The best beaches on the Cradle Coast, Tasmania

The best beaches on the Cradle Coast, Tasmania

While the Cradle Coast is famously known for iconic Cradle Mountain and wilderness adventures, it also boasts some of the best beaches in Tasmania. Varying in offering and proximity to coastal hubs, one thing remains the same for all: they're serene pieces of beach paradise, untouched by the masses.

If you're looking for a blissful slice of beach-heaven, when you disembark from the Spirit take the time for a beach tour of the Cradle Coast. From our region's most easterly beach, Bakers Beach at Narawntapu National Park, to the wild waters on the West Coast, these beaches will delight you with their solitude and beauty.

Horseriding on Bakers Beach, Narawntapu National Park

Horseriding on Bakers Beach, Narawntapu National Park. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan

Bakers Beach at Narawntapu National Park

Just 35 minutes from Devonport, Bakers Beach is a remote wilderness paradise. There are many ways to experience this long stretch of beautiful beach: horseback ride with Cradle Country Adventures; take the short walk to Archer's Knob; or simply set up a beach chair and soak up the sunshine.

Hawley Beach Tasmania

Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan

Hawley Beach

A short drive from Narawntapu and just on the other side of the Port Sorrell inlet, is a small easterly facing beach protected from the wild winds that typically roar from the west. Hawley Beach is a popular spot for families and singles alike in summer (though still never very busy!) and is located close to nearby Port Sorrell which has shops, restaurants and fuel. Hawley beach is the perfect spot for a picnic, and is only a 30-minute drive from Devonport.

Turners Beach Tasmania

An aerial view of the seaside community, Turners Beach. Photo: Emily Smith

Turners Beach

The seaside community of Turners Beach, located 10 minutes west of Devonport, is filled with young families, professionals and retirees. Its occupants are laid-back and enjoy daily strolls along the sandy beach at the end of the Forth River. Many days throughout the year Turners Beach can be enjoyed for hobbies such as longboard surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding and kitesurfing. Along the river mouth is also a great spot for catching fish; trout and salmon are among the common catches!

Preservation Bay Tasmania

The inviting sea and surrounds of Preservation Bay. Photo: Think Tasmania

Preservation Bay

Along the coastal highway between Penguin and Burnie, you'll find the peaceful Preservation Bay. The drive along this coastal road alone is enough to impress, but the inviting waters at Preservation will seal the deal. 10 minutes west of Penguin, and with a free area to park a caravan next to the Surf Club, you may just find yourself choosing to stay and enjoy the coastal scenes for a while. Next to the bay, at Preservation Point, a local surf spot can be enjoyed if the swell and winds are right.

Boat Harbour Beach Tasmania

The coastal community of Boat Harbour. Photo: Jess Bonde

Boat Harbour Beach

One of the more famous beaches on the Cradle Coast, Boat Harbour Beach attracts the most attention from visitors for its azure waters and unique location on the coast. As you approach Boat Harbour, located just 30 minutes from Burnie, the road winds and descends into the community, providing a spectacular view as you enter. With a beachside cafe, white sand and gradually deepening crystal clear water, Boat Harbour is a destination for beach-loungers and people looking to enjoy a relaxing environment. There are many accommodation options around the Boat Harbour area, as it's a popular spot for longer stay vacationers.

Sisters Beach Tasmania

Sunset at Sisters Beach, Tasmania. Photo: Jess Bonde

Sisters Beach

Located 15 minutes west of Boat Harbour, Sisters Beach is the quieter neighbour, with local shacks as well as accommodation. Strolling from one end of the beach to the other makes for a wonderful walk, and as you go you may come across locals or other visitors, or, you may have the beach to yourself. Sisters Beach is at the start of Rocky Cape National Park, which is one of five National Parks located in the Cradle Coast. Rocky Cape has many great short walks, as well as wildlife.

Marrawah Greens Beach Tasmania

A bird's-eye view of the beautiful Greens Beach at Marrawah. Photo: Jess Bonde

Greens Beach, Marrawah

On the far north-west coast, 1 hour and 45 minutes from Burnie, is the magnificent Greens Beach in Marrawah. On the West Coast most of the beaches are subject to the Roaring Forties - strong westerly winds of the Southern Hemisphere. Though on a sunny summer day, a stroll, swim and surf at Greens Beach makes for a perfect introduction to the West Coast.

The sea west of Tasmania is the longest uninterrupted expanse of ocean on the globe. From Argentina the currents sweep unimpeded more than halfway around the planet until they hit this point. Photo: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Edge of the World, Arthur River

The beach at the Edge of the World in Arthur River is a little less 'typical' to the others mentioned in this post. The landscape around Arthur River is almost otherworldly, with sandy beaches nestled amongst unique rock formations that tell geological stories of the past. Stop to read the information on the signs located at the Edge of the World, as they share unique and telling information about the West Coast's history and heritage.

Located 11 km north of Strahan (on the Zeehan road) is Henty Dunes. A mass of sand dunes, ideal for walking or tobogganing. Photo: Paul Fleming

Ocean Beach and Henty Dunes

Just outside of our region's most south-westerly town of Strahan sits Ocean Beach and Henty Dunes. Ocean Beach is a long stretch of coast with wild western waves and a series of large sand dunes which expand 15 kilometres and reach heights of 30 meters. Henty Dunes are a desert amid the West Coast rainforest. They're visually stunning and can be enjoyed on sandboards, toboggans, ATVs or on a casual beach stroll.

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