Bridport, Dennis Harding / Auscape International

Population 1325

On Tasmania's north-east coast, facing Anderson Bay, Bridport is a popular holiday retreat for residents of Launceston and nearby Scottsdale. It has many safe swimming beaches, sand dunes to explore and a healthy fishing culture.

Visitor Information

Main Rd; (03) 6356 1881

Nearby national parks

  • Ben Lomond National Park

    Ben Lomond National Park, enclosing the largest alpine plateau in the state, is a mountain environment with extensive and dramatic dolerite...more

  • Mount William National Park

    Tucked away in the remote north-east corner of the state, Mount William National Park is fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons...more

  • Douglas–Apsley National Park

    Situated between the Douglas and Apsley rivers, this national park spans rugged hills of superb dry sclerophyll forest. Its tranquil...more

Nearby towns

  • Scottsdale

    Scottsdale, the major town in Tasmania's north-east, serves some of the richest agricultural and forestry country in the state. Indeed, as...more

  • Lilydale

    Originally called Germantown, this small north-eastern township is better known for the 'English-style' of its gardens and the almost French...more

  • Derby

    This small north-eastern town was born when tin was discovered in 1874 and the 'Brothers Mine' opened two years later. The Cascade Dam was...more

In Town

Bridport Wildflower Reserve Best during Sept and Oct, this wildflower reserve spans 50 ha of coastal heath and woodland. There is a 2.2 km walking track that covers the length of the reserve and takes in scenic Adams Beach. Access via Main St.

Tom's Turnery: functional and souvenir woodturning; 31 Edward St.


Tamar Valley wine region In Tasmania there is a neat division of wineries in the north stretching between Launceston and Pipers Brook, below Bridport. In all regions, white styles such as chardonnay, riesling and pinot gris are the standouts, with pinot noir holding up the reds. Pipers Brook Vineyard is one of the state’s biggest names, and makes beautiful gewürztraminer and pinot noir. Its cellar also offers tastings of its Ninth Island label and Kreglinger sparkling wines. Other wineries worth visiting include Bay of Fires and Tamar Ridge. For masterpieces in sparkling, visit Clover Hill, whose picturesque cellar door is perfect for a picnic lunch, and Jansz, with its modern, architectural wine room featuring an interpretive centre.

Waterhouse Protected Area: offers 6700 ha of coastal bush camping, rockpools, sand dunes and beaches. Access via the old goldmining village, Waterhouse; 26 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Forest Ecocentre, Scottsdale 20 km

The uniquely designed building is probably the key attraction here. Designed to use 20 per cent less energy than conventional structures, it has a building within a building, with a central funnel and large fan. Learn... Find out more

Low Head Penguin Tours 50 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

Tamar Island 53 km

This important wetland habitat just 10 minutes from the heart of Launceston features a great bird-viewing hide, 3.2 kilometres of easy walking tracks and an interpretation centre.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Barnbougle Dunes Links 4 km

Bridport used to be a sleepy fishing village on Tasmania’s north-east coast. That all changed in 2004. In December of that year Barnbougle Dunes Links opened for play on the eastern outskirts of town – and... Find out more

Barnbougle Dunes Links (Lost Farm course) 5 km

When Barnbougle Dunes opened for play in 2004 it did have a few critics who suggested it was too far away from the golfing masses to be financially successful. How wrong they were. If a golf course is good enough,... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Bridport Bay Inn Bistro & Woodfired Pizza

This light and breezy bistro in Bridport Bay Inn on the main street is always buzzing, especially in the summer holiday season. After a day at the beach you and the kids will love their wood-fired pizza, or for a more... Find out more

Bridport Cafe

This place is a standout among Bridport eateries, run by an energetic couple who have transformed the cafe into an ethically and environmentally aware oasis serving Mediterranean-style light meals and snacks, which have... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 53 km

With several different owners over the past 100 years, J. Boag and Son typifies the sometimes turbulent history of Australian brewing and the minor miracle of surviving at all into the 21st century. Scotsman James Boag... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bridport Caravan Park 1 km

This is like one of those caravan parks you remember from the past, when summer was just sun, sand and swimming. Set up camp among the trees, nip over to the beach for a long lazy swim with the kids, then enjoy the... Find out more

Blackmans Lagoon camping area 20 km

This camping area is used by duck shooters in season and is suited to big rigs. It is reached along Blackmans Lagoon Rd off Waterhouse Rd, 23 km east of Bridport. Camping is in a pine plantation by a network of lagoons... Find out more

Bellingham Coastal Reserve camping area 20 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

Northeast Park camping area 21 km

Surrounded by beautiful parkland, trees and lakes, this pretty camping ground is 1 km east of Scottsdale on the A3. There is a playground on-site and you can stay at the park for up to 7 days, giving you plenty of time... Find out more

Big Waterhouse Lake camping area 22 km

A few cleared camping sites are provided here on the northern shore of the lake, but there are no facilities at this location. Access is signposted 4 km along Homestead Rd, then it is a further 3 km to the camping area.... Find out more

South Croppies Point camping area 22 km

These campsites are at the northern side of this scenic point. They have spectacular ocean outlooks but are relatively exposed to the weather. From Homestead Rd, turn left 2 km north of the Big Waterhouse Lake track,... Find out more

Waterhouse Beach camping area 23 km

North of Waterhouse, these campsites sit behind the beach and are sheltered by coastal scrub. Head towards the coast along Homestead Rd, turning left to Croppies Point, then left again at the Y-junction. No facilities... Find out more

Herbies Landing camping area 28 km

If you continue north along Homestead Rd past the South Croppies Rd turn-off, 5 km further on there is a signpost to a very small camping area with just 3 sites and no facilities. There is a boat-launching place at... Find out more

Village Green camping area 30 km

On the western side of Waterhouse Point, this camping area has magnificent views across Waterhouse Passage but no shade. Access is from Homestead Rd, turning off 1.4 km east of the Herbies Landing turn-off. About 1 km... Find out more

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 30 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

Low Head Tourist Park 50 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

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 52 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Barnbougle Cottages

If you’re a golf enthusiast this is as good as it gets. Wake up just a gentle chip shot from the first tee on one of the world’s greatest links courses, plan the day’s play with your morning coffee... Find out more


Relive the 1970s at this lovely old hillside B&B overlooking Bridport and Anderson Bay. Although it has had a makeover and been updated with ensuite spas or twin showers in some rooms, Bridairre is a friendly,... Find out more

Bridport Resort

These 16 curve-roofed villas are tucked into the coastal bushland just a few steps from Bridport’s lovely Anderson Bay, one of Tasmania’s favourite seaside playgrounds. There are one-, two- or three-bedroom... Find out more

Platypus Park Country Retreat

This country retreat offers self-contained accommodation for couples or larger family groups in a tranquil rural setting close to Bridport’s pretty beaches and the famous Barnbougle golf course. Depending which... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Scottsdale rest area 21 km

At Scottsdale

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Sideling Lookout park area 29 km

17km SW of Scottsdale (L) or 45km NE of Launceston (R)

Adjacent to the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.

Myrtle Park camping area 35 km

T/O 31km SW of Scottsdale (R) or 31km NE of Launceston (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of St Patricks River.

Derby park area 38 km

At Derby

Adjacent to the highway on a riverbank. Town's north side.

What's on around town

Bridport Triathlon: Jan.

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