4 best beaches in Tasmania

4 best beaches in Tasmania

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Looking for a fabulous beach? In Tasmania beaches are wild and beautiful. We’ve scoured the island for the four best beaches in Tasmania. Here are our picks for summer.

1-Bay of Fires

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Seaton Cove, Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Photo: Getty Images

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.

The coastline was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 after the many Aboriginal fires he sighted as he sailed by.

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Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Photo: Rob Burnett

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 snorkelling in the lagoons, inlets and bays to discover sponges, weedy sea dragons, rock lobsters and abalone and much more.

There are guided trips available. Offshore, 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 and 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.

It’s hard to go past their Tasmanian seafood broth with clams, salmon, prawns and 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.

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Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. Photo: Courtesy of Great Walks of Australia

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

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Neck Beach, Adventure Bay. Photo: Andrew Wilson

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 island’s more sheltered beaches. The bustling little township of Adventure Bay is an island hub.

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Adventure Bay. Photo: Rob Burnett

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.

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The Neck. Photo: Rob Burnett

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.

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.

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Adventure Bay Retreats. Photo: Sue Murray

There are some great luxury houses, such as Adventure Bay Retreats, as well as an excellent campground with waterfront cabins.

3-Boat Harbour Beach

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Boat Harbour. Photo: Andrew McIntosh Ocean Photography

Located on Tasmania’s north west coast, just 15 minutes from the Burnie/Wynyard Airport, Boat Harbour 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.

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Boat Harbour. Photo: George McKinnell

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 the 1830, Boat Harbour was once a port for shipping potatoes. Nearby in springtime you can enjoy colourful vistas of tulip fields in bloom.

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Harvest and Cater. Photo: Heidi Sze

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

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Fortescue Bay. Photo: James Emms

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.

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Fortescue Bay. Photo: Kathryn Leahy

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 travelling around Tasmania in a campervan.

There are toilets, fresh water, 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.

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Cape Hauy. Photo: JP & ES Baker

Discover Tasmania

For more things to see and do in Tasmania and Tasmanian points of interest see Best of Tasmania and Discover Tasmania.

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4 best beaches in tasmania

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