Almost an outer suburb of Hobart, this pleasant seaside town sits just beyond the city limits. Its literary claim to fame is that Nobel Laureate Patrick White holidayed at Kingston Beach as a child.
Council offices, Civic Centre, 15 Channel Hwy; (03) 6211 8200
Nearby national parks
Australian Antarctic Division Headquarters The display area houses imagery, historical items and information about Australia’s science program and operations in Antarctica. 203 Channel Hwy; (03) 6232 3209.
Shot Tower One of the state's most historic industrial buildings (with a National Trust 'A' classification), completed in 1870. There are wonderful views of the Derwent Estuary from the top of the 66 m structure and a museum and a craft shop at the base. Open Mon–Sun; 318 Channel Hwy, Taroona; (03) 6227 8885; 4 km NE.
Kingston Beach: popular, family-friendly beach with plenty of shade and nice cafes nearby; 3 km SE.
Kingston Beach Golf Course: well-regarded 18-hole course with specific holes picked by international players as their favourites; 1 Channel Hwy; (03) 6229 8300;
Boronia Hill Flora Trail: 2 km track follows ridge line between Kingston and Blackmans Bay through remnant bush; begins at end of Jindabyne Rd and finishes at Peter Murrell Reserve, renowned for its many native orchids; Kingston.
Blackmans Bay blowhole: small blowhole at the northern end of the beach that is spectacular in stormy weather; Blowhole Rd; 7 km S.
Alum Cliffs walk: excellent scenic 45 min return walk from Browns River area along the coastal cliffs to Taroona.
Margate Train: 1950s passenger train (non-operational) with tearooms in the buffet car, and collectibles, lollies and book shops in other carriages. Sun market; 1567 Channel Hwy, Margate; 9 km S.
Tinderbox Marine Reserve: follow the underwater snorkel trail; Tinderbox; 11 km S.
Scenic drives: south through Blackmans Bay, Tinderbox and Howden, with magnificent views of Droughty Pt, South Arm Peninsula, Storm Bay and Bruny Island from Piersons Pt.
Fishing: good bream fishing at Browns River, for sport but not for the pan.
Horseriding: lessons and trail rides at Cheval Equitation; bookings on (03) 6229 4303.
Fishing spots near town
The Springs 11 kmVisitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more
Salmon Ponds 37 kmMost Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more
Eco-friendly activities around town
Salamanca Market 10 kmWith so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more
Mount Wellington Walks 10 kmYou can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more
Island Cycle Tours 11 kmThis innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more
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Golf courses around town
Royal Hobart Golf Club 21 kmRoyal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more
Tasmania Golf Club 24 kmThe challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more
Cafes & restaurants around town
Citrus Moon CafeBrightly painted inside and out, this quirky cafe near Kingston Beach specialises in wholefoods but hasn’t become too seriously healthy. Happily, there are sweet cakes and tarts on offer, as well as generous bowls... Find out more
The BeachWith a table just about at high tide level, and with grass tussocks all around, you’d be forgiven for expecting sand in your dinner. Be assured this place is smart and stylish, with not a grain of sand to be seen... Find out more
Cascade Brewery 9 kmIt’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more
Moo Brew 19 kmWith its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more
Two Metre Tall Company 39 kmAshley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more
Campsites around town
Cygnet Holiday Park 28 kmCygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more
Lime Bay camping area 33 kmThis picturesque, grassed camping area is 4 km beyond the historic mining site and is the starting point for an easy, scenic walk to Greens Point cliffs and Lagoon Beach. Gas/fuel stoves are recommended, and you need to... Find out more
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White Beach Tourist Park 38 kmIf you are travelling with the family and a boat, this park is ideal. It is on a safe swimming beach and has every amenity you will need, from a laundry and kiosk to a playground and rec room. They will even refill your... Find out more
Caravan parks around town
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Barilla Holiday Park 20 kmThis is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more
New Norfolk Caravan Park 30 kmAcross the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more
White Beach Tourist Park 38 kmThis popular, quality park is only 10 minutes from historic Port Arthur. The park has good facilities and large shady trees. It is very busy during holiday periods and bookings are required at these times.... Find out more
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
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House of WindsorNestled among heritage-listed seaside shacks in the Kingston Beach Conservation Village, this lovely blue and white Federation cottage offers two-night self-contained accommodation in truly regal style but with excellent... Find out more
Kingston Beach MotelWhile this is not the chic and stylish apartment complex you might expect to find on such a desirable piece of real estate, it has the advantage of a budget price and a glorious location right next to the sandy beach at... Find out more
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Rest areas around town
New Norfolk park area 29 km
At New Norfolk
Just off the highway. In the middle of town.
What's on around town
Rotary Club Sunday Market: library carpark; Sun.
Community Market: bric-a-brac and crafts at Brookfield, Margate; Wed.
Day on the Beach: a celebration of Australian culture on Australia Day; Jan.
Summer Survival: sports carnival on the beach; Feb.
Oliebollen Festival: Dutch food and more, cnr Sophia St and Maranoa Rd; Oct.
King of the Beach: fancy dress beach volleyball; Dec.