Raspins Beach

Last February I travelled along the east coast highway and marvelled at the number of Tasmanian beaches that surprised me, seemingly around every corner. Typically, there was never a soul in sight on these beaches. A luxury which Tasmania often offers!

Recently I ‘discovered’ Raspins Beach, within the orbit of the east coast town of Orford, a sandy arc located about an hour’s drive northwards from Hobart. On the day when I walked its length, only a couple of other people were enjoying its freedom.

I hadn’t strolled far when confronted with a series of information boards, weathered by the elements, that had been installed for the benefit of visitors.

At the northern end of the beach a wavy sandstone cliff, with multi-tones of brown, back dropped fallen rocks and edged first the sand and then the water. Maria Island, just off the coast, has well-known sensational ‘painted cliffs’ and I sensed a geological nature shared by the two places. I guessed the sandstone continues under the waves between each location.

A creek empties water, from the hills behind, across the sand and out to sea.

The rich tannins from native plants stain the water.

Mussels were growing naturally on the rocks.

A variety of seaweeds and sea lettuces were drying at the high tide mark.

Looking southwards to Orford the beach seemed to stretch interminably. I had no idea that, in the distance, the deep Prosser River cut across the sand and acted as a barrier to further walking towards the township.

The remnants of child-play remained, as yet undisturbed by high tide.

Another creek attempted to empty into the sea but it died and the water sunk away into the sand.

Provided away from the beach are walking tracks, parking lots, and opportunities for non-sandy picnics. It all depends what you want to do when you visit Raspins Beach.

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4 Responses to Raspins Beach

  1. wilfredbooks says:

    It looks wonderful! Cheers, Jon.


  2. How many times have I driven past this little gem but I don’t remember stopping to enjoy it since I was very small!
    The history boards are great – so many interesting stories from the area.
    Last summer we anchored off East Shelly beach to the south, and walked into Orford along the south coastal track. I was delighted to see information boards along the way about the local flora and fauna. This was created with the children from the local school and includes QR codes for further information. Certainly worth a look, and another very pretty walk.
    I was surprised to see the information about the local quarry, and the comment that stone from here was shipped to Melbourne for building the PO and Town Hall – I’m sure the same was said of the quarry south of Lunawanna on Bruny Island! Perhaps they had to raid a number of quarries to get sufficient stone?


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