Australian Maritime College boat at
A tiny township on the Tamar River
Located 44 km north west of Launceston on the
West Tamar Highway, Beauty Point is a tiny
township originally established as the first
deepwater port on the Tamar River and today the
site of the Australian Maritime College.
Situated on Port Dalrymple (the mouth of the
Tamar River) opposite George Town, Beauty Point
lies in the heart of a rich sheep, cattle and
vine-growing district although it is the port
facilities which lie at the heart of the small
town's economic life.
The original Beauty Point wharf, where the
first deepwater vessels arrived, has been
demolished and replaced by the Australian
Maritime College which now houses over 100
residential students who study courses in
seamanship and fishing. The college has two
The town's first wharf was established in
response to the growing importance of
Beaconsfield which, as a result of the gold
boom, was the third largest town in Tasmania.
Things to see:
Attractions in the area
Today the main appeal of Beauty Point is as a
base for fishing and water sports. The nearby
villages of Kelso and Greens Beach are also
popular resorts. It also claims to be the only
place on the planet with a seahorse farm. Nearby
is the Beaconsfield Gold Mine and Museum.