Comprised of a hilltop township and charming beachfront community, Boat Harbour is a tranquil coastal destination with stunning white-sand beaches overlooking the Bass Strait. Dolphins, seals and whales often populate the waters, while cosy cafes and enthralling walking trails sit on the shoreline.
Things to do
Life is all about the sand and water while in Boat Harbour, where white powder sand meets deep-blue water and soft waves. The family-friendly swimming conditions are complemented by rock pools, panoramic Bass Strait views and sightings of dolphins, seals and whales throughout the year. For the best views, take on the headland walking trail, a circuit loop that overlooks waves crashing against the rocks below.
Looking to taste the local produce? You can indulge in freshly-brewed coffee and light meals of seafood and regional vegetables at the waterfront Harvest and Cater Beach Cafe or Jolly Roger Cafe. Afterwards, enjoy a cold beer at the Boat Harbour surf club or head up to the township for delicious food in a rustic cottage setting at Thistle Hut.
If you prefer to explore under the water’s surface, grab some snorkel or scuba diving gear and venture offshore to spot sea turtles and other colourful marine life. For a day on the links, drive about 15 minutes to the Wynyard Golf Club, where you can play on a picturesque course surrounded by water and coral reefs.
While in Boat Harbour, don’t forget to experience Rocky Cape National Park, about 20 minutes’ drive away. This sprawling national park features a historic lighthouse, rich Aboriginal heritage, shipwrecks, fascinating rock formations and numerous hills for hiking and admiring coastal views.
Boat Harbour is about 15 minutes’ drive from Burnie Airport, which has regular flights from Melbourne and Launceston. You can walk around the township and beach community but will need a vehicle to explore further afield.