Lewisham, Dodges Ferry, Carlton, Carlton River, Park Beach and Primrose Sands make up the area known as the ‘Southern Beaches.’ These areas have been nick named ‘Southern Beaches’ because of their location and the large number of different beaches and beach culture in the area. Lewisham is located approximately 10 Minutes from Sorell with Dodges Ferry, Carlton, Carlton River and Park Beach approximately 15 minutes and Primrose Sands 30 minutes from Sorell.
Each of these areas has been extremely popular and an ideal location for the family holiday ‘shack’. However, in recent years many of the original shacks have been replaced with permanent residents. In 2001 the population in Southern Beaches was close to 5000 residents and continuing to increase. Park Beach is also very popular and one of the best surf locations in the state. Surfers can be found here just about every day of the year – but remember to bring your wetsuit! All areas surrounding ‘Southern Beaches’ are very popular fishing locations. The most commonly caught fish is the Flathead however a wide variety of other fish are also available. Boat ramps can be found at Lewisham off Police Point, Dodges Ferry at Tiger Head and Primrose Sands at Gypsy Bay and at Petrol Street (only suitable for small crafts or four wheel drives). In the summer the Sand Dunes also becomes a top spot for the local water sport enthusiast. It’s not uncommon to see a number of boats lining the shore with jet skis and Ski Biscuits around the bay.