Kingston Beach is popular with families and dog lovers, and is just a 15 minute drive south from Hobart. Relax on the sand, frolic in the water, enjoy a leisurely walk, and grab a bite to eat by the beach. You probably don’t need much convincing, but here are six reasons to visit.
1. Dreamy beach swings
If you’ve been jealously eyeing off those pictures of smug travellers perched wistfully on a beach swing, then we have good news—our very own Kingston Beach has the goods! Set your inner child free and demand to be pushed higher and higher.
2. Beautiful walks
Kingston Beach is a nice length for a leisurely stroll along the sand. If you’d prefer not to walk along sand or are a cyclist, the paved path parallel to the beach is a great option. For some extra magic, walk along the beach at sunrise (look across the water) or sunset (look towards the mountain). Don’t forget your camera!
On the south side of Kingston Beach, 100m up the hill on Mt Royal Rd, discover the Boronia Beach Track. Enjoy views out to the Iron Pot and Eastern Shore, framed by large blue gums and sheoaks. The secluded beach is great for snorkelling, with sea dragons often spotted. Once upon a time, day-trippers would catch the ferry from Kingston Beach to the Boronia Hotel above the beach (c. 1900, now a private residence).
For something a bit longer, the beautiful Alum Cliffs Track (2hrs/6km return) begins behind the northern end of Kingston Beach. Walk along the coast through scenic bushland towards the historic Taroona Shot Tower. Along the way, enjoy stunning views over Storm Bay and the Derwent Estuary. Add on the Brickfields Track to see the historic remains of the brick-making area of an 1840s convict probation station.
3. Get out on the water
Being Tassie, if you jump in for a swim or a cheeky paddle it’s probably going to be a bit fresh. That is half the fun though (feeling will come back to your limbs eventually). It’s best to steer clear of any boating activity in the southern corner, and be mindful of deep water off the beach. You could also head out in the kayak or paddle board on calm Browns River.
4. Take the dog
The area north of Browns River is a 24/7 off-leash area for dogs—that’s a lot of space to run and play, so go wild! Dogs can enjoy exciting games of beach fetch and meet other dogs to sniff. Humans can giggle at their smiley four-legged friends galloping through the water, then brace for the enthusiastic wet shake. Make use of the hoses for rinsing, water bowls for drinking, and good supply of poo bags. Kingston Beach has got to be in the running for the best dog beach in all of Tasmania!
5. Eat & drink
There are some fantastic restaurants and cafes by the beach, as well as hip places to grab a drink. Choose from the classic beach fuel of fish and chips, a cool ice-cream cone, freshly brewed coffee, yummy baked treats, or a sit down lunch or dinner overlooking the water. Take your salty dog (and your salty kids) to the reinvented Salty Dog Hotel and enjoy fantastic food and drink, an ice-cream bar, beer garden, and regular live music. Another option is to make use Kingston Beach’s BBQ and picnic facilities near the playground.
6. Browse the local market
The Kingston Beach Handmade Market is on every second Sunday of the month at the Kingston Beach Hall from 10am to 3pm. Discover an eclectic mix of local artists, designers, craftspeople, growers and gourmet producers, with a focus on high quality handmade goods and fresh local produce. Take the family, search for treasure, treat yourself to some yummy food, and enjoy live music.
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