I have been following recent activity on Think Tasmania’s Facebook page regarding the best Tasmanian beaches. From the responses, it would appear that Boat Harbour is the most popular and I must agree that it has enormous appeal to those that visit. It is a sheltered beach, with white sand and blue or green sea depending on conditions.

Tasmanian Beach - Boat Harbour Beach
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Boat Harbour Beach, north west Tasmania (Photo by Dan Fellow)

My Favourite Tasmanian Beach

by Roger Findlay

I would love to own one of the few homes that line the front of Boat Harbour Beach. I could walk down a few steps onto the beach in the morning and then enjoy the view from my balcony in the afternoon. Maybe I’d get a small boat and a telescope for the upper level. You’re dreaming Roger. Get real!

Tasmanian Beach - Boat Harbour
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Houses on one very popular Tasmanian beach: Boat Harbour, north west coast

I have figured that there isn’t a perfect beach for every taste. It will depend on what you intend to do. Do you want to swim, walk, fly a kite, sunbathe or peer into rock pools? Are you a dog walker, shell collector, para sailor or surfer? Now you know what I mean.

Tasmanian Beach: Exemplary on the East Coast

For me, walking along the beach from Douglas River towards Bicheno is as good as it gets. I can walk for miles and the sand is always clean.

Tasmanian Beach - Douglas River
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Douglas River: fascinated by the seaweed on this Tasmanian beach

The Porches intrigue me. Over the years the sea has eroded the hard sand into unusual formations and I often wonder whether they have Aboriginal significance.

Tasmanian Beach - The Porches, via Bicheno
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The Porches, eroded into the Tasmanian beach near Bicheno, east coast

Tasmanian Beach - East Coast
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The Porches, an unusual formation caused by coastal erosion (near Bicheno)

When Gavin and I walked the beaches of the Bay of Fires we agreed that some of the best beaches would have been impossible to access without walking in through dunes and dense scrub. Even then you would have to be familiar with the access points. For this reason, it would be most impractical for a day out with the kids when you have to cart chairs, Esky’s, beach balls and inflatables.

Tasmanian Beach - Bay of Fires
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Stellar Tasmanian Beach: Bay of Fires, north east (photo by Dan Fellow)

Wineglass Bay has to be the most photographed seascape. The view and the beach are magnificent. Some say it’s the best in the world but I’ve lived in Cape Town and know that Camps Bay and Clifton would rival it for beauty.

North, South, East and… West Coast

The west coast is an area I need to visit especially the Strahan area. I’ve been on a beach at Strahan but it’s now a distant memory. I apologise for my lack of knowledge of the west coast version of Tasmanian beaches.

Tasmanian Beach - Ocean Beach at Sunset
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via Strahan, West Coast Tasmania ~ Ocean Beach at sunset (Photo by Dan Fellow)

Stanley has a good one in the north west but I couldn’t imagine spending too long on the wind swept beaches of Arthur River, Temma or Trial Harbour! Cockle Creek has a nice beach down south and there are some beauties on Bruny Island too.


 

Good beaches can be found on both Flinders and King. Flinders Island boasts the pick but King Island has spectacular rugged coastline much the same as the top parts of western Tasmania.

Tasmanian Beach - Cameron's Inlet, Flinders Island
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Cameron’s Inlet, Flinders Island… another popular Tasmanian beach

Mystery Tasmanian Beach

On my last visit, I came across a Tasmanian beach that appealed to me as much as any I’ve seen. It was partially hidden from the road but the car park had signage. To access the beach I had to walk about two hundred metres, downhill, on an overgrown but distinguishable path.

Tasmanian Beach - Mystery Location
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Do you know where this mystery Tasmanian beach is located?

In fact, there were two beaches in sheltered coves with wonderfully marked rock forms scattered on the sand. Footprints! Man had been before; but on this occasion I was the sole occupant. On a summer day there would be people but not crowds as the walk would be too much effort for some.

Tasmanian Beach - Where am I?
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Where am I? So far, the location of this Tasmanian beach has not been revealed

I like this beach because of the scenery, shelter, sand, calm sea, rock pools and the limited access. I wouldn’t fish, sunbathe, paint or fly a kite but I might reflect, soul search, paddle or simply enjoy the magnificent surrounds.

Tasmanian Beach - Surprise
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Surprise! A Tasmanian beach not known to us yet

Tasmanian Beach Prize Giveaway: Just For Fun!

I would love to know if someone can identify this Tasmanian beach from my photos and description. In fact, I so love to play “where am I” games like this, I’m willing to offer a $25 Coles Myer voucher as an incentive for readers to leave a comment. Everyone who leaves a reply will be entered into a random draw… but it will be interesting to see who (if anyone) can correctly name the mystery Tasmanian beach.

Tasmanian Beach - Secret Location
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We’ll reveal the secret location of this Tasmanian beach at the close of the draw

Roger Findlay spends all his holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the
experience for Think Tasmania. If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of
research (so we can publish information about your business), please contact us

Thanks Roger! Here’s the Giveaway Details…

As we’ve said before, the competition rules on Facebook are all too mind-boggling, so we’re going to keep this in-house.  We’re also going to keep it REALLY simple.  If you are subscribed to receive the free newsletter from Think Tasmania, you are eligible to enter.  Apparently a random draw is still allowed in Tasmania without applying for a permit, so here’s what you need to do…

Step 1 – be a subscriber to the FREE newsletter from Think Tasmania*

Step 2 – leave a reply at the bottom of this article.

And that’s it!  This will be a random draw, so comments won’t influence the outcome. But if you’d like to leave any feedback about your own favourite Tasmanian beach, your personal desire to win this prize, or even Think Tasmania… we’d love to hear it. We’ll be closely following all the comments. We won’t reply individually because that would upset the giveaway app (it might award us the prize if we comment!!).

And of course, Think Tasmania is all about sharing and caring, so please help us spread the word about this website and the people and places we write about.

Tasmanian Beach Giveaway ~ Common Sense Please?

  • Leave a comment on this post by 21st February 2013.  We’ll
    choose a random winner using our website’s giveaway app.
  • The $25 Coles Myer voucher is the one and only prize.
  • Fair and reasonable terms and conditions automatically apply.
    So one entry each (our app is able to detect multiple entries).
  • Please apply common sense to all aspects of this Tasmanian
    beach giveaway… we’d hate to disqualify someone for being silly.
  • We won’t use your email address for anything sinister, because
    we firmly believe in doing the right thing.  Always.  Don’t you?
  • We’ll announce the winner’s name here,  on Facebook and Twitter.
    We’ll also contact the winner by email, and advise Roger Findlay.

What else do we need to stipulate?  Nothing?  Okay… then it’s over to you.  Comment away!  We wish you all the very best of luck.  And if you’d be kind enough to share this Tasmanian beach giveaway opportunity with all your peeps, we’d be extremely happy.  Besides showing a little friendly community spirit by spreading the joy, sharing will also no doubt lead to similar giveaway opportunities in the future. And THAT can only be a good thing for everyone!!

*We ask that you subscribe to Think Tasmania for these giveaway opportunities
for several reasons.  Of course we’d prefer any prizes go to dedicated followers;
and we need to make sure we can contact the winners. What makes it to the
Newsfeed of Facebook is a bit random, and not everyone even uses social media.
Most people can receive an email however, so that’s our sure-fire way of
reaching everyone. And finally, we like to share all the great things on offer
in Tasmania with as many interested readers as possible – that’s our mission!

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