A long way from Bondi, Noosa or Trigg, the Tasmanian surfing experience is about adventure, pristine wilderness, isolation, freezing cold water and quality waves. There are many great surf breaks for all surfing levels, beginner surfers included, the trick however is knowing when and where to go to get good waves, so having a friend with a heap of local surfing experience is gold in these parts.
On land, the towering old growth forests, friendly country towns, fresh seafood and organic produce, plus the purest air you will ever breath makes a visit to this island a must for all lovers of nature and the wholesome life.
Sure, the water is cold, but those with a warm wetsuit and a sense of adventure are often rewarded in what is one of the world's true surfing frontiers.
Coastrider Surf Academy
Clifton Beach, East & North Coasts
0419 324 921
South Coast Surf School
Clifton Beach, Hobart
0400 489 895
42 South Surf School
Turners Beach. Scamander & Bicheno
0419 120 704
Car / Ferry
The Spirit of Tasmania car ferry takes you from the mainland (Melbourne) or you can rent a car or motorhome. Driving from Hobart, Launceston 2.5 hours, Devonport 3.5 hours, Coles
Bay 2.5 hours, Bruny Island 1 hour.
Rail services do not exist in Tasmania.
TassieLink & Redline Coaches link to all the major towns on the island daily.
Jetstar & Virgin Blue fly to Hobart & Launceston, as does Qantas who also services Devonport.
From Hobart the Airporter Shuttle, $10 buck bus, Hobart Maxi Conncect. From Devonport The Tasmanian Tour Company links to its airport.
Renting a car or van is a great way to see & surf Tasmania. Hire a car or campervan.
Where To Sleep
Adventure Bay (Bruny Island), Eaglehawk Neck, Bicheno, Scamander, St Helens, Devonport & Stanley
Hostels & Holiday Parks in Tasmania
Swansea Holiday Park
The Pickled Frog
Hotels & Holiday Homes in Tasmania
Binalong Beach House
Sandpiper Ocean Cottages
Carlton Beach Holiday House
Hanlon House B&B
Between Surf Sessions
What to see & do
For some spectacular coastlines with easy day walk access, head to the popular Freycinet
National Park or further north to the Bay of Fires.
Check out some quality Tasmanian produce and arts & crafts each Saturday at the famous Salamanca Markets in the heart of Hobart.
Trekkers worldwide revere the magnificent Overland Track. This 6 day, 65km walk begins at Cradle Mountain and winds through the World Heritage Area of Tasmania's Alpine region. Book in advance and make sure that you are well prepared to take on this epic journey.
Where to eat & drink
Really good quality restaurants can be found all over Tasmania, including outside of the major cities. Friendly and relaxed cafes, clubs & pubs also serve hearty meals, often using fresh local produce. Tassie really is a great place for food lovers, and the seafood is excellent.
Most people come here to get away from big city temptations, but if you want to party, head to downtown Hobart.
The water is cold all year round, but with warm air temperatures in summer, surfing with a warm wetsuit is comfortable. During winter, you'll need booties a hood and gloves. Bbbrrrrr.....
Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids
To get to the best beginner surf spots you will need a car and lots of time for driving around (and a mate with good knowledge of local surf conditions). For info on the most popular beginner surf spots in Tasmania click on the landmarks on the map below.
Good To Know...
Although driving distances are small in comparison to those on the Australian mainland, driving around Tasmania is much slower due to the narrow, winding roads that weave around the island's rugged terrain. So slow down and enjoy the journey, as the scenery is spectacular.
Travel times increase further when driving at dusk and at night as the nocturnal native animals start to wander around. In some places these furry creatures will force you to come to a halt as they meander across the road in front of your headlights unfazed, meanwhile others will repeatedly zip across the front of your car only to zip back the other way. This can make for a nerve wracking driving experience at times.
Even in summer, bring some warm and waterproof clothes as cold fronts can blow in quickly so far down south here. Bring some hiking boots as well, as the lush green native forests here provide some of the most wonderful walking trails in Australia.
In September 2010 one of the biggest waves ever recorded off Australia was measured at 18.4 metres! Massive swells smash all around the Tasmanian coast, so inexperienced surfers should choose wisely when the surf is big. The Hobart region offers some very protected beaches during big swells when crowds can also be surprisingly big, so please practise sound surfing etiquette.
Fortunately for beginner surfers, small surf days are common during the summer months, but the coastline is isolated in many parts, so surf around patrolled beaches to stay safe.
Red Herring (Burnie, Launceston, Hobart)
Jetty Surf Hobart
Ozone House of Boards Hobart
Passport Surf Devonport
Planet Surf Launceston
Schmander Beach Surf Shop
Bay Surf Shop St Helens
East Lines Surf Shop St Helens
Red Bill Surf Shop Bicheno
Long Point Surf Shop Bicheno
Dodges Ferry Surf
Ask in the surf shops if you need a board repaired.
North East Boardriders Schamander