Weymouth, Tasmania

Weymouth is a small township in northern Tasmania on the Pipers River opposite Bellingham. It has a very small permanent population; however, it attracts many visitors during the summer months. Weymouth has a beach, a tennis court and a seasonal shop. The estuary at Weymouth (Pipers River) has a strong tidal inflow and outflow and is popular for recreational angling, swimming and skiing. Species such as Kingfish, sharks and flathead both sand and king are caught here.

Where Is it? Weymouth is 50 km north of Launceston.

Lulworth Beach

The local surfers reckon this coastline is amongst the best around, and a quick check of the surf web sites seems to support this view. Nearby Lulworth has a good beach which is very popular with families and is a great spot for kids and pets. Tam O'Shanter is another popular destination for surfers and anglers alike. Fishing here too can be sensational, particularly during the warmer months of the year. Bridport, some 20 minutes drive away, is home to what many consider to be Australia's No. 1 Public Golf Course, Barnbougle Dunes (also rated World's No. 7 - see below). There is also a Golf Course at Lulworth 5 minutes away. Pipers Brook boutique wine regions is close at hand.

Barnbougle Dunes

Barnbougle Dunes (3 km north east) is a hidden gem and home to one of the world s top Links golf courses. The golf links, built on undulating coastal dunes, is the work of famed golf architect Tom Doak and Australia s Michael Clayton. The breathtaking landscape upon which the course has been created mirrors the wild coastal links courses of Scotland and Ireland and as Barnbougle continues to develop with age it looks set to follow in the footsteps of these great courses. Barnbougle Dunes has been ranked the No.1 public course in Australia and No.7 in the world.

Tenth Island

Tenth Island, also known as Barrenjoey, is part of the Waterhouse Island Group. Situated 6 kilometres from mainland Tasmania, it is accessible from the northern coastal towns of Low Head, George Town, Lulworth and Weymouth. It is home to a seal colony which in turn has made it a hunting grounds for great white sharks. A local woman was taken by a shark in 1993 whilst scuba diving in this area, so it pays to be cautious. It is a very popular spot for fishing and also kayaking.

Tenth Island, Moriarty Rocks, Judgement Rocks, West Moncoeur and Reid Rocks Nature Reserves are significant as Tasmania's only Australian fur seal breeding colonies, which provide approximately half the global habitat for the species. The mean annual seal pup production is 2150 with a range of between 1315 and 2932. Tenth Island is a target for one day trippers and sightseers, who want to see a seal colony. There is currently at least one nature-based tourist operator who regularly takes seal watching trips to Tenth Island.