Sun, Surf, Sea & Turf


All accessible by foot from Port Sorell or ten minutes drive from Latrobe, except Bakers beach. Fishing licenses are required

Port Sorell is The Port of Golden Beaches enjoy crystal clear inlets and pacific ocean treats, unique and interesting tidal coastlines with dramatic winter skies and views of our smaller islands close by.
Hire a dinghy from Casual Cruisers Boat Hire, or throw in a rod for some real down to earth natural good fun. Pack a picnic and stroll our island coastlines

Hawley Beach & Foreshore Reserve

Located off the end of the Hawley Esplanade following from Alexander Street. This beach is one that all the family can enjoy, the rustic red lichen covered rocks where rock pools can be explored, but be careful of the blue ringed octopus in the crevices, walk and feel the rippled sands beneath the soles of your feet, swimming in the crystal blue water in summer, bring a pushbike and take the tracks to spot wildlife.

Hawley Beach & Foreshore Reserve

Located at the end of Freer Street, Shearwater. Great for bush walks, dog walking, fossicking and frolicking. Enjoy the community art mosaics at Freers Park Grasslands, on the foreshore.

Panatana Rivulet

Located off Wilmot Street, then Rice Street. A great spot for family fun with a park, fenced shallow toddlers pool, bbqs, picnic seats and toilet block.
Boat ramps for launching are available here, and it's only a short stroll along the shore to the Mary's Creek footbridge, where you can read the interpretive panels about the nearby Bakers Beach (accessible by road from Narawntapu National Park), and the different islands (see below).

The Islands

- Penguin Island

- Rabbit Island

- Shell Island
(As early as 1826 there were fowlers hunting swans on the southern arms of the estuary, capturing the beautiful creatures for meat and feathers, and shells were being burnt for lime on Shell Island)

- Spy Island

Penguin, Shell and Rabbit Island can all be viewed from the coast around Port Sorell.
The various outlying islands are part of Narawntapu National Park. Strong walkers can access them on foot with appropriate shoes and water supplies but, please check tides before accessing across the sand flats as they are cut off at high tide and there are treacherous currents in this area and deep dangerous troughs.


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Dog Friendly Beaches (Port Sorell)

All dogs enjoy the freedom of running around without a leash. Latrobe Council has established special areas at Port Sorell and to give your dog the chance to run around leash free without fear of attracting a fine provided it is still under effective control.

During Daylight Savings exercise areas below are open 7pm to 10am. Upon the resumption of Eastern Standard time they become available 24 hours/day.
1. Squeaking Point 200m each way of the boat ramp.
2. Freers Beach from the Hawley Place Beach access walk - way round to the point that goes out towards Penguin Island.
3. Hawley Beach from the end of Vine Street north to Boom gate into Point Sorell Reserve (Start of Larooma Road).

Below the exercise areas are open 24 hours/day/all year
1. Port Sorell Foreshore from the boat ramp south to Panatana Rivulet.
2. Moorlands Beach/Northdown Beach 2km each way of Moorland Beach Road.
(Dogs must be on leads unless on beach and are prohibited on dune areas due to nesting shore birds).
3. Thompson Park Latrobe

Correct Use of Exercise Area
While using off-leash areas, dog owners are required to abide by the conditions that are clearly displayed on site. For the safety and convenience of other residents, users must dispose of a dogs droppings in the bins provided.
Please note: All dogs in a Public Place outside Councils Off Leash Exercise Areas must be on a lead not exceeding 2 metres, and all dogs in the leash free area must still remain under effective control, and be responsive to their owners commands, failure to do so, may result in an on the spot fine.



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