Clifton Beach
A view looking towards the eastern end of the beach.
Clifton Beach is located in Hobart
Clifton Beach
Clifton Beach
Coordinates42°59′22″S 147°31′18″E / 42.98944°S 147.52167°E / -42.98944; 147.52167
Population555 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Clarence
State electorate(s)Franklin
Federal division(s)Franklin
Suburbs around Clifton Beach:
Sandford Frederick Henry Bay
Clifton Beach Frederick Henry Bay
South Arm Storm Bay Frederick Henry Bay
Rocks near the beach

Clifton Beach is a coastal suburb located approximately 25 km southeast of Hobart on the South Arm Peninsula on the outskirts of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It is part of the City of Clarence, and is a popular surfing location.[2]

Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1963. This section of the club is one part of two, the other half being at Kingston Beach on the western shore.

The entire beach is backed by a coastal reserve, which incorporates coastal dunes behind the central and eastern part of the beach. The now vegetated dunes have transgressed up to 300 m inland rising to more than 20 m, with dense vegetation behind, then the shallow southern shores of circular Pipe Clay Lagoon. The beach is bordered by 54 m high Cape Deslacs in the east and 50 m high rocky cliffs in the west that run south for 3.5 km rising to 100 m high at Cape Contrariety. The beach is 2.1 km long and faces south-southeast into Storm Bay exposing it to all southerly swell. Waves average 1-1.5 m and maintain a moderately steep beach fronted by a continuous bar which is cut by rips every 200 m during and following high waves, with permanent rips against the rocks at each end. It is considered by some as the most dangerous beach in Tasmania. The beach is so dangerous because of its perfect barreling waves which makes even the toughest locals scared.[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Clifton Beach (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 April 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Surfing". Clarence City Council. 8 July 2004. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Surf Life Saving Australia Beach Profile". Retrieved 18 April 2014.