Population 31500

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.

Visitor Information

Council offices, Civic Centre, 15 Channel Hwy; (03) 6211 8200

Nearby national parks

  • Tasman National Park

    Comprising a narrow coastal strip along the east and south of Forestier and Tasman peninsulas and several offshore islands, Tasman National...more

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

Nearby towns

  • Kettering

    The area around Kettering, in the state's south-east, was first explored in 1792 by Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, after whom the surrounding...more

  • Huonville

    Huonville produces more than half of Tasmania's apples and is surrounded by blossoming fields of apples, cherries, plums, pears, berries...more

  • Cygnet

    Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir by French admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux – after the black swans in the bay. However, in 1915...more

In Town

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 km

Visitors 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 km

Most 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 km

With 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 km

You 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 km

This 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

Living History Museum of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 27 km

Set in a former Methodist church that had strong ties with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, this little museum near Cygnet showcases Indigenous history, artefacts, art and bush tucker. It is generally open on weekends... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 21 km

Royal 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 km

The 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 Cafe

Brightly 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 Beach

With 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

Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 9 km

It’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 km

With 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 km

Ashley 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

Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 27 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more

Cygnet Holiday Park 28 km

Cygnet 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 km

This 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

Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 33 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more

Neck Reserve camping area 35 km

The Neck is a narrow, sandy isthmus joining north and south Bruny. Halfway along it is a must-see lookout with 360-degree views, and at night the sand dunes below come alive with penguins. The camping area is sheltered... Find out more

White Beach Tourist Park 38 km

If 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

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 10 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 19 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more

Barilla Holiday Park 20 km

This 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 km

Across 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 km

This 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

Anubha Mountain 
Health Retreat

With treats for your entire being, from your skin to your inner soul, this resort in the hills just outside suburban Kingston offers time out and a reinvigorating break from the stress of travel. There is accommodation... Find out more


This charming boutique hotel nestled by the water shares its name with the French sea captain – Bruni d’Entrecasteaux – who mapped these inlets in 1792. With a charming pastel facade and pretty pots of... Find out more

House of Windsor

Nestled 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 Motel

While 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

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 23 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more

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.

comments powered by Disqus