Bridport, Tasmania

Bridport is a small town on the north-east coast of Tasmania, Australia. It is part of the Dorset Council. At the 2016 census, Bridport had a population of 1,568.[1]

Bridport
Tasmania
Bridport
Coordinates41°00′S 147°24′E
Population1,568 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)7262
Elevation52 m (171 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Dorset Council
State electorate(s)Bass
Federal Division(s)Bass
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
17.5 °C
64 °F
9.0 °C
48 °F
721.8 mm
28.4 in
Localities around Bridport:
Tomahawk
Bellingham Bridport Waterhouse
Golconda Scottsdale

Located on Anderson Bay, Bridport is a holiday location with the population increasing markedly in summer. It has beaches, swimming, sailing and other water sports.

Town facilities include supermarkets, hotel, chemist, baker, butcher, clothing store, golf courses, lawn bowls, sailing club, doctor's surgery, visitor's information centre, caravan park and several levels of accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast, to holiday resort.

History

Bridport Post Office opened on 1 May 1882.[2]

In 2004 a links golf course, Barnbougle Dunes, was established on sand dunes 3 km north-east of Bridport. This was soon ranked in the top 50 courses in the world. A second links course called Lost Farm was built next to Barnbougle Dunes and opened in December 2010. Built to a similar standard, this development established club facilities high on sand dunes for views of the beach and Anderson Bay. A helicopter service began in 2008 transporting people between Launceston and Bridport mainly for golfers who fly into Tasmania to play.

Commercial fishing operates from Bridport as well as sporting fishing from the rocks or small boats.

Streets in the northern half of Bridport have male person names and those in the southern half have female names.

Nearby towns include Scottsdale, Tomahawk and Bellingham.

A ferry operates from Bridport to Lady Barron on Flinders Island, part of the Furneaux Group. A light aircraft service operates from Bridport Aerodrome to Flinders Island.

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bridport (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.


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