A popular holiday town and its beaches are ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing. The Scamander River is noted for its bream, while beach fishing and gamefishing in the deep waters offshore are also popular. Scamander is also northern Tasmania's major surfing centre.
Located at the mouth of the Scamander River, Scamander is sited on a particularly beautiful and quiet stretch of coastline, noted for its secluded beaches which are popular with surfers and surf fishing enthusiasts. Like all coastal resort towns Scamander is noted for its water activities. In summer, surfing and swimming are popular and the river is noted for its bream which can be caught.
Where Is it?: Scamander is situated mid way between St Helens and St Marys. It is 20km south of St Helens, 18 km north of St Marys, 146 km east of Launceston, 236 km north east of Hobart.
Travel ten minutes south of St Helens and you will drive through the unassuming township of Beaumaris. This is one of the best spots for beach fishing in the entire area, but keep that one to yourself! Boasting a motel and restaurant overlooking the ocean, Beaumaris is a great place to chill out and let nature come to you.
Scamander Conservation Area
Scamander Conservation Area is were the area's rich Aboriginal history is most evident. Middens and the presence of tools and stone assemblages indicate that Aboriginal people used this part of the coast extensively. Mussel, abalone, rock whelk and warrener appear to have been the most commonly eaten shellfish. Small quantities of seal and macropod (kangaroo or wallaby) bone are also found in the middens.
The tiny seaside settlement of Falmouth, a short distance to the south of Scamander, is a wonderful hideaways four kilometres off the main highway at the foot of St Marys Pass. First settled in 1829 when Captain Henderson acquired 2560 acres he named Huckamabad, Falmouth was the principal sea port for the central east coast of Tasmania. Today, it is less of a town and more of a collection of cliff-top houses that enjoy million dollar views across the Tasman Sea. The coastline varies from long, safe sandy beaches to rocky headlands. A holiday village with self contained accommodation is located at Iron House Point. Four Mile Creek beyond Falmouth is popular with fishermen and holiday makers.
Four Mile Creek
Falmouth's premier attraction is the blowhole although this is something of a misnomer. The blowhole is actually a rather large fissure in the rocks where the waves, when they break, cause plumes of spray to rise spectacularly into the air. To get to the blowhole the visitor needs to walk some distance north along the cliffs. The walk is pleasant with the rocks tumbling down towards the sea. The views are excellent and near the blowhole it is possible to see the beach which lies to the north across Henderson Lagoon.