11 Friendly Beaches

Where is it?
Within Freycinet National Park, Friendly Beaches are 20km south of Bicheno on the Coles Bay Road.

Why you’ll love it:
Freycinet is Tassie’s most popular coastal park, and the famous Wineglass Bay can get positively overrun (by Tasmanian standards) during summer holidays. Not so Friendly Beaches, with their squeaky white silicone sand, crystal clear water and views that stretch forever. With the pelican-covered Saltwater Lagoon at one end and Freshwater Lagoon at the other, in reality Friendly Beaches are really just one very long stretch of pristine sand stroked by an aqua ocean. Because they’re so often completely people-free, it’s a good spot to try your hand (and the rest of your body) at skinny-dipping. Just be careful of rips, because these are ocean beaches and at the mercy of strong tidal currents. That could get embarrassing for both you and the rescue party.

The details:
For more information on the area, go to colesbay.com.au.

12 Lime Bay

Where is it?
This beautiful beachside camping spot is part of the Coal Mines Historic Site on the north-eastern shore of the Tasman Peninsula, not far from Saltwater River, a 25-minute drive from Port Arthur.

Why you’ll love it:
Leave behind the crowds of Port Arthur and wander freely though the evocative ruins of Saltwater River Convict Station with its dingy underground cells – and a waterfront view to die for. The beach is fringed by limestone rocks that have been sculpted by the wind, and there are ample opportunities for wildlife, wildflower and bird spotting.

The details:
For information on camping in Lime Bay State Reserve, go to parks.tas.gov.au.

13 Ocean Beach

Where is it?
6km west of Strahan on Tasmania’s wild – and often wet – west coast.

Why you’ll love it:
This 40km stretch of coast is Tasmania’s longest beach, with nothing but rolling waves and fresh air between you and the east coast of South America. Go horse riding along the beach, sandboarding on the dunes, or simply watch the sun sink into the sea at the edge of the world. Sure, it might not be the best beach for swimming and sunbaking (you shouldn’t be doing that anyway!), but it is certainly one of the most beautiful and most isolated beaches in the world.

The details:
For information on where to stay and what to do around Strahan, go to puretasmania.com.au.

14 Taroona Beach

Where is it?
Taroona is a mere 15-minute drive south of Hobart, via Sandy Bay Road.

Why you’ll love it:
A great beach for rock hopping, the water is perfect for kids and there is a playground in the park nearby. It’s the ultimate spot to view the Sydney to Hobart yacht race when the participants come around Storm Bay and into the Derwent River. You’ll find a wealth of shells and marine molluscs (anecdotally, Taroona is the local Aboriginal word for chiton, a type of mollusc). You’ll also see all sorts of birds such as cormorants, terns, gulls, herons and eagles.

The details:
For more information on Taroona Beach, go to taroona.tas.au.

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