastline can be so contrasting depending on the time of day or time of year you are there. The winds that hit the shore are directly from the southern oceans of Antarctica or all the way from South America. The waves can thump into the shore, echoing through your body as they crash. This is a stunning location on a clear evening to watch the sunset over the edge of the world.
In the south west, if you don’t mind a bit of a hike, some of the most remotely located beaches exist. A trip to Cockle Creek is a perfect location for families with sheltered beaches offering kids a watery playground and also for the fit, the start of the South Coast Track into the Southwest Wilderness. This is not a trip for the faint hearted, but the moment you reach the end of the duck boards and hit the southern coastline your senses are overwhelmed with huge vistas, crashing waves, coastal winds and salty sea air. Well worth the experience.
On the Tasman Peninsula, you will find more great beach locations. One of the favourites here is Fortescue Bay. This National Park managed beach location is a stunning 12km short drive off the main road to Port Arthur. Stunning views, crystal blue water and the starting point for walks to Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar.
Other beaches in this location include White Beach at Nubeena and Lime Bay outside Saltwater River.
There really is an option for everyone, whether your preference be surfing, boating, fishing, swimming, sun bathing, bird watching or just building sand castles – Tasmania has it all.
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