Summer is for sea, salt and sand! The Southern Trove is a beach lover’s delight, with stunning beaches the whole way down the coast to the southern tip of Tassie. Closest to Hobart, you’ll find popular beaches as well as hidden gems in The Channel, including some dog friendly options. Bruny Island holds various jewels, from wild Cloudy Bay to sheltered Adventure Bay. The journey to the edge of the treasure map will reward you with the pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear water of the Far South (which you might even have all to yourself). We’ve listed ten of our favourite beaches to help you decide – or perhaps beach hopping is the answer?
1. Kingston Beach
Kingston Beach is popular for all the right reasons! Go for a stroll and see what kind of treasures you discover washed up on the sand. If you’re keen for a longer stretch of the legs, the lovely Alum Cliffs Track starts behind the beach. Dog parents, take your four legged friend for a swim at the northern end of the beach. There are some great restaurants and bars close by, and fish and chips on the beach is always a winner.
2. Boronia Beach
Boronia Beach is a true hidden gem. From the southern end of Kingston Beach, it’s a short walk (2km return) through the bush to the beach, which is nestled between rugged cliffs and tall pines. This wonderfully secluded spot is perfect for a refreshing dip or a snorkel.
3. Blackmans Bay Beach
Just a short drive south from Kingston Beach, you’ll find Blackmans Bay Beach. This one is also a favourite with locals. Cool off in the water or explore the rock pools. There are also some nice restaurants close by.
4. Coningham Beach
Coningham is a sheltered and secluded family favourite, located near Snug. Take the kids and build some sandcastles, go for a paddle, and admire the adorable boathouses.
5. The Neck Beach
The Neck is famous for those iconic views, but have you ever headed down to explore the beach? It’s an absolute stunner! It becomes even more magical at dusk, when you can watch groups of little penguins make their way up the beach back to their burrows (best viewed between September and February).
6. Adventure Bay
The beach at Adventure Bay is one of the more popular spots for swimming on Bruny, as it’s one of the most sheltered beaches on the island. Adventure Bay is a great place to visit, as several of the island’s main walks depart from the township and it’s also the base of a variety of tourist attractions.
7. Cloudy Bay
Cloudy Bay is one for those who like it a little wild. The Bay consists of a 5km long beach, which offers waves suitable for experienced surfers at one end, as well as a peaceful camping location at the other. Each year, Cloudy Bay plays host to Tasmanian surfing championship, the ‘Bruny Island Surf Classic’.
8. Big Roaring Beach
Big Roaring Beach, near Dover, is a top spot to catch some waves. It’s also lovely to stroll along the white sand and enjoy the scenery. Dover is a small fishing village in the Far South, and you must try the fresh local seafood!
Southport is a small township, also in Far South Tasmania, that is perfect for a relaxed beachy holiday. It’s hard to believe now, but back in the 19th century this sleepy holiday spot was Tasmania’s second biggest town! Today, a lot of Southport’s appeal lies in the peace and quiet of this beautiful part of the world.
10. Cockle Creek
Cockle Creek is as far south as you can drive in Australia. It might be surprising that there are amazing beaches in a place where the next stop south is Antarctica! This is a pristine and mostly untouched part of the world, with long sandy beaches and crystal clear water. There’s also a camp ground at Cockle Creek, so why not take a few days to unwind and get back in touch with nature?
For more tips, see Exploring the Trove.
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