Port Sorell, Tasmania

Port Sorell, Tasmania

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Port Sorell
state = tas

caption =
lga = Latrobe Council
postcode = 7307
est =
pop = 2,211
maxtemp =
mintemp =
rainfall =
stategov = Braddon
fedgov = Braddon
dist1 = 254
dir1 = N
location1= Hobart
dist2 = 79
dir2 = NW
location2= Launceston, Tasmania
dist3 = 20
dir3 = E
location3= Devonport

Port Sorell is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. It lies on the waterway of the same name, just off Bass Strait, 20 km east of Devonport. At the 2006 census, Port Sorell had a population of 2,211.Census 2006 AUS|id=UCL612800|name=Port Sorell (Urban Centre/Locality)|accessdate=2007-11-11|quick=on]

The town was originally a fishing and sealing port named "Burgess", however the name was officially changed to Port Sorell (after Governor Sorell) in 1822. The town could have been a lot larger than it is now, had it not been for bushfires, after which nearby Devonport grew to become a major port.

Things to see:

The Jetty: A popular haunt for people eager to catch some fish. The jetty can be accessed by the road beside the town's main caravan park. It offers good views across the water to Bakers Beach and Narawntapu National Park (formally Asbestos Ranges National Park) which are well worth exploring although you have to leave Port Sorell and drive around the Port to the south and east to access the park.

Watch House Hill: It might be better to describe it as Watch House sand dune. There was a time when there was an old gaol on top of this prominent sand dune. It was destroyed and today it has been replaced by the town's bowling green.

Shearwater: After the rather sleepy experience of Port Sorell it is surprising to find Shearwater which has been developed in the past decade. It has a modern shopping centre, good access to the beaches - particularly Freers Beach - and the Shearwater Country Club is a very substantial and modern holiday destination.

Leisure activities: Port Sorell is ideal for people seeking a quiet and uncomplicated holiday. There are walks along the beaches and in the nearby Narawntapu National Park. The fishing is good. There are a wide range of water activities available. And there is a sleepiness which is relaxing and pleasant.

Today Port Sorell is one of many popular holiday resorts along the north coast of Tasmania.


Further reading

*Gardam, Faye. "A History of Port Sorell 1844 - 1994". Port Sorell Sesquicentenary Committee: Latrobe, Tasmania. 1994.

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