One of the things I miss most when I’m away from Australia is the abundance of pristine beaches! Especially in my home island of Tasmania- where there are so many absolutely breathtaking coastal regions that are truly unlike anything you will find elsewhere in the world.
Here are 6 of my favourites
1. Wineglass Bay
This stunning stretch of pristine sand is my absolute favourite beach in the world! The water is crystal clear, the brilliant white sand is so fine that it squeaks loudly and most importantly, the bay can only be reached by walking over mountains. Or by sea.
The view from Mt. Amos above the bay is also spectacular and involves a fun scramble over boulders.
2. Binalong Bay
Two hours north of Wineglass Bay you’ll find another famous Tasmanian beach- Binalong Bay. It’s famed for the stunning turquoise water, white sand and large orange lichen covered boulders. The popular beach is part of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area- one of the best places to camp on Tasmania’s East Coast.
3. Adventure Bay
Located on the beautiful foodie heaven that is Bruny Island, Adventure Bay holds a special place in my heart. I spent countless childhood summers swimming and exploring the shores and many rock-pools, and love going back whenever I can. Again, expect white, white sand and clear turquoise water.
4. Baronia Beach
This lesser known beach is a perfect hidden gem just out of Hobart.
Reached only by sea or walking track, a big appeal is the slightly hidden and less accessible nature of the beach. There’s a patch of sand as well as rocky areas- perfect for snorkeling or jumping into the clear green water. The easiest way to reach the beach is by following the path that starts just above the sailing club at Kingston Beach.
5. Hinsby Beach
Another great beach that’s closer to Hobart’s city center is Hinsby Beach. The perfect escape for a post-work swim or lunchtime walk, this beach is just along from Taroona Beach. There are traditional beach huts, a shower to wash off post-swim and a charming cafe on the main road above the beach.
There’s also a great running track that winds along the coast towards Sandy Bay.
6. Marion Bay
For me, this wild ocean beach is now synonymous with New Years Eve. For the past 15 years, The Falls Festival has been held at this stunning location, and in my opinion, there’s no better way to bring in the new year than by listening to excellent music in a pristine setting.