One of the best ways to chill out when you’re studying is to relax at the beach. As a University of Tasmania student, you’re spoiled for choice. In Hobart, our Sandy Bay, IMAS and TCoTA campuses are all on the waterfront, and MSP and the Conservatorium are only a minute’s walk. But if you want to take a dip in crystal clear waters, go kayaking, fishing, or simply sunbathe on Tasmania’s endless stretches of sugar white sands, you have numerous beaches close at hand. Here are just 10 beaches suggested by some of our international and local students within easy reach of the university.

Western shore (Hobart side)

1. Long Beach

Located in Lower Sandy Bay, Long Beach is the most readily accessible swimming beach to the university’s Sandy Bay campus. With calm waters, a diving pontoon, changing pavilions and cafes, it’s not surprising that this beach is popular with students needing some time out from study. If you’re not a great swimmer this is definitely a perfect spot to take a dip without going in deep unexpectedly. Follow it up with a pizza and gelati from La Bella Pizza.

Long Beach at Sandy Bay on a summer Friday evening, with the Hobart Twilight Market in full swing

Long Beach at Sandy Bay on a summer Friday evening, with the Hobart Twilight Market in full swing


2. Taroona Beach

Located in the beachside suburb of Taroona, just down from the university’s IMAS Taroona facility, is the bush-lined Taroona Beach. Taroona means seashell (or more specifically chiton) in the local Aboriginal language. Go for a stroll from Taroona boat ramp east towards the beautiful Alum cliffs and you may well find an assortment of beautiful seashells.

Roughly 15 kilometres from the city centre and less than 10 minutes drive from the campus, Taroona is a great place to escape the crowds after class. If you decide to swim or kayak, there are changing facilities and a cold water shower as well as picnic facilities should you decide to bring lunch.

Taroona Beach. Photo credit: Mishka Gora

Taroona Beach. Photo credit: Mishka Gora


3. Kingston

Kingston is another seaside suburb, farther along from Taroona, that boasts a great swimming beach. With its own surf life saving club, it’s a safe place to go swimming over summer and you will even see hardened locals swimming the length of the beach and even further afield to Blackmans Bay through the depths of winter. Walking tracks extend along the beach and into the bush on either side of the beach making it a great place to go for a walk or jog. If you have a four-legged friend, there’s also a dog walking beach at the Hobart end of the beach.




4. Tinderbox

The quaintly named Tinderbox Beach sits on a small peninsula around 30 minutes’ drive from Hobart. Surrounded by bush and farmland, you’ll find a sheltered beach ideal for sailing, kayaking and swimming, with the added bonus of an underwater marine reserve perfect for snorkelling.



5. Coningham Beach

A small beach encircled by low cliffs and woodlands, this is worth a visit if not for the beautiful bush and clear waters, then for the quaint and colourful boat sheds that line the beach. This is a great place for a picnic (there is a small park and picnic area), a swim or a walk along the cliffs. Local sailors and fishers moor their boats in the bay and make forays across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island or further afield. Definitely a great place to relax and while away a summer’s day.

Conningham Beach 7


Eastern shore (airport side)

6. & 7. Bellerive and Howrah

Bellerive and neighbouring Howrah Beach are just over the Tasman Bridge from Hobart. If you’re into cycling or walking, take the inter-city bike path over the bridge and along the tree-lined Clarence Foreshore Trail. Grab some refreshments at the Waterfront Hotel before continuing on to Kangaroo Bluff where Bellerive Beach will extend below you and you’ll be afforded wonderful views of Mount Wellington and the Derwent to the west. If you’re hungry, buy some fish and chips at The Fish Bar at the start of Bellerive Beach, and either enjoy the beach and its park or continue over Second Bluff the equally beautiful Howrah Beach.

Mt Wellington/Kunanyi from Howrah Beach. credit: PC1134

Mt Wellington/Kunanyi from Howrah Beach. credit: PC1134


8. Seven Mile Beach

Great for walking (it’s not called Seven Mile for nothing), Seven Mile Beach is a 20 minute drive from Hobart and not far from the airport. Despite the township of Seven Mile at one end, you will often be the only person on the beach. You will, however, share the beach with a plethora of birdlife including oystercatchers, plovers, dotterels, lapwings, mutton birds (shearwaters), and cormorants. After a restful swim or job, grab an ice cream, potato cake or (oddly) authentic Thai food at the milkbar at the western end of the beach.



9. Opossom Bay Beach

With expansive views across the Derwent River to Kingston, Taroona and Mount Wellington, Opossom Bay at the mouth of the Derwent is well worth the 40 minute drive to get to. Here you can enjoy a sandy beach, sheltered clear waters and all the amenities (think ice cream!) that the beachside hamlet Opossom Bay can offer.

opossom Bay


10. Park (Carlton) Beach

If you’re after a surf, Park Beach is where you want to head. Around 35 minutes from the city centre, Park Beach is in Dodges Ferry at the end of Carlton Beach. Park is well protected from the big swells, making it a good place to learn to surf or to ride a wave when surf conditions are too big elsewhere. If you want to swim, walk down to the eastern end of the beach where the Carlton Beach surf lifesavers patrol the beach daily during December and January and on weekends and public holidays until late March.  Remember: always swim between the red and yellow flags!



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