Tasmania’s northern coastline offers some of the most underrated hidden beach towns in the state. One of the best of these beach towns is Weymouth, near Bellingham, on the Pipers River. It has a very small permanent population, although it receives a large number of visitors throughout the summer. There is a beach, a tennis court, and a seasonal shop in Weymouth. Weymouth’s (Pipers River) estuary has a large tidal intake and outflow, making it a popular spot for recreational angling, swimming, and skiing. Here, you can catch kingfish, sharks, and both sand and king flathead.
The coastline here is some of the best in the world for surfing, and is frequented by locals as well as visitors.
Key Visitor Information for Weymouth
Like most parts of the northern Tasmania coastline, the weather is moderate to warm throughout most of the year. Being close to the Bass Strait coastline, it can get windy at times so it’s best to bring warm clothing.
Average summer temperature is 22 degrees celsius
Average autumn temperature is 18 degrees celsius
Average winter temperature is 13 degrees celsius
Average spring temperature is 16 degrees celsius
Directions to Weymouth
Weymouth is a 58 kilometre, 45 minute drive from Launceston. Head north out of Launceston on the East Tamar Highway, then take a right onto Dalrymple Road, right onto Industry Road, right onto Bridport Road, then left onto Weymouth Road.
Best Known for
Beautiful, unspoilt, uninterrupted coastline. Ideal for surfers, fishing and anyone who wants to enjoy the coast without commercialism.
Things to do in Weymouth
The coastline at Weymouth faces Bass Strait, and receives some of the best surfing in Tasmania. Hire a shack in the summer and stay with some friends for a few days.
Weymouth is a great place to visit for fishing, particularly during the warmer months. Popular species include kingfish, sharks, and sand and king flathead. Weymouth’s (Pipers River) estuary has a large tidal intake and outflow, making it a popular spot for recreational angling, swimming, and skiing. It also features a boat ramp that is only really useful during high tide, but it’s a perfect escape ramp for when wave surges along the coast make retrieving boats on the seaward facing ramps impossible.
The surf beaches of Weymouth and the surrounding area around Belingham make it a hotspot for those who enjoy casting a long rod, and species such as gummy sharks, seven-gilled sharks, Australian salmon, and many others make the effort worthwhile. Many people like to camp along the beach’s edge, however there has recently been talk of restricting the areas owing to deliberate destruction by some users.
The foreshore of Weymouth Beach is a good place to fossick and find a gem or two. Fine-grained quartz pebbles, petrified wood, and some agates and chalcedony have all been found in the area, making it a valuable source of tumbling material for lapidarists.
The Weymouth to Lulworth Coastal Walk is a 13.20-kilometer out-and-back track is located in Weymouth, Tasmania. It takes an average of 3 hours and 2 minutes to finish this moderately difficult route. This trail is ideal for trekking and walking, and you won’t run into many other people while doing so.
Things to do near Weymouth
Lulworth, which is close by, offers a wonderful beach that is popular with families and is a terrific place for kids and pets. Tam O’Shanter is another renowned surfing and fishing site. Barnbougle Dunes (also rated World’s No. 7 – see below) is located near Bridport, about a 20-minute drive away, and is often regarded as Australia’s No. 1 Public Golf Course. In Lulworth, 5 minutes away, there is also a golf course. The boutique wine areas of Pipers Brook are not far away.
There are a couple of holiday home accommodation options in Weymouth. If these are booked out there are options in nearby Lulworth and Bridport.
Drift Beach Shack
Drift Beach Hut is a one-of-a-kind, meticulously renovated 1950s beach shack located in Weymouth, North East Tasmania. Minutes from the beach and the Pipers River, this is the perfect spot to unwind and revitalise. For creatives and romantics alike, the shack’s basic lifestyle gives inspiring chances.
Shack in the Dunes
Shack in the Dunes is an ultra-cute, two bedroom sixties beach shack which has been restored with a bright, white beach cafe vibe. It can sleep 4-5 guests and provides an enjoyable space with open plan lying, roomy bedrooms and a new bathroom. There are great outdoor entertainment areas with fire pots.