Port Sorell, Shearwater
With golden beaches, sheltered inlets and emerald green water, it’s no wonder the picture-perfect coastal village of Port Sorell and its neighbouring towns Shearwater, Hawley Beach and Squeaking Point are such popular holiday and visitor destinations.
Along with its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the Port Sorell region is often described as having a warm ‘microclimate’, making it perfect year-round to experience the beautiful safe swimming beaches, numerous walking and bicycle trails, tranquil bush walks, two 9-hole golf courses and excellent seaside fishing.
The area is particularly popular as a couple’s retreat, with relaxing seaside accommodation and its very own vineyard, Ghost Rock Wines, just on the outskirts of town.
But Port Sorell really comes to life over spring and summer when families flock to the area, attracted by calm child-friendly ocean, vast beaches that never feel crowded and bustling community events like the twilight markets held by the surf club in holiday season.
The campgrounds and caravan park fill up quickly in the warmer months, but there are plenty of accommodation options, including self-contained holiday houses and units, and bed and breakfasts as well.
In Port Sorell, nature-lovers are spoiled for choice with things to do and see, and budding photographers will love it too – the glorious pink, orange and gold that lights up the sky at sunset and sunrise truly needs to be seen to be believed.
The Rubicon Estuary has been named an ‘Important Bird Area’ by Bird Life International because of its geographic importance for the Pied Oystercatchers. The estuary also has a permanent floating pontoon for saltwater fishing and boat launching, and the more energetic can walk to Penguin Island and Rabbit Island during low tide.
There is also a range of boutique shops, supermarkets, cafes and eateries to explore.