Boat Harbour

Unwind in the serene setting of a northwest Tasmanian town that enthrals with its dramatic coastal scenery and land-based and aquatic adventures.

There are two parts to the scenic seaside hamlet of Boat Harbour. Spreading uphill is a collection of homes and other buildings that overlook the beach community below. Relax on the gorgeous white sands, discover underwater life on a scuba diving expedition and trek through a national park, past caves, bays and Aboriginal rock shelters.

The hamlet's biggest draw is its main beach, a stretch of sand that curves between rocky headlands. Swim, snorkel and scuba dive in the clear waters. During low tide, stroll along the shore and investigate rock pools for sea life. Look out to sea and you may spot dolphins, seals and whales in the Bass Strait. Rent a kayak and paddle along the coastline.

Boat Harbour is also a good base from which to explore the magnificent scenery of Tasmania's rugged northern coast. A few minutes’ drive from the hamlet is Rocky Cape National Park. Tour the late 19th-century lighthouse, which is situated on top of a promontory. Climb up the spiral staircase to the balcony outside the lantern room for glorious views over the strait.

Choose one of the scenic walks through the national park. They encompass many sites of interest, including rocky headlands, secluded beaches and Aboriginal rock shelters that were first occupied about 8,000 years ago. Study the jagged rock formations that have been eroded over millions of years.

To experience even more outdoor adventures, head to Tarkine Forest, about a 1-hour drive from Boat Harbour. Hike along walking trails through the vast wilderness and temperate rainforest. Explore the waterways by kayak or riverboat cruise. Look down on the natural blackwood forest sinkhole from a cantilevered walkway, and then follow the boardwalk to the floor of this deep depression.

Boat Harbour and its gorgeous surroundings are on the northwest coast of Tasmania, about a 1-hour drive from Devonport. The airport here links to Melbourne on the Australian mainland.

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