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. In this post, we are writing about some of the best beaches in Sandy Bay and further south.
Long Beach Sandy Bay
This beautiful beach pictured above is a short walk from Long Beach House. Long beach is sandy and easy to walk on. It has picturesque waterside walking track, children’s play area, BBQ sites, park with picnic tables and benches, cafes, restaurants and shops. This beach is accessible to seniors with walkers and wheelchairs. There is ample parking too. This beach is enjoyed by kids and adults alike and is popular for picnics, BBQs, boating, sailing and sailboarding.
The Hobart Twilight Market at the beach is also popular with locals and tourists alike. It is held every second Friday in the warmer months.
The beach is also a well-known place for a large scale winter Dark MOFO nude solstice swim, deemed a cleansing ceremony.
Nutgrove Beach Sandy Bay
Nutgrove Beach is next to Long Beach, closer to the yacht club and Sundown Park. It is a steep, narrow, high tide beach with deep water and boats moored 50 m offshore. It is the nearest beach to Hobart CBD.
Hinsby Beach Taroona
Located on the southern side of rocky Crayfish Point, Hinsby beach is steep and narrow with numerous rocks along the shore and very clean sand. You can park in Hinsby street and then walk down a steep path to access the ‘hidden’ beach. Waves can average up to 0.5 m. It has a picnic bench and cold water shower.
Taroona Beach Taroona
Taroona beach is another sandy beach with barbecue shelter and a children’s playground. Taroona park is a nice place where kids will enjoy watching lizards, parrots and other native birds. Various colored beach boxes and boats on the foreshore provide good props for photographers looking to capture an interesting Tasmanian beach.
Kingston Beach Kingston
Kingston Beach is the main beach in Kingston suburb. A seawall, narrow reserve, picnic area and playground back the beach and towards the south there is a boat ramp across the beach and the Kingston Beach Sailing Club in the southern corner.
If you like to just walk on the beach, swim in the surf, paddleboard, or let your dog run free, this is the beach for you. There are also several good restaurants along the waterfront and in the nearby shopping centre. The water is calm with low waves.
Boronia Beach is an intimate beach hidden on the Kingborough coastline between Kingston and Blackmans Bay. It gets its name from the historic private residence behind it, ‘Boronia’, once operating as a hotel in the early 1900s.
Nestled between rugged cliffs and tall pines, Boronia beach is a lovely spot for a summer’s swim or snorkel, or simply to gaze at rock pools. It is a sandy beach with clear blue secluded waters and totally out of sight of civilization.
The Boronia Beach track begins just above the end of Kingston Beach and takes about 1 hour. For a shorter access, park at Jindabyne Road and walk 15 minutes down to the beach past bounding wallabies.
Blackman’s Bay and Blowhole
Blackmans Bay has a safe-swimming beach that curves between bordering sandstone points and rock platforms. It has a boat ramp, several boat sheds, restaurants, walking tracks and a park for the kids and ample parking space.
The blowhole sits at the northern end of the beach and 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.
Tinderbox Bay, at the south of Kettering, has a great sheltered beach and Tasmania’s only underwater snorkel trail, suitable for young and old, snorkelling beginners or experts.
The Tinderbox Marine Reserve extends about 700 metres southwest of the beach and is a great place to go for a snorkel or scuba dive. You are likely to see a vast range of different seaweeds and fish in the clear water and, if you are lucky, weedy sea dragons, seahorses, octopus and squids.
Which beach is your favorite? Please write and let us know.