Three of the Best Inland Swimming Spots in Tasmania

Tasmania has innumerable stunning ocean beaches to enjoy and swim at in the warmer months. However, if you’re looking for an inland or fresh water swimming spot then these places are for you!

My three favourite places for a non-ocean dip in Tasmania

Swimming in a gorge

1. Lake Rhona

Located in the South West National Park, Lake Rhona is one of the most stunning overnight bushwalks I’ve done. Well at least the destination is. The seemingly endless trudge through button grass to get there is not the most exciting scenery for a walk.

But once you get to the boulder scrambling final section of the walk, the scenery and tranquility are hard to beat. Not only is the lake itself stunning but there are many day walks to the surrounding mountains and valleys on offer. Check out this site for details of the walk into Lake Rhona and here for some of the extra walks.

Lake Rhona at sunset

2. Apsley Gorge

On Tasmania’s famous East Coast, you’ll find Douglas-Apsley National Park, just a short drive from Bicheno.

There are camping grounds by a large waterhole, which can be accessed by a 15 minute walk from the carpark. From the waterhole you can also do the Apsley Gorge circuit, which is an 8km, 4 hour loop through the bush, then back via the river bed. On the return leg you can stop at large pools for swimming and rock jumping.

If you like wine then when you get back to Bicheno be sure to stop at the Apsley Gorge cellar door for some of the best Pinot Noir in Tasmania!

3. Cradle Mountain: Dove Lake & Dove Canyon

Cradle Mountain on Tasmania’s North West Coast is one of the most iconic places in the state. While the Dove Lake at the base of the mountain isn’t very deep near the edges, it’s crystal clear waters are perfect for paddling, if not swimming- if you can brave the icy water!

But the water activity that I really recommend in this area is canyoning through nearby Dove Canyon. This involves abseiling down into the canyon and then making your way down the canyon via various obstacles including six waterfalls, rock jumping and a 10 meter high ‘laundry chute’ – nature’s version of a waterslide.

I’ve done this trip twice now with Cradle Mountain Canyons and I can’t recommend it enough. However, I would definitely advise going as close to peak summer as possible, as the water in the canyon is very cold, even with the wetsuits you’re given for the tour!

 

A beer by Dover Lake
Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain in the background

6 of the Best Beaches in Tasmania

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.

Mt. Amos above Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay from Mt. Amos
Wineglass Bay from Mt. Amos

Wineglass Bay

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.

binalongbay
Image from http://think-tasmania.com/binalong-bay/

 

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.

Adventure Bay

Adventure Bay

Adventure Bay

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.

Baronia Beach

Baronia 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.

Hinsby Beach

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.

Marion Bay

Marion Bay

Falls Festival Marion Bay
The Falls Festival with Marion Bay in the background

 

If swimming in freshwater is more your thing, then check out these three inland swimming spot.