Best places to go swimming around Tasmania

Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and the summer holidays are nearly upon us.

Whether you’re a lover of the great outdoors or just appreciate not being house-bound, the sun gets people out and about, and Northern Tasmania is a pretty special place to be during the summer months. 

So if you’re looking for a place to cool down, we’ve compiled a list of some of the north’s best swimming spots.  

Remember to pack your sunscreen, a hat and water, those ultraviolet rays are not to be messed with.


1. Cataract Gorge

Launceston's Cataract Gorge

Launceston's Cataract Gorge

A short 15 minute walk from Launceston’s city centre, the Cataract Gorge is a great place to hang out during the heat. 

Besides the gorge, you’ll find a swimming pool, walking and hiking trails, wildlife, food facilities, toilets, beautiful gardens and the world’s longest single span chairlift.  

2. Dip River Forest Reserve

Dip Falls

Dip Falls

For anyone in the vicinity of Stanley, the Dip River Forest Reserve is a must. 

Located 10kms east of the Stanley turn-off, the reserve is home to stunning dip falls and the ‘big tree’. 

The two-tiered waterfall’s unique rock formations are sure to impress. 

3. Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

Tasmania’s North-East Coast brings you the Bay of Fires. 

Stretching more than 50kms from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, this spot is one of the state’s most popular destinations. 

Whether you’re keen to take a leisurely stroll along the sugar-white sand or dive into the refreshing, clear water the Bay of Fires is a beautiful spot.   

4. Eaglehawk Neck

Eaglehawk Neck

Eaglehawk Neck

The ‘Neck’ is a narrow strip of land that connects the Tasman Peninsula with the Forestier Peninsula.

Spanning about 400 metres long and less than 30 metres wide, the Neck is a natural gateway to many of the Tasman Peninsula’s attractions as well as being an attractive location for divers and surfers.  

Eaglehawk Neck is a natural geological wonder with impressive rock formations like the Tessellated Pavement. 

5. Coles Beach

Coles Beach

Coles Beach

A semicircle, north-facing bay, Coles Beach is great for novice surfers when the waves are small. 

Located off Coles Beach Road in Devonport, this spot is a stone throw from the city. 

6. Greens Beach

Greens Beach

Greens Beach

North-West of Beauty Point and at the mouth of the Tamar River is Greens Beach.

Located about 60kms of Launceston, the beach offers a scenic lookout and a crowd-pleasing spot for families. 

In addition to being a nice place to tip your toe’s in, Greens Beach also provides access to Narawntapu National Park.

7. Boat Harbour

View of Boat Harbour from the Table Cape look out

View of Boat Harbour from the Table Cape look out

White sand, clear water and magical views can be found at Boat Harbour. 

Voted as one of Australia’s top 10 beaches, this North-West swimming spot is sure to impress with family-friendly waves, rock pools and pacific gulls. 

Keep a share eye on the water and you might spot a cetacean.

Boat Harbour is a 30-minute drive from Burnie. 

8. Low Head

Lagoon Beach, Low Head

Lagoon Beach, Low Head

A quiet, family-friendly beach located about 35 minutes from Launceston, Lagoon Beach is the perfect location for a day out with the kids. 

Take advantage of the free barbecues and children’s play area.

Also located at Low Head is Bell Buoy Beach. Just east of East Beach leads you over the headland and around to four-and-a-half kilometres of beach and dunes.

9. Bicheno 



A very popular destination for tourists and Tasmanians alike, Bicheno is a picturesque town on the state’s east coast.

The town is known for its sandy beaches and spectacular views, short walks and wildlife. 

Located about two hours from Launceston and conveniently located in the heart of the Great Eastern Drive, Bicheno is the perfect spot to turn your day trip into a weekend getaway. 

10. Paper Beach

Paper Beach at Swan Point

Paper Beach at Swan Point

Paper Beach not only welcomes your canine companions, it also has a family-friendly walk. 

Head south-west from the Paper Beach carpark, walk around Supply Bay before venturing north-west to the Supply River bridge.

Continue along the bank of the Supply River until you reach a waterfall, there you will find ruins of a water-driven flour mill from 1825, now covered in periwinkles. 

Swan Point is a 30 minute drive from Launceston. 

11. Bridport

Bridport beach

Bridport beach

White sandy beaches and sparkling clear water - welcome to Anderson Bay 

Nestled on Tasmania’s North East, Bridport’s Anderson Bay offers picturesque beaches just outside of town. 

Spend your day diving into the sparkling clear water, building sand castles with the kids or exploring the rock pools. 

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