Beyond the eastern shore’s built-up areas, the peninsula between Storm Bay and Frederick Henry Bay is a favourite haunt for surfers, within an easy drive from the city. Few tourists head out this way so there are crowd-free surf breaks and plenty of long deserted dune-backed beaches.
Rokeby is a 20min drive out of Hobart along the South Arm Highway. It was settled in 1809 and quickly became an important food-producing area for the growing colony, with Tasmania’s first crops of wheat and apples harvested here.
St Matthew’s Church houses a collection of notable items including its organ, which was the first keyboard brought to Australia. Tasmania’s first chaplain, the notorious Reverend Robert Knopwood, spent his last days in the Rokeby area and was buried in a plain coffin, with no nameplate, in St Matthew’s churchyard. Cnr King St and North Pde.
Storm Bay beaches
Surrounding Hobart’s outer-eastern suburbs there are some lovely sheltered beaches that are well worth a visit. The beaches facing south into Storm Bay are excellent surfing spots and usually uncrowded. Clifton Beach is a popular surfing location reached via a turn-off from the South Arm Highway, while a further 8 kilometres south the Goat Bluff cliff-top lookout offers spectacular views of wild and deserted surf beaches on either side of the bluff.
For a swim in the waves at a safe, patrolled beach, head to Carlton (take the turn-off to Dodges Ferry from the Arthur Highway, after Sorell).