Sports and Beach Activities
Kayaking, body boarding and paddle boarding are popular pursuits in Port Sorell’s beach-loving community. The calm clear waters that the area is famous for are perfect for water sports and if you head out at sunrise or sunset, the view is truly breathtaking.
Or if you prefer to keep your feet on land, there are basketball and tennis courts, AFL fields, cricket nets, a skatepark and bike pathways to explore.
Kayaks, bikes, fishing lines and tennis gear (including use of the tennis courts) are available for hire from Camp Banksia, 1 Anderson Street, Port Sorell
Phone: 03 6428 6121
Fishing and Boating
Why not throw a line in at one of the many beaches or jetties in the area, or launch your boat for a day out on the water?
The ocean here is a Shark Refuge Area, so no taking of shark, skates and rays. However, some of the fish you may hook include mullet, flathead and salmon.
There are boat ramps located at:
Port Sorell Dual boat ramp with central pontoon. Exposed in north west to northerly weather. Access restricted at low tide.
Squeaking Point Single lane concrete boat ramp.
Hawley Beach Single lane concrete boat ramp. Exposed in north to north easterly weather. Restricted at low tide.
Panatana Rivulet Boat Ramp Single lane bitumen boat ramp. Access at high tide, restricted at low tide.
Take in the picturesque view from your Kayak or Stand up paddleboard while drifting along the Rubicon Riverlet or do as many locals do and head out for that amazing sunrise along one of the many beaches. You don’t need to carry your craft very far as parking is available right on the foreshore. If you’re after more of a challenge, from the beach paddle across to Bakers Beach and Narawntapu National Park.
Popular with teenagers all summer long! At high tide, you’ll see many of the locals and campers in their wetsuits flock to the Port Sorell Jetty. Please note, this is not a regulated activity and is only for strong swimmers – there is a big drop-off at the beach and anyone jumping from the jetty should take care.
Surfing and Body Boarding
While the surf isn’t huge at Hawley, it makes a great spot for kids and those that are still learning the skill, while saying that, when there is a bit of a stormy day, the waves become quite big and you will see locals turning up from everywhere! Body boarding is also popular with locals and visitors alike. The most used beach for these activities is along the Hawley Esplanade, opposite Sankey Street.
Local Beaches, Walks and Reserves
The area is famous for its beautiful outdoors. Whether you’re looking to take a gentle stroll, get that perfect sunrise photo, or enjoy a swim, the area around Port Sorell is the place to do it.
Here are just a few locations to check out:
Aubrey Luck Reserve
Joyce Street, Hawley Beach
Enjoy a gentle stroll through the Aubrey Luck Reserve and immerse yourself in the natural bushland. It features casuarinas and blackwoods, and is home to various Tasmanian native animals, such as Bennett’s wallabies, pademelons, eastern barred bandicoots, brown bandicoots, wombats and a variety of birdlife.
Hawley Esplanade to Port Sorell
If you’re up for a challenge, this walk takes you from the northern end of Hawley Beach (near Hawley House) to Port Sorell. It is approximately 6km return. Please be aware this is a poorly formed trail that crosses private land in one short section.
As you wander along the shared pathway in Shearwater Park, you will come across some Mosaic Art work. The artwork project was developed as part of National Youth Week back in 2006. Students from the local High school worked with youth from the Latrobe Youth Advisory Group along with a community artist. The 80 tiles depict a beachside theme.
Panatana Rivulet Walk
Access from Rice Street, Port Sorell
If it’s peace and serenity you’re seeking, the Panatana Rivulet is where you’ll find it.
This walk starts at Panatana Rivulet’s northern shore from Port Sorell and past River Road, across the footbridge. It is 4km, return. Or simply stroll along the Rivulet’s southern shore (bird sanctuary) over the footbridge between Darling and Rice Streets. This one is 2km return and an easy flat walk.
Access from Rice Street, Port Sorell
This walk follows on from the Panatana southern shore walk and ends at Squeaking Point through the Port Sorell Conservation Area, a shoreline reserve. It is 2km return and an easy flat walk.
Hawley Beach Foreshore Reserve Walk
Located off the end of the Hawley Esplanade, following on from Alexander Street
Marvel at the rustic red lichen-covered rocks, explore the rock pools and check out the crystal blue water. This is a popular place for photographers or anyone wanting that perfect snap to remember the raw beauty of North-West Tasmania.
Freers Beach Walk, Shearwater
A long, wide beach with sheltered and shallow inner waters ideal for paddling and swimming – great for kids. The shoreline features bush walks, dog walking, fossicking and frolicking. Enjoy the community art mosaics at Freers Park Grasslands on the foreshore. Toilets are located nearby.
Parks and Family Picnic Spots
Bring your swimmers, bike and picnic basket – and don’t forget the kids!
Panatana Rivulet Toddler’s Pool and Picnic Area
Located off Port Street, Port Sorell
A great spot for family fun with a playground, fenced shallow toddler’s pool, basketball hoop, barbeques, picnic seats and toilet block. When the tide is high, you’ll find yourself surrounded by crystal-clear water, or if it’s low, you can walk straight out and take the kids on a sandy adventure to see crabs, shells and oysters – maybe even venture out to the islands on foot!
Pirate Ship Park
Located near the Port Sorell Surf Lifesaving Club
If you’re visiting Hawley Beach or Freers Beach, this is the perfect place to stop by with the kids. Surrounded by native plants and towering gum trees, the playground is ideally located, with plenty of room to climb, swing and slide. There is a water fountain and dog water station nearby, a pathway that is great for bike-rides and a toilet block just a stroll away.
Shearwater Skate Park
Located at Addison Reserve, Shearwater
Popular with the locals and visitors alike, this is a great place for youngsters to make friends and show off their skills. The park is ideal for skateboarding, rollerblading and scooters, with modern facilities and a toilet block.
Dog Friendly Beaches/Off-Leash Exercise Areas
Bringing your furry friend? You’ll fit right into the dog-loving Port Sorell community. You should always bring a lead just in case, but here are some great spots to let your dog run free.
Squeaking Point 200m each way of the boat ramp.
Freers Beach from Hawley Place Beach access walkway around to the point that goes out to Penguin Island.
Hawley Beach from the end of Vine Street, north to the boom gate into Point Sorell Reserve (start of Larooma Road).
Port Sorell Foreshore from the boat ramp south to Panatana Rivulet.
Moorlands Beach/Northdown Beach 2km each way of Moorland Beach Road (dogs must be on leads unless on the beach and are prohibited on dune areas due to nesting birds).
Note – Some areas may only be designated off-leash at certain times of day or night. Read the signs and follow directions.
Interested in a round of golf?
The Port Sorell area has two 9-hole courses at Shearwater and Thirlstane.
Contact the clubs to check on local fixtures:
Port Sorell Golf Club
21 Shearwater Blvd
Phone: 03 6428 7993
Thirlstane Golf Club
291 Squeaking Point Road,
Phone:03 6428 6488
Banksia Sports and Community Centre
Pitcairn Street Port Sorell
The Banksia Centre in Port Sorell is a modern and versatile indoor sport, arts and meeting venue. A community Centre that is available for public hire or in conjunction with a group camp.
Spaces are available for public hire by the hour, half-day or full-day. Groups staying at Camp Banksia can also book the Banksia Centre’s facilities for use in their activity programs.
The full-sized indoor basketball stadium and well-appointed change-rooms has retractable hoops and upon request can be set up for volley ball, netball or badminton (all nets and hoops are supplied). The Stadium is a great light-filled space, with easy access to change-rooms.
Phone: 03 6428 6121
Get Shipwrecked in Shearwater
Take the time to visit Shearwater Village and discover the natural playground, shipwrecks, public seating and brightly painted public amenities all recently completed by the Shearwater 7 Day Makeover Team, as part of an ongoing beautification project for the area, themed “Get Shipwrecked in Shearwater”. The natural playground is well loved by local parents and features a dry creek bed, boardwalk, stacking stones, balance beams and there is plenty of seating scattered around the area. It is conveniently located near the cafes and shops so you can grab a coffee and some lunch while you watch the kids play.
Ghost Rock Vineyard (Cellar Door & Café)
1055 Port Sorell Road, Northdown (near Port Sorell)
Twice crowned Tourism Tasmania's 'Best Cellar Door' - Ghost Rock Vineyard, offers wine tastings of it’s entire range. Do a tasting and stay for lunch, with a grazing menu featuring local artisan produce. Striking views over vineyards, rolling countryside and Bass Strait, it's easy to see why it's a popular hangout.
Lotus Waters Wellness Centre
4/4 Alexander Street, Shearwater
Lotus Waters is a beautifully appointed day spa and wellness centre, where you will be nurtured by our professionally trained spa therapists. We are dedicated to tailoring each visit to your exacting requirements, ensuring the ultimate spa experience. Our day spa offers treatments for couples, mothers-to-be, corporate rewards, wedding groups and special occasions. Open Tuesday-Saturday with gift vouchers available.
Phone: 03 6428 6280
7 Club Drive, Shearwater
Muse. Shearwater is a Lifestyle store featuring women’s clothing, shoes and accessories and an eclectic mix of homewares, furniture, baby, books and eco items with a natural/coastal vibe. Included in-store is an Espresso Bar serving amazing coffee, cakes, and pastries. Most of the products on the menu are available in store, so you will be able to take the delicious taste of Tasmania home with you!
Phone: 0409 284 287
The Trend Shed
43 – 45 Wilmot Street, Port Sorell
The Trend Shed stocks women’s fashion, homewares, gifts, coastal and Scandi homewares and furniture. They also have a cosy coffee shop, serving coffee, snacks, cakes, and light lunches in a comfortable environment with friendly staff.
Phone: 6428 8361
With Love Baby Gifts
4 Quinlan Crescent, Shearwater
With Love Baby Gifts are passionate about gifts and know the importance of showing our loved ones how much we love and appreciate them. A perfectly curated product range such as; nappy cakes, hampers, clothing, personalised gifts and more that focuses on Tasmanian and Australian items.
Phone: 0467 580 270