Our Coastal hubs include buzzing seaside towns, communities and attractions spanning the distance across our coastline. Our coastal hubs are full of magnificent beaches, forests, and the cleanest air in the world! Find stunning natural beauty, wild coastlines, picturesque towns and a slower pace of life. Enjoy weekend markets, live music and events that draw communities together to celebrate their environment.
Stanley and the Nut
Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, genteel cafes and quality B&B cottages, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat-topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water’s edge.
Wynyard is a relaxed seaside town located at the mouth of the Inglis River. Wynyard is a popular holiday spot for beach activities, ocean and river fishing, and lazy drives through picturesque landscapes. The local beaches are great for swimming, fishing, kayaking and waterside walks.
Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach
If you enjoy a quiet bay with white sands and clear water, then Boat Harbour is guaranteed to steal your heart. The area has two small population centres – the town, high above sea-level, and the small beach community below, nestled between rocky headlands. Sisters Beach is a quiet community and entry point to stunning Rocky Cape National Park, which surrounds Sisters Beach and pushes out into Bass Strait.
Table Cape is a dramatic landform that extends into Bass Strait with big views from the lookout and nearby lighthouse that are nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful at any time of year with its patchwork fields and rich red soil perched above the sea, the area bursts into colour when the fields of tulips flower in spring. Be sure to tiptoe through the tulips during the Bloomin' Tulips Festival, held in October every year.
Burnie is a port city with an industrial past that has reinvented itself as a vibrant and creative city on a beautiful stretch of the Cradle Coast. Nestled around Emu Bay on Bass Strait, Burnie has been an industrial centre for most of its existence. Since the closure of its paper pulp mill, the city has taken a creative approach to promoting itself and the many makers who call it home.
Penguin is a picturesque seaside town with a pretty esplanade, scenic walking trails, great coastal drives and a quirky collection of penguins on the street. Sitting on the edge of mighty Bass Strait, Penguin takes its name from a nearby penguin rookery. There’s a 10-foot penguin that makes a quirky photo opportunity, while the real thing can be seen each night at Penguin Point.
The bustling seaside town of Ulverstone at the mouth of the Leven River is a laid-back getaway with abundant birdlife, family-friendly swimming beaches, coastal paths and scenic picnic spots. Panoramic views of the town can be seen from the quirky zigzag gardens in Maud Street, and river cruises head 7 km upstream for lunch on the riverbank. There’s good fishing to be had in the river and estuary, too.
Devonport is a busy coastal city and hosts the Spirit of Tasmania ferry on its voyage to and from Melbourne. It’s the gateway to the Cradle Coast, with a bounty of fresh produce on its doorstep and plenty to explore right in town. Located on the Mersey River and the Bass Strait coast, Devonport enjoys river, ocean and mountain views and is close to some of Tasmania’s best natural places, including stunning Cradle Mountain.
Port Sorell offers foreshore walks and a floating pontoon for seaside fishing. There are beautiful beaches and sandy dunes to explore, plus low tide walks to Penguin Island and Rabbit Island – once a hideout for bushrangers. Nearby foodie experiences include restaurants, vineyards and orchard. Port Sorell comes alive in the summertime as a playground for water sports of all kinds and has a range of accommodation for a longer stay.
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