Surf­ing

Strap your board to the roof racks and head for Tas­ma­nia’s great surf breaks.

Amazing Tasmania - - OUTDOORS & ADVENTURE -

SHIP­STERN BLUFF

Big wave surfers come from all over the world to test their skills at ‘Ship­pies’. For ex­pe­ri­enced big wave surfers only. The 45-minute hike through bush and the views from the bluff, make it a worth­while jour­ney. Ship­stern Bluff is 115km south-east of Ho­bart.

FRIENDLY BEACHES

Form­ing part of the Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park, Friendly Beaches Re­serve is a great place to surf away from the crowds. Park the car and walk to the long stretch of white­sand beach. From here you can head to the peak of your choice. Ac­cess is along a rough track so a four-wheeldrive is use­ful.

The en­trance to Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park is 167km north-east of Ho­bart.

SOUTH CAPE BAY

A 7km trek through stun­ning World Her­itage wilder­ness and the jour­ney is worth ev­ery step – South Cape is an in­spir­ing, un­spoiled coast­line with big, clean waves.

South Cape Bay is a five-hour hike from Cockle Creek, 120km south of Ho­bart.

CLOUDY BAY

Bruny Is­land’s west­ern shores are shel­tered but the east and south coasts feel the full force of Antarc­tic swells. Home to the cel­e­brated Bruny Is­land Surf Clas­sic, it’s one of the state’s best beach breaks. Catch the ferry to Bruny Is­land at Ket­ter­ing, 31.5km south of Ho­bart.

TAM O’SHANTER

It may sound more like an Ir­ish pub than a surf break but Tam O’Shanter re­ally rocks when the waves are up. Tas­ma­nia’s north­ern coast isn’t known for its surf breaks, but Tam is an ex­cep­tion. It’s a pop­u­lar spot in win­ter, so make sure you’ve got a wet­suit if you want to ride this left­peel­ing break at its best.

Drive to Lul­worth, 58.1km north of Launce­s­ton then fol­low the signs to Tam O’Shanter.

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