“Summer time, and the living is easy”. This song could have been written about Hobart. And a good part of that easy living in summer in the Apple Island’s capital city, involves time spent on one of the many beaches close to the city. If you’ve just settled in a rental in Hobart, Baxton Property Management thought you might like a guide to the sandy offerings surrounding Hobart. And if you’ve been here some time, you might learn about some new options.
The Right Time for the Beach
Hobart is heading for the best time of the year for exploring the sand and the sea. The climate is very changeable in Tasmania, which is not surprising as it’s the closed inhabited place to the South Pole, but for the next few months there will be many mild days. Summer temperatures reach an average high of a mild 21 degrees Celsius and daylight hours around the Summer Solstice in December stretch for around 15 hours, from before 6 in the morning to close on 9 at night.
Prime period for the beach in Tasmania is the first two months of the year. There’s less likelihood of rain spoiling the outing in January and February, and if you want to swim, the water temperature is at its peak then, with a balmy average of around 16 degrees Celsius.
So Which Beach to Choose?
Why settle for one? Make it a project during these fleeting summer months to visit the wealth of beaches that edge the River Derwent’s estuary and mouth, as well as the ocean south of Hobart. And if you don’t want to just relax on the beach, there are water sport activities at many of them. You can go for the more popular (and therefore more likely to be crowded) options or pick one simply for its natural beauty.
Closest to Home
Sandy Bay: There are eight beaches within the Hobart municipal area alone. One of them, Long Beach, is especially popular with families, because of its proximity to parks and playgrounds. Nutgrove Beach is the summer and winter choice of those who want to take a casual stroll on a flat beach with spectacular views of Hobart. But there are also six others to choose from, like Red Chapel, Short Beach, Cornelian Bay, Lords Beach and Sandy Bay Beach itself.
Kingston: While the kilometre-long main beach is the most frequented by families and their dogs (there’s an unleashed area), Kingston Beach, about 15km south of Hobart, also boasts some other treasures. There’s Boronia beach with its rock pools, Blackman’s Bay and its blowhole, as well as Tinderbox Beach, where you can follow a snorkelling trail in the underwater marine reserve at the mouth of the River Derwent.
Looking for Something Different?
Hinsby Beach, Taroona. Viewed a hidden treasure by those not keen on crowded beaches, it does involve a walk down a steep path, and some steps to reach it. However, the natural setting rimmed with shady trees may make it worth the effort.
Goats Beach is one of a number of beaches that line the ocean shores of the South Arm peninsula about 30 minutes’ drive south-east of Hobart. If you are into surfing, the big waves and fine sandy shores could become your favourite spot. Other popular beaches for surfing are Clifton Beach and Park Beach, and it takes the same amount of time to get there from Hobart’s CBD.
Lauderdale: The long sweep of white sand edging the eastern shore at this East Hobart suburb about 22min drive from Hobart, is safe for swimming and a popular for fishing, windsurfing and boating. Also on the eastern shore is Seven Mile Beach, which overlooks the Fredrick Henry Bay. With a name like Seven Mile Beach, it’s not surprising it’s known as the best beach for those who choose to take a long stroll, instead of swimming.
With a large number of beaches within easy reach of Hobart, and still more in other areas of Tasmania, it will take you a long time to get to see and experience all of them. Baxton Property Management in Hobart hopes that this small taster will give you some idea of the wonderful array of sandy shorelines Tasmania has to offer. Visit the Baxton website for information on settling, living and enjoy life in a Hobart rental.
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