Port Sorell

Muddy Creek, John Fairhall / Auscape International

Population 2209

This holiday town on the Rubicon River enjoys a mild and sunny climate nearly all year-round. It was established in the early 1820s, but sadly, many of its oldest buildings were destroyed by bushfires. The port is now a fast-developing coastal retreat for retirees and beach lovers.

Visitor Information

Latrobe Visitor Centre, River Rd, Bells Pde, Latrobe


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

The jetty: good fishing for cocky salmon, mullet, flathead, cod and bream. There are views to Bakers Beach and Narawntapu National Park. Behind caravan park on Meredith St.

Port Sorell Conservation Area: 70 ha of coastal reserve with much flora and fauna. Guided tours available; bookings on (03) 6428 6072; Park Espl.

Estuary: boating and safe swimming areas.


Shearwater: holiday town with shopping centre and good beach access; 5 km N.

Hawley Beach: safe swimming, good fishing and historic Hawley House (1878) offering meals; 6 km N.

Walk: 6 km return track from Port Sorell to Hawley Beach, offering excellent views of Narawntapu National Park and coastline. Starts at beach end of Rice St.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 14 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

Low Head Penguin Tours 24 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

Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 31 km

Tasmania has the largest freshwater crayfish in the world, and they can grow up to a metre in length, with claws that could cut a person’s hand off. You can go out on a research trip with the world’s expert... Find out more

Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 41 km

If you want to embark on a little-known, but highly varied Tasmanian bushwalk, try part or the entire 80-kilometre Penguin to Cradle walk. It starts at the coast, goes through a mix of rural areas, woodlands, canyons,... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Hawley House

Dining at grand Hawley House is like attending a Gone with the Wind dinner party. One huge, candlelit dining table is surrounded by wood panelling and red velvet curtains, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. The... Find out more

Campsites around town

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park

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

Koybaa camping area 1 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

Bakers Point camping area 1 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

Springlawn camping area 4 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

Horse Yards camping area 5 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

West Kentish Park camping area 37 km

This informal camping area on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Barrington is 6 km from West Kentish. Busy when there are rowing events at the lake, at other times it is a peaceful campground amid pretty scenery. Bring... Find out more

Lake Barrington West camping area 37 km

Lake Barrington is famous for its world-class rowing course, and while there are big crowds here for rowing championships, the rest of the time there is peaceful camping, all-year angling and beautiful scenery. Camping... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park

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 14 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 15 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

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 21 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 24 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 Ulverstone Holiday Park 31 km

This is a good quality park with spacious grassy areas and a range of facilities, about 1 km from the town centre and close to the surf club on East Beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 41 km

With good facilities, this park is about a oneand- a-half hour drive to Cradle Mountain and about half that to Great Lake. There are good bushwalks in the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Penguin Caravan Park 41 km

This beachfront park at the western end of town has undergone a makeover. The waterfront sites have been refurbished and the park has a licensed restaurant. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Hawley House

Historic Hawley House is a memorable place to stay. Slightly eccentric, in a nice way, it has a Gone with the Wind–style dining room and an outside rooftop bath where you can soak in some bubbles for a spot of... Find out more

Sails on Port Sorell

These modern and comfortable boutique apartments are just 200 metres from an unspoiled beach and easy walking tracks. The Pier, Oyster and Dolphin studio apartments are delightfully bright and colourful, and include... Find out more


Tranquilles is a romantic B&B where a stay is like spoiling yourself. The welcome starts with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and local Belgian-style chocolates. The Shearwater Room is pretty and bright,... Find out more

Shearwater Country Club

Shearwater Country Club has a lot to offer its guests. Relaxing activities here include a spa, sauna, heated indoor pool, billiard saloon and nine-hole golf course, and it’s just a short walk to a safe sandy beach.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Parramatta Creek rest area 18 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

Market: Memorial Hall; 1st and 3rd Sat each month Sept–May.

Port Sorell Regatta: Jan.

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