Colonial accommodation, Rob Walls / Auscape International

Population 4179

The south-eastern town of Sorell was founded in 1821, and was important in early colonial times for providing most of the state's grain. It was named after Governor Sorell who attempted to curb bushranging in Tasmania, but ironically the town was later targeted by bushranger Matthew Brady, who released the prisoners from gaol and left the soldiers imprisoned in their place.

Visitor Information

Gordon St; (03) 6269 2924.

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

  • Maria Island National Park

    With a west coast characterised by gentle sloping hills and an east coast of towering cliffs dropping dramatically to the sea, Maria Island...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

Nearby towns

  • Richmond

    Richmond, just north of Hobart, is one of the most important historic towns in Tasmania. Richmond Bridge is the oldest surviving freestone...more

  • Dunalley

    A quaint fishing village, Dunalley is on the isthmus separating the Forestier and Tasman peninsulas from the mainland. Nearby is the Denison...more

  • Pontville

    The area around Pontville (declared a town in 1830) was first explored by Europeans when Hobart experienced severe food shortages in the...more

In Town

Historic buildings There are 3 churches listed in the National Estate, most notably St George's Anglican Church (1826). There are also many heritage buildings including the Old Rectory (c. 1826), Old Post Office (c. 1850) and Bluebell Inn (c. 1864).

Orielton Lagoon: important habitat for migratory wading birds on western shore of town.

Pioneer Park: popular picnic spot with barbecue facilities; Parsonage Pl.


Sorell Fruit Farm Offers pick-your-own patches as well as ready-picked. Fruits available in season include berries, apricots, cherries, pears, nashi, nectarines and peaches. Devonshire tea at the cafe. Open Oct–May; Pawleena Rd; (03) 6265 2744; 2 km E.

Southern Tasmanian wine region: many vineyards east of town include Orani (3 km E) and Bream Creek (22 km E); brochure from visitor centre.

Beaches: around Dodges Ferry and Carlton; 18 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Twin Lakes 17 km

I always thought the title of John Gierach’s entertaining book Where the Trout are all as Long as your Leg was a little farfetched, until I realised it related to a time when he was five years old. I am a little... Find out more

The Springs 22 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Island Cycle Tours 22 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

Salamanca Market 22 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 29 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

Golf courses around town

Tasmania Golf Club 6 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

Royal Hobart Golf Club 10 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

Cafes & restaurants around town

Barilla Bay

If you love oysters and Tasmanian wines, this light-filled modern restaurant is for you. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and the beauty of Barilla Bay, lovers of the briny bivalve are treated to dishes such as oysters... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Moo Brew 25 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

Cascade Brewery 25 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

Campsites around town

Lime Bay camping area 23 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

White Beach Tourist Park 39 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

Kempton Overnight Bay camping area 41 km

This sizeable layover is ideal for travellers looking for a quiet overnight stop between Hobart and Launceston. Tiny Kempton has an old-world village atmosphere with galleries, cafes, churches and heritage houses to... Find out more

Encampment Cove camping area (walk-in camping) 41 km

This very remote campsite overlooking Chinamans Bay and McRaes Isthmus is a 13 km, 4 hr hike south of Darlington, and is about 2 km from Frenchs Farm. Although there is no jetty access, it is often used by boating... Find out more

Frenchs Farm camping area (walk-in camping) 42 km

Camping areas here are in cleared paddocks around an old farmhouse at the northern end of remote Chinamans Bay, 11 km south of Darlington, but there is a 3 hr hike to reach it. The track is rocky or sandy in parts and... Find out more

Port Arthur Holiday Park 46 km

Although this park is big, each spacious campsite is screened with shrubs, so it feels sheltered and private. Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (1 km along the road, or take the walking track along Stewarts Beach), then... Find out more

Darlington Campground (walk-in camping) 47 km

Although it might be peaceful during the day, this large, grassy campground between Darlington Penitentiary and Bernacchi Creek comes alive at night, when it is a top spot for wildlife-watching. The campground is a 500 m... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Barilla Holiday Park 11 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

Treasure Island Caravan Park 25 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

White Beach Tourist Park 39 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

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 40 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

New Norfolk Caravan Park 41 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

Port Arthur Holiday Park 46 km

This is a high-quality park with good facilities, close to the beach. The area is popular for surfing, fishing and bushwalking and is a good base for exploring the Tasman Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cherry Park Estate

Although only a few minutes from Hobart Airport, this B&B set in pretty gardens, fruit orchards and vineyards has a lovely country feel. Each of the three ensuite rooms is furnished with period pieces, including... Find out more

Sorell Barracks

Between raids by bushrangers and the skirmishes of the notorious Black War, Van Diemen’s Land in 1824, when these barracks were built, was far from the peaceful place it is today. They are the oldest buildings in... Find out more

Steeles Island Beach Cottages

It feels like a castaway island miles from anywhere but this beautiful hideaway is just a few minutes’ drive from Sorell. The ‘island’ is surrounded by a serene estuary close to one of Tasmania’s... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Dunalley park area 23 km

At Dunalley

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

Murdunna park area 31 km

At Murdunna

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Raspins Beach park area 37 km

1km N of Orford (R) or 7km S of Triabunna (L)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the foreshore. Toilets located 200m south.

New Norfolk park area 40 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Kempton camping area 40 km

At Kempton

Just off the highway. At the south end of town.

What's on around town

Market: Cole St; Sun (weekly in summer, fortnightly in winter; check with visitor centre for current schedule).

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