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Boat Harbour Tasmania: A Must-Visit Tassie Gem

Boat Harbour Tasmania: A Must-Visit Tassie Gem

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Visit one of Tasmania’s most scenic coastal gems in the north of the island state. Find details on how to get here, what to expect, and where to stay!

If you’re after beautiful, white-sand beaches and calm turquoise waters but would rather skip on the crowds, I’ve got you covered. Boat Harbour is one of my favourite beaches in Tasmania and I consider this beautiful coastal spot one of the best-hidden gems in the state.

Admittedly, this little coastal town is quite small. But, that’s how it gets its charm. This is the perfect spot to visit if you’re looking to wind down for an afternoon, or even to stay for a couple of weeks!

Below, I cover everything you’ll need to know about Boat Harbour Tasmania to help you plan your visit.

Northern coastline of tasmania

Where is Boat Harbour?

Boat Harbour is an iconic coastal town lapped by incredible turquoise water and a beautiful white sand beach in the north of Tasmania. The township is located approximately 77 km from Devonport or 47 km from Stanley.

Google Maps Pin: "Port Road"

Map showing the location of boat harbour in tasmania, australia

How to Get to Boat Harbour

Boat Harbour is very accessible as it's really just a quick detour off the Bass Highway between Devonport and Stanley.

The best way to navigate to Boat Harbour is to plug in the Google Maps pin above which will take you to Beach passing through the small town.

Alternatively, simply head west on the Bass Highway from Devonport and turn off at "Port Road". Follow this road around the bend and turn right immediately after.

Then, continue down this narrow stretch of road until you arrive at the beach carpark.

Tasmanian coast, north coast

However, much like most regions in Tasmania, you'll need your own car to get here as public transport is limited.

Sunset on a winding road in tasmania

Car Rentals in Tasmania

Unfortunately, the cost of bringing your own car on the Spirit of Tasmania has skyrocketed in recent years. Now, it is usually cheaper to rent a car on arrival. I recommend using DiscoverCars in Tasmania to compare rates for different vehicles across dealerships.

(Rentals are limited in Tasmania so it's a good idea to book in advance).

Exploring The Beach

Boat Harbour Beach has to be one of the most scenic beaches in Tasmania. While arguably just as beautiful as The Bay of Fires or even Wineglass Bay in the East, this northern spot gets nowhere near the amount of attention.

The beach at Boat Harbour is lined with white sand that drops into the translucent turquoise water. This beach is a popular spot for locals in the surrounding regions to enjoy but is visited very little by tourists.

We visited during July and this was spectacular however I must note the water was freezing! It's a great refreshing plunge if you're keen enough.

Boat harbour beach and rocks
Tasmania boat harbour

Accommodation in Boat Harbour

Did you know that Boat Harbour has some awesome accommodation options? Since it's not as busy as many other coastal towns, it serves as the perfect base in the north– especially in the warmer months!

Below I've included some of the best accommodation options to help you plan your next visit.

Small killynaught spa cottages

1. Killynaught Spa Cottages Luxury

Located in the quiet area of Boat Harbour these cottages offer private rooms with spa baths and lovely views over the surrounding gardens.

Outdoor view of the blue boat harbour garden cottages

2. Boat Harbour Garden Cottages Mid-Range

Cottages just 2 km from Boat Harbour beach with lush gardens, outdoor seating, and BBQ area. Great for groups of 2-6 people.

Heavenly farm b&b accommodation, boat harbour

3. Heavenly Farm Budget

Sea view accommodation at a low price. A cooked breakfast is provided by the host Lilly each morning which has very high reviews. This is a great choice if you're traveling with pets as they're also welcome.

Did you enjoy this quick guide to visiting Boat Harbour Tasmania? If so, make sure to check out some of my many other travel guides to the region.

I've spent loads of time photographing and exploring the hidden corners of this beautiful state and I'm sure you'll find something you didn't expect!

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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