BOATING IN TASMANIA: POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN THE APPLE ISLE
Australia’s island state has a diverse coastline. As such, boating in Tasmania lends itself to a variety of experiences — from sailing the high seas to fishing in rivers and streams. Tassie is divided into five parts, and each of these areas provides boaters with plenty of water-themed activities. Here are some of the most popular destinations if you want to explore Tasmania on a boat.
Boating in the scenic northwest coast of Tasmania will give you the prettiest views of cities and towns that are located on the water’s edge. Arthur River is the best starting point if you want to explore the Tarkine wilderness area. You can explore at your own pace, too, with your boat or kayak. The Edge of the World near the mouth of Arthur River boasts a rugged but coastline. The Nut at the town of Stanley is also a must-see on the North West coast.
Boaters should also visit Boat Harbour, one of the best beaches in Australia. You get to enjoy a white sand beach and clear water. Dolphins, seals and whales occasionally make an appearance, too.
The west coast of Tasmania is known for its ancient rainforests and rugged coastline. The sheltered port of Strahan is the gateway to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. You can cruise the river and see the temperate rainforests of Gordon River. Strahan is also near Sarah Island, which is the location of a notorious convict prison.
HOBART AND SOUTH
In Hobart and Southern Tasmania, you can head to Derwent Bridge. It’s the gateway to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. You can go fishing in Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia or the nearby Lake King William. On the Southeastern coast, you can cruise the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and admire the stunning coastline of Bruny Island. In this region, boaters can also head to Cockle Creek, which is the most southern point of Australia.
Tasmania’s east coast is known for beautiful beaches and stunning sea views. St Helens is the game-fishing capital of the state. It overlooks Georges Bay, where you can fish for Bream, Salmon, Trevally, Kingfish and Tuna. St Helens is also the gateway to Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires. The latter is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. The other popular boating destinations on the east coast include Coles Bay, where you can view the Hazards mountain range and Eaglehawk Neck with its awe-inspiring coastal cliffs.
LAUNCESTON AND NORTH
Around Launceston and northern Tasmania, there are numerous inlets and estuaries to explore. The north coast is also a popular boating destination. There are short distances between ports, so it’s a suitable location for sailing and power boating in Tasmania. Devonport is a popular destination for surfers as they take advantage of the swells that make their way into Mersey River. Meanwhile, anglers head to the Tamar River estuary to catch a wide array of fish species.
You can discover a lot of beautiful places when boating in Tasmania. Despite being a small island, it has more boats per capita than any other state in Australia. Aside from exploring different waterways, boaters are well taken care of as well. Marine and Safety Tasmania ensures that boat registration fees are used to create first-class boat facilities and infrastructure. With that said, boating in Tasmania is not only a thrill — it’s safe and comfortable, too.
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