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This coastal path on the River Derwent, just south of Hobart, is one of our favourite places.

The well maintained footpath hugs the coastline as it passes through a range of vegetation.

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The rocks are not far below, with some people choosing to walk that route. As the tide is coming in, there is a constant sound of waves breaking on the rocks. There are glimpses of yachts out on the river.

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There are information signs along the track, identifying trees, flowers or sharing a little of the history of the area.

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The path skirts the edge of homes that have boundaries to the high water mark. Most home owners are happy for the path to cross their land. A few are not. In some sections there are steps to negotiate a gully.

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Then the path opens to this view. The cove is full of pebbles but a closer look shows a high ratio of shells amongst the stones.

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We continue around the point to another little beach. Sand this time with a boat shed and dinghies upturned on the grass. It is good to see kids playing on the beach and on the rocks, exploring and enjoying nature.

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As we back track we pass a lone grave, a historic site of the oldest known European grave in Tasmania. James Batchelor was buried here on 28th January 1810. He was a young sailor who died on his ship, Venus, that had brought much needed wheat from Calcutta, to the new colony in Van Diemen’s Land. A perfect last resting place, with views of the estuary and the beach below.

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Hidden behind the trees, the University of Tasmania has a research campus.


We’ve walked here at various times of the day and in different tide and wind conditions. When a southerly wind blows in, the waves pick up and we have seen surfers having fun on boards or in kayaks.

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On a calm evening at low tide, the long shadows enhance the peacefulness of the beach.

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Taroona Beach is also a perfect spot for observing the night sky and because it is south facing with minimal light pollution, we have been fortunate to see the Aurura Australis from here – The Southern Lights. As I said, it’s a favourite place.