Looking for a fabulous beach? In Tasmania, beaches are wild and beautiful. We’ve scoured the island for the best beaches in Tasmania and there’s no shortage of beautiful ones there. As an island, going to the beach is an activity in Tasmania that is on every visitor’s list. So, here are our picks for a Tasmanian beach holiday.
10 Best Beaches in Tasmania
1- Bay of Fires
Not only is it a remote spot to see the Southern Lights glowing mysteriously in the dark night’s sky, in North East Tasmania, but the Bay of Fires is also a gently scalloped series of glorious powder white sand beaches backed with seagrasses and framed with huge orange lichen-covered boulders.
It’s not hard to see why the Bay of Fires would certainly be one of the best beaches in Tasmania.
There are several lagoons and inlets brimming with birdlife, which are protected in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.
The coastline was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 after the many Aboriginal fires he sighted as he sailed by.
This is the perfect place to go beachcombing and swimming, especially when the aquamarine sea at this Tasmania beach is calm.
The water is so translucent that it is also great to go diving (see this post for more about diving in Tasmania) and snorkelling in the lagoons, inlets and bays.
Discover sponges, weedy sea dragons, rock lobsters, abalone and other treasures of the sea.
There are guided trips and local operators also offer some of Australia’s best game fishing.
The laid-back little community of Binalong Bay has some terrific holiday houses and campsites.
Moresco Restaurant is a fabulous spot to soak up the views over this gorgeous Tasmania beach while feasting on inspired dishes of local seafood and Cape Grim beef.
It’s hard to look past their Tasmanian seafood broth served with clams, salmon, prawns or the calamari smothered in a mild chilli, tomato, garlic and white wine broth.
Savour it on the deck with a glass of chilled Tasmanian chardonnay at sunset.
Bay of Fires is a top spot to try hiking Tasmania. A spectacular way to explore the region is on the four-day Tasmanian Walking Company Bay of Fires Lodge Walk.
Alternatively, you can camp behind the beach to enjoy sensational views of the coast and sea in the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.
2- 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 is one of the more sheltered Tasmanian beaches.
The bustling little township of Adventure Bay is an island hub.
Named after Captain Tobias Furneax’ ship the Adventure (1773), Adventure Bay is the first sheltered anchorage for ships traversing the Southern Ocean.
It was a major safe anchorage for a host of early explorers including captains Cook, Bligh, d’Entrecasteaux, Tobin and Furneaux.
It was the place where the first specimen of Eucalypt in the world was collected and the planting of the first European trees on Australian soil.
It was also a major whaling station but now that whaling has long since stopped you can see southern right whales here between June and October.
Bruny Island is made up of North and South Bruny. They are almost two separate islands joined by a narrow isthmus called The Neck.
At The Neck, you can climb the long staircase to the top of the dunes for a 360-degree panoramic view of the isthmus.
This is also where you can see fairy penguins and mutton birds returning to their nests at dusk.
In the south, there are terrific bushwalks around Fluted Cape.
South Bruny is well known for its birdlife, including the endangered forty spotted pardalote, as well as the white wallaby and golden possum which hide amongst the stringy barks, white gums and myrtle trees.
There are some great luxury houses, such as Adventure Bay Retreats, as well as an excellent campground with waterfront cabins.
Artisan cheesemaker Bruny Island Cheese Company has great cheeses, lunch platters, coffee and ice cream.
3- Boat Harbour Beach
Located on Tasmania’s north-west coast, just 15 minutes from the Burnie/Wynyard Airport, Boat Harbour Beach is a locals’ secret and a wonderful Tasmania beach to escape to.
The gorgeous crescent-shaped beach is 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 Harbour Surf Life Saving Club (which also run the waterfront café Harvest and Cater) 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 and it’s easy to see why this is one of the best beaches in Tasmania.
Another trail leads from Boat Harbour Beach right through to the Postman’s Track at Sisters Beach in Rocky Cape National Park.
Settled in 1830, Boat Harbour was once a port for shipping potatoes. Nearby in springtime, you can enjoy colourful vistas of tulip fields in bloom.
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.
4- 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.
An excellent campground (bookings essential), perfect for those on a road trip around Tasmania in a campervan.
There are toilets, freshwater, a token-operated shower, 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.
5- Hopground Beach, Maria Island
Maria Island is like a microcosm of Tasmania with a huge diversity of geology and landscapes.
This Tasmanian island is a 30-minute ferry ride from Triabunna, off Tasmania’s east coast.
Being an island, of course, Maria Island is surrounded by remote and pristine beaches.
Maria Island is a national park that offers close encounters with wildlife and a fascinating glimpse into Tasmania’s Aboriginal, convict and colonial history.
Best of all, there are no cars so you can enjoy a wonderful sense of removal from the rest of the world.
Just like Bruny Island, Maria Island’s northern and southern sections are joined by a narrow isthmus.
There are numerous walking trails through open eucalypt forest and grasslands that access the island’s many powdery white sand beaches.
The intrepid can climb the scree of the towering Bishop and Clerk dolerite peaks for magnificent views to the mainland.
The Painted Cliffs at one end of Hopground Beach is a kaleidoscope of patterned sandstone sculpted by mineral-rich water and wind.
Huge granite boulders at Haunted Bay are covered with bright orange lichen.
At the foot of massive cliffs, you can also explore fossils of ancient sea creatures in an old limestone quarry.
Maria Island is now the home to a thriving newly located colony of Tasmanian devils. You’ll almost fall over the hundreds of blonde wombats that love to graze on heathlands overlooking the water.
Other wildlife includes rare Cape Barren geese, Bennett’s wallabies, Forester kangaroos and a host of birdlife such as sea eagles, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and if you are lucky, the forty-spotted pardalote.
There is a lot of convict history, too, and you can check out the buildings and ruins of Darlington, which is one of the best examples of a convict probation station in Australia.
Free camping and bunk accommodation is available at Darlington but the best way to explore Maria Island is on the fabulous fully accommodated and catered Maria Island Walk.
6- Porky Beach, King Island
The saying goes that King Island imports the world’s best surfers and exports produce sought by the world’s top chefs.
80kms off the north-west coast of Tasmania, King Island is surrounded by stunning beaches. For surfers, these are some of the best beaches in Tasmania.
This Tasmanian island is accessible by air from Melbourne, Launceston and Burnie.
As such, it is a destination for foodies who strive to be close to the source. It’s also a wonderful getaway for nature lovers and serious surfers and divers.
There are a host of walking trails and maritime trails which access cliffs, coves, lagoons and many of this Tasmanian island’s infamous shipwrecks.
Learn to surf and if you are experienced, try the breaks at Red Hut Point and Porky Beach.
There are more than 70 diving spots including many shipwreck sites that cater to divers of all ability levels.
Have a hit of golf on one of the world’s most remote courses; take a guided platypus tour; swim in a hanging lake and go horse riding.
Twitchers will enjoy seeking out the 78 bird species found on the island while fishermen are spoiled for choice in the island’s pristine waters.
The local restaurants and cafes serve up the best of King Island’s succulent beef, full cream cheeses and just caught crayfish.
Accommodation is in hotels, motels, B&Bs and holiday houses.
7- Trousers Point, Flinders Island
Off Tasmania’s northeast coast, Flinders Island is the largest of the 52 islands in the Furneaux group, nicknamed the Mountains in the Sea.
It is accessible by air from Launceston and Essendon (in Melbourne) as well as by ferry from Bridport (Tasmania) and Port Welshpool (Victoria).
The pink and grey granite mountain ranges of the Strzelecki National Park a fabulous walking destination.
Explore the stunning arc of beach at Trousers Point, one of Tasmania’s best beaches, with its lichen-covered granite boulders.
Watch mutton birds flying at dusk at the Port Davies viewing platform and fossick for the Killiecrankie diamond, a type of topaz, at Mines Creek and Diamond Creek.
Explore the restored chapel, graves and ruins of the Wybalenna Aboriginal settlement, where 135 aboriginals from the Tasmanian mainland were relocated to be ‘civilised and Christianised’
Accommodation is in a resort, B&Bs and holiday cottages. There are also farm stays, cabins and camping grounds.
8- Sisters Beach
What’s cool about it? Sisters Beach is a small community inside a national park
If you vacation at Rocky Cape National Park, you’ll realise there’s something remote about this place when you hear about the olden days.
There was a time when the only connection to civilisation was horseback riding on an old horse trail known as the Postman’s Track.
Nowadays, with only roughly 380 people living in Sisters Beach, you won’t find any new homes (residential development is restricted) and chances are pretty good you won’t find any cellphone reception either!
To boot, the park is also home to a collection of ancient caves that once were used by the Tasmanian Aboriginals.
Warning: Instagramming in the caves is not permitted.
9- Wineglass Bay
Pick up a Tasmania brochure and, chances are, you’ll see a photo of Freycinet Peninsula’s Wineglass Bay, which is a stunning and pristine beach on the east coast of Tasmania.
This beach is not only one of the best beaches in Tasmania, but it has consistently won the hearts of international visitors and has made it onto many top ten lists of beaches around the world.
Framed by the eye-catching pink granite peaks of ‘The Hazards’, this beautiful beach is only a 2.5-hour drive from Hobart or Launceston.
The Freycinet Peninsula was named after the Freycinet brothers (Louis Claude and Louis Henri), who were part of a French exploration team that discovered Tasmania in 1802.
Years later, during the 1820s, Wineglass Bay was a popular place for whalers to harpoon whales and drag them ashore.
The Coles Bay camping grounds walk through The Hazards to Wineglass Bay is a popular two-hour hike, and there are several longer walking treks in the area.
Other activities to enjoy here include kayaking, scuba diving and fishing.
The park’s visitor’s centre has toilets, electric barbecues and picnic tables.
10- Ocean Beach
The West Coast of Tasmania is far more remote and less accessible than the east coast of Tasmania.
Ocean Beach is the longest Tasmanian beach, with 30km of white sand connecting Macquarie Heads and Trial Harbour.
The beach is 6km from Strahan, with strong Southern Ocean swells, rips and roaring winds known as the ‘Roaring 40s’.
It’s a spectacular beach to soak up the power of nature, go on beach walks, look for seashells and stones.
Keep in mind that the beach is not patrolled and it is not safe to swim. Nature-lovers should visit between October and April to see the mutton birds nesting in the dunes.
The dunes stretch for kilometres and can reach up to 30m high.
Also known as short-tail shearwaters, they migrate 15,000km (the flight takes six weeks!) from the Arctic to nest on Ocean Beach each year.
Because of where it is, the sunsets at Ocean Beach are breathtaking.
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There are plenty of amazing beach houses, beachside cottages and B&B’s to book while travelling around Tasmania.