Top Destination for 2009
Surrounded by water, Tasmania provides plenty of opportunities for a holiday on the beach. Like the rest of the state, the capital city of Hobart is home to some magnificent sandy beaches, many of which are close to the city centre. If you fancy a day at the beach when in Hobart try some places close to the Derwent River, on Hobart's east coast and around Sandy Bay, such as Cornelian Bay Beach, Lords Beach, Nutgrove Beach, Red Chapel Beach and Short Beach. These places are popular with the locals and visitors alike. Even though they are close to the city they are and secluded, providing perfect places to relax, sunbathe, swim, surf, scuba dive or snorkel. Hobart's impressive beaches are home to excellent beach facilities, and these include beach-side restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars, water sports, beach games, outdoor picnic tables, gas barbecues and playground areas. There are beach inspectors. Who regularly patrol during the summer months, as well as volunteer lifesavers. If you travel further afield in Tasmania, then try some of the beaches on the east coast. A good place is between Chain of Lagoons and St Marys, where you can also sample one of the legendary pancakes at the top of Elephant’s Pass. Why not explore the spectacular sand dunes at St Helens, or charter a yacht or fishing boat? If you travel to the north of St Helen’s, the Bay of Fires and The Gardens Coastal Reserves (near Binalong Bay) are both worth visiting and the Mount William National Park also has long and deserted beaches. Swansea, where there are two main beaches, is another good location for a beach holiday. Each has a caravan park and there is plenty of other accommodation nearby, including holiday apartments. Nearby is Schouten Beach, which overlooks Schouten Island and has magnificent views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula. Schouten Beach is ideal for children and is adjacent to the Swansea Golf Club. Jubilee Beach, at the northern end of Swansea, is ideal for swimming and all kinds of waterspouts. Swansea is a great base for exploring all the wonders of the Freycinet National Park and all the delights of Eastern Tasmania's coastline and beaches. These are just a few of the locations in Tasmania where you are bound to have a wonderful beach holiday.