Beauty Point

Seahorse World, Seahorse World

Population 1205

Beauty Point is the base for the Australian Maritime College and is also a good spot for fishing and yachting. The town's main attractions are the fascinating webbed and wriggling creatures at Seahorse World and Platypus House.

Visitor Information

Tamar Visitor Centre, Main Rd, Exeter; (03) 6394 4454 or 1800 637 989

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In Town

Seahorse World The centre acts as a breeding farm for aquariums and the Chinese medicine market, but also studies endangered species to ensure their survival. Take a guided tour to see how seahorses are bred – newborns are the size of a child's fingernail. There's also a touch pool and expo centre for local wines and craft. Inspection Head Wharf, Flinders St; (03) 6383 4111.

Platypus House This centre has 3 live displays: one with platypus and native beaver rats, another with Tasmanian butterflies, and a third with many Tasmanian leeches, blood-sucking worms and spiders. Scientists here are currently conducting research into a disease attacking the Tasmanian platypus population. Inspection Head Wharf, Flinders St; (03) 6383 4884.

Sandy Beach: safe swimming spot.


Narawntapu National Park This park is a popular spot for horseriding and waterskiing (conditions apply), and has excellent walks such as the 5 hr walk from Badger Head to Bakers Beach. Contact Parks & Wildlife Service on 1300 135 513; access via Greens Beach or via Badger Head or Bakers Beach rds.

York Town monument: site marks the first settlement in northern Tasmania (1804); 10 km W.

Kelso and Greens Beach: popular holiday towns to the north-west.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Low Head Penguin Tours 10 km

Every night at dusk this comprehensive but inexpensive tour takes visitors to a little penguin-nesting site near the mouth of the Tamar River, where you can watch the penguins waddle ashore to return to their nests. The... Find out more

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 35 km

Three brothers almost single-handedly turned an old quarry site into one of the most reliable places in the world to see wild platypus. In fact, the guided tours have never failed to encounter a platypus in Warrawee... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Carbones Cafe

A light-filled casual cafe, this place has big city coffee, substantial country breakfasts and cakes made in-house. Order a slice of ‘Dolce Vita’ (sweet life) and a macchiato at a table in its modern... Find out more

Tamar Cove Motel & Restaurant

With tables inside and out over two levels, a wide selection of wines by the glass and homemade cheesecake flavours changing daily, there is something for everyone in this casual, family-friendly restaurant. An... Find out more

Campsites around town

Horse Yards camping area 18 km

A 26 km horseriding trail leads from this camping area, but you must camp nearby and give the ranger 48 hours notice before you can bring your horse into the park. Narawntapu is 40 km east of Devonport via the B71, or 85... Find out more

Springlawn camping area 19 km

This is the place to head to in the park if you have a large rig and need power. It also has the best facilities and is only 100 m past the ranger station and visitor centre, so it is just a short walk to join one of the... Find out more

Bakers Point camping area 21 km

On the point by Springlawn Beach, this large camping area has 36 sites – 16 suitable for larger rigs – a portable toilet waste collection point and a boat-launching area. There’s excellent fishing in... Find out more

Koybaa camping area 22 km

This camping area at Griffiths Point, 4 km past the ranger station, has 12 small sites surrounded by scrub. They are only suitable for tent-based camping because you have to carry your gear in past a row of... Find out more

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 22 km

This large caravan park is close to shops and just a short walk from the foreshore of the Rubicon estuary, with its sheltered beach and lovely views of Narawntapu National Park. The safe swimming beach and kids’... Find out more

Bellingham Coastal Reserve camping area 32 km

Between Pipers River and Bellingham dunes, this undeveloped camping area offers a great surf beach, excellent birdwatching and a sheltered estuary with very good fishing. The campsites are tucked into the coastal scrub... Find out more

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 34 km

In the middle of Tasmania’s north-eastern wine region, 2.5 km north of the little township of Lilydale on Golconda Rd (B81), this pleasant campground has shady sites beneath mature trees. The playground, picnic... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 8 km

The park is set on a large expanse of grassy, maintained grounds and includes a small golf course. It has good amenities, a wellstocked store and a great outlook over the broad estuary of the River Tamar. Wombats... Find out more

Low Head Tourist Park 8 km

This is an attractive park. There are large grassy areas, and most facilities for the discerning traveller are here. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 22 km

This popular beachfront park is owned and operated by the Lions Club. It is close to the centre of town, adjacent to the boat ramp and ideal for family holidays. It is an easy drive to the Devonport ferry terminal from... Find out more

Bay View Holiday Village 37 km

Close to the beach on the east side of Devonport, this park is just a short drive to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Abel Tasman Caravan Park 38 km

Located just a couple of blocks from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal, this park has obvious benefits for those arriving or departing by the boat. The park has sites to cater for all size rigs and is ideal for a longer... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Beauty Point Cottages

Set on a gently sloping bank of the Tamar River, this complex has a choice of self-catering studio cottages or rooms in the Federation-style homestead. Either way, it’s a great location to spend a day or two... Find out more

Kateland Manor Estate B&B

This elegant house built in the early 1900s has undergone a complete transformation, with no expense spared, and is now a luxury retreat for exclusive use of guests seeking a private haven away from home. There are three... Find out more

Pomona Spa Cottages

With names inspired by great lovers and gardeners from Roman and Greek mythology, these three Federation-style modern cottages in a garden of fruit trees and vines are perfect for a luxury romantic holiday. The intention... Find out more

Greens Beach Luxury Escape

Almost at the end of the road north, this elevated contemporary beach house surrounds its guests with glass so that every room – including the solarium – is filled with views of the sky and the sea. Two queen... Find out more

The Lodge at Clarence Point

This rambling country mansion surrounded by manicured lawns is a grand private hotel at the northern end of the Tamar Valley, close to Narawntapu National Park but still within easy reach of the valley’s famous... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Parramatta Creek rest area 31 km

26km NW of Deloraine (L) or 17km SE of Latrobe (R)

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.

What's on around town

Three Peaks Race: 4-day sailing and mountain-climbing endurance event that begins in town, heads north to Flinders Island, then south down the east coast to Hobart; Easter.

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