Townships

Dunalley

Dunalley is a small fishing village approximately 57 km east of Hobart on the Arthur Highway and 20 minutes from Sorell. It is located on the narrow isthmus which separates the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas from rest of Tasmania.

Attractions

The Denison Canal, with a swing bridge for road traffic, has been cut between Dunalley Bay and Blackman Bay to allow boats easy access between the two bays. It was originally hand dug. The project started in 1901 and was completed in 1905. In 1965 a new hydraulic swing bridge replaced the original bridge. Today it is common for Sydney-Hobart yacht racers returning to Sydney to use the canal as a convenient shortcut.

Dunalley is a great place to stop when travelling to and from the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur. You can enjoy a picnic by the canal, a game of chess on the mosaic chess board or simply relax and enjoy the view watch the boats pass in the canal.

Dunalley has a number of small shops, attractions and a Hotel. Established in 1866, this Hotel is a landmark in Dunalley. It is positioned on the main highway to Port Arthur.

More information on Dunalley can be found on the Discover Tasmania website.

Midway Point

Midway Point is situated between two unique causeways that create the gateway to destinations such as Sorell, the Tasman Peninsula and the East Coast of Tasmania.

There are approximately 2,500 residents living in the Midway Point area and 3,300 in Sorell.
Midway Point has some spectacular water views over Pittwater and Mount Wellington.

Attractions

Midway Point is close to many activities including water sports, beaches, golf courses and tourist sites.  It also overlooks the internationally recognized Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands) site at Pittwater – Orielton Lagoon for migratory birds from the northern hemisphere.

The Pittwater- Orielton Lagoon contains one of Australia’s 65 internationally significant wetlands and is a prominent area for migratory birds, with 27 of the bird species found in the area listed under Australia’s international migratory bird conservation agreements.

A number of threatened plants also grow among its saline herb land, sedge land and coastal grasslands.

Due to its proximity to Hobart the wetland is under pressure from increasing urbanisation and creeping coastal development. The local community is working with state and local government as well as non-government agencies to protect the wetlands and reduce the potential impacts of climate change.

Amenities

Midway Point is serviced  24 hour Service Station, Tavern and restaurant-bar with gaming facilities, local shops and businesses as well as accommodation options.

Call 03 6269 2924 to speak with the Visitor Information Centre in Sorell which contains up to date information on accommodation options in the area.

Sorell

Sorell is located 10 minutes from the Hobart Airport, 15 minutes from Richmond and 1 hour from Port Arthur.

Attractions

Sorell offers many outstanding facilities and services to travellers.  Areas of historical significance are complimented by local attractions, gourmet food with excellent wineries and high quality accommodation.

Other features include great local fishing, some of the best surfing beaches in Tasmania, including the world class site of South Marion Bay (Boneyards) for the experienced surfer. Diving is also accessible from many local locations.

Bream Creek rises in the Wielangta Forest to the north and flows out into the ocean at Marion Bay.

Many of today’s Bream Creek residents are descendants of the original settlers in the district and are part of the strength that holds the community together and continues the tradition that has become the successful Bream Creek Show

Pioneers Park, located near the Sorell Rivulet, behind St Georges Square, provides a superb outlook across grassland with public amenities, barbecues, play areas and parking.

For those on the move, there are plenty of cafés and eateries on the road. Some double as showcase venues for local artists, milliners, jewellers, sculptors and local fine food producers.

The Copping Museum exhibits a range of convict relics, antiques and memorabilia. The collection includes childhood treasures and one of only three cars manufactured in Australia in the 19th century. The Museum is located on the Tasman Highway, en-route to Port Arthur.

Visitors can explore some of the most majestic natural beauty Tasmania has to offer at Wielangta Forest Reserve, between Copping and Orford.  The reserve boasts Aboriginal and early whaling history. The forest covers an area of approximately 37,500 hectares, made up of both dry sclerophyll and wet eucalypt production forest and reserve areas. Complete with historical remains from early saw-milling days, Wielangta provides a memorable experience.

Amenities

The shopping precinct in Sorell includes numerous cafes, supermarkets and specialist food outlets as well as hotels and government services, including Service Tasmania, Centrelink and the Tourist Information Centre. Additionally, there are major banks, medical and dental facilities, real estate agencies, chemists, sporting facilities, primary and secondary schools and a range of boutique shops, a number of petrol stations and an RV Dump Point.

Sorell is the main port of call for visitors to the surrounding region of Southern Beaches , Dunalley and Midway Point who are in need of such amenities and services.

The Sorell Visitor Information Centre is located in Gordon St Sorell and contains up to date information on accommodation options in the area.  It is serviced by friendly staff 7 days per week:  9 – 5pm Summer and 10-4pm Winter.

Public toilets are located at the side of the Visitor Information Centre.

Southern Beaches

Lewisham, Dodges Ferry, Carlton, Carlton River, Park Beach and Primrose Sands make up the area of “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 35 minutes from Sorell.

Attractions

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.