In our (totally unbiased) opinion, Hobart’s blessed by having some of Australia’s best beaches within minutes of the CBD. Unlike Bondi or the Gold Coast, Hobart beaches are uncrowded and super easy to get to! Not only that but the white sand and beautifully clean water make an epic backdrop for any photo.
To help you decide where to go, we’ve pulled together a list of the best Hobart beaches.
1. Clifton Beach
This 2km beach is a local favourite surf beach close to Hobart. Clifton is flanked by cliffs and is backed by a coastal reserve, making it feel extremely private once you’re there. It can be dangerous when the waves pick up, but is patrolled on weekends and mostly fine.
Getting there: A 30 minute drive south-east of Hobart.
2. Kingston Beach
This 1km long beach is one of the best Hobart beaches for swimming. Kingston Beach is patrolled on weekends and its relatively calm conditions make it perfect for a refreshing dip. Once you’ve dried off head to one of the many cafes and bars just across the road from the beach.
Getting there: It’s a 15 minute drive south of Hobart city.
3. Seven Mile Beach
You guessed right, this beach is seven miles long, so heaps of room for you to spread out and enjoy the beach in peace. Seven Mile Beach tends to have a gentle surf, making it great for swimming and surfing.
Getting there: Seven Mile Beach is right next to Hobart Airport.
4. Taroona Beach
This rocky beach has small waves, which is good if you need a quick dip to cool off. The beach is backed by Taroona Park, so you can relax on the grass if sand isn’t your thing.
Getting there: Taroona Beach is 15 minutes south of Hobart.
5. Sandy Bay
This fabulous stretch of beach is located in the heart of Hobart city. The main beach, Long Beach, has small waves and has a public park right behind. As you walk around the bends you’ll find other beaches that are backed by beautiful houses. It’s a great place for an afternoon or morning walk if you’re staying close to the city.
Getting there: Head to the Sandy Bay waterfront to find this stretch of beach.
6. Carlton Beach
Carlton Beach is a popular surf beach close to Hobart, with waves averaging about 1 metre high. The super spacious beach is backed by a coastal reserve, allowing you to quickly forget you’re just outside a major city. Cartlon Beach is patrolled on weekends, so swim between the flags.
Getting there: A little further than the other beaches, it’s about 40 minutes drive east of Hobart.
7. Bellerive Beach
This idyllic beach looks across the Derwent River onto Hobart CBD. It has a gentle slope and relatively calm conditions, making it great for a walk on the sand or a quick swim in summer.
Getting there: Drive away from Hobart city, across the Tasman Bridge and turn right.
Can you swim at Tasmanian beaches?
Yes, you can! Hobart is lucky to have a number of patrolled beaches with surf lifesavers on guard to help keep you safe. If you’re not a strong swimmer, only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags and stay close to the shoreline where you can stand up.
What to bring to the best beaches in Hobart?
Before you go, get dressed in your swimmers and pack a towel so you’re ready to dive right into the water when you arrive. For some uniquely Australian swimwear designs you can’t go past Billabong, Seafolly or the high end fashion line Camilla. If you’re keen to look the part of a more serious swimmer then the iconic Australian brand Speedo is your way to go. And if you’re in the market for a new beach towel, googles or surf accessories, then you’re going to want to click here.
Once you’re ready to go just pack the car with some snacks to make the most of your day out. But remember to take your rubbish with you when you leave to keep these beaches pristine!
Travelling around Hobart and looking for somewhere to stay?
Fear not, we’ve got you covered! Hobart has a huge selection of luxury hotels, mid-range accomodation and fabulous Airbnb’s. Click here to see what’s on offer! We recommend looking at the luxury Moss Hotel, the waterfront MACq 01 hotel, or the artsy Pavillions at the Mona museum.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your towel, grab your sunscreen and head to one of these best beaches near Hobart today.