Bridport Visitor Information
Bridport in Tasmanias north east is a popular holiday destination overlooking Anderson Bay. Bridport is Tasmania's leading golfing destination, with Barnbougle on our doorstep. Surrounded by bushland reserves, white sand and with the sloping vines of Pipers Brook wineries only 15 minutes drive, Bridport is an ideal place to unwind. A walking track surrounds the township.
The towns population of 1,350 almost triples in summer when holidaymakers flock to the beach. Bridports main industries are tourism, vegetable farming and fishing. Local specialties are scallops and crayfish. Bridport is also a port for the Matthew Flinders cargo vessel, which travels to Port Welshpool in Victoria and Flinders Island.
In spring, the wildflowers and birds are prolific in the Granite Point Coastal Reserve and Bridport Wildflower Reserve. Other nearby reserves have spectacular coastal views, waterfalls, white sand dunes and native wildlife.
You can tee off at Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm links golf courses, which are considered some of the best in Australia and the World, or enjoy a game at the local Bridport Golf Club.
Lavender-perfumed air emanates from the purple-washed paddocks of Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm one of the worlds largest lavender oil producers.
The coastline was navigated by Bass and Flinders in 1798, but Bridport was not settled until 1830, by Thomas Lewis. Chinese tin miners were among the early pioneers. It was a port for the timber industry and enjoyed periods of prosperity in the late 1860s, when gold was discovered in a nearby village.
Hit the beach in January when Bridports average maximum is 23 degrees Celsius (73.5 degrees Fahrenheit). Wine and dine by a log fire in Junes average of 12.5 degrees Celsius (54.5 degrees Fahrenheit).
Bridport is 85 kilometres (53 miles, or one hours drive) north-east of Launceston on the B81 and B84.