Scamander Tourism & Travel
Situated at the mouth of the Scamander River on the East Coast region of Tasmania, Scamander is some 146kms from Launceston and 235kms from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. The tranquil little coastal town surrounded by the Scamander forest reserve, offers a relaxing seaside escape and fishermans paradise. A plentitude of attractions, other beautiful seaside towns, and the Douglas Apsley National Park are just a short drive away. In the municipality of the Break ODay Council, Scamander has a population of 506 souls.
The Scamander Forest Reserve is situated on the banks of the Scamander River, offering excellent fishing and boating. Great bushwalking and mountain bike trails, abundant wildlife, and BBQ and picnic facilities are also found within the reserve. The Scamander River is famous for its excellent bream fishing, and other species also in abundance include trout, cocky salmon and travally. For golfing enthusiasts, the picturesque Scamander Golf Course provides well-maintained grounds and a scenic view over the Scamander Township. However the most interesting historic attraction of Scamander would have to be the infamous town bridge, which has been obliterated and rebuilt numerous times throughout Scamanders history.
The town of Scamander stretches along white sandy beaches, offering beautiful coastal views. The great swimming beaches of Scamander include Steels Beach, Wrinklers Beach, and Beaumaris. Excellent surfing spots are found further south at Four Mile Creek. Visitors can sight dolphins and whales during the migration season, and try their hand at sea fishing.
Scamander - Near by
An endless array of attractions can be found when touring the surrounding area of Scamander. Discover the beautiful variety of wildflowers in Winifred Curtis Reserve; see the tallest white gum trees in Australia at the Evercreech Forest Reserve; feed the animals or pick your own fruit at Eureka Farm; experience magnificent views of the area at the Skyline Tier Scenic Lookout; and just a short drive leads to the highest waterfalls in the whole of Tasmania, St Columba Falls.
Right in the middle of nearby St Marys and St Helens, Scamander is the perfect base to visit these charming seaside towns. Beautiful beaches, untouched forests and a genuine country charm can be experienced at St Marys, whilst the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Fires, comprised of delightful fishing lagoons and azure beaches is waiting to be discovered at St Helens.
National Park - Douglas Apsley
Just over 35kms south of Scamander, the wild Douglas-Apsley National Park boasts undisturbed dry eucalypt forest, magnificent gorges and stunning waterfalls. Apsley Gorge lookout and Waterhole has a viewing platform and great swimming spots.
When the first Europeans travelled through the area in 1825, the locality was called Yarmouth for the English port, Great Yarmouth. Subsequently, the town was later named, Scamander. The wide mouth of the Scamander River and other natural influences caused havoc to the many bridges built throughout the towns history. In 1936, a truss bridge was established and luckily, still stands today.