Geilston Bay, Tasmania

Geilston Bay is a suburb of Hobart between Risdon Vale, Shag Bay, and Lindisfarne, in the City of Clarence located on the Eastern Shore of the Derwent River.

Geilston Bay
Hobart, Tasmania
View from Mount Wellington
Geilston Bay
Coordinates42°50′11″S 147°21′4″E
Population3,050 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Clarence
Federal Division(s)Franklin
Suburbs around Geilston Bay:
Risdon Risdon Vale Risdon Vale
Derwent River Geilston Bay
Derwent River Lindisfarne Flagstaff Gully

Aboriginal History

An Aboriginal Site is located on a short walk[2] to Shag Bay.


The inlet of Geilston Bay was named after Colonel Andrew Geils who was appointed Commander[3] of the settlement of Hobart in 1812, upon the death of David Collins.

Colonel Geils lived on property in Geilston Bay which he called "Geilston Park". As well as being the home for the Commander, the suburb once had a large apple orchard, and at another time a golf course.

Local Boat owners moor their yachts in the bay and frequent the Geilston Bay Boat Club which organise races, operates two slipways and a five berth jetty and has a function room and bar facilities. The River Derwent was the site of the first regatta in 1827 in Australia.[4]


Lindisfarne North Primary school relocated in 2015 to the former Geilston Bay High School has Students (FTE) of 277.8 (as at 20 February 2015). A private Christian School (Kinder to year 12) also operates in the suburb.

Local Business

There is a local corner takeaway shop and general store, a butcher, a florist and pizza restaurant. As Lindisfarne is so close, citizens shop there as well as this suburb has a Woolworths (supermarket).

The Clarence lifestyle retirement village is also located within the suburb.

Sport and Recreation

Many people exercise and walk[5] their dogs on Natone Hill Bush reserve and on the walk[2] to Shag Bay. The Geilston Bay tennis courts has six (6) premium synthetic-grass courts securely enclosed and located in a gorgeous, protected setting. Nearby is a Skate park.[6] Geilston Bay has many sporting ovals operated by the City of Clarence and Lindisfarne North Primary School. The OHA Football Club competes in the Old Scholars Football Association during winter. The Montagu Bay Cricket Club competes in the Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association during the summer.

In the past 30 years, the suburb has become more urbanised as property developments take place, with the resulting loss of surrounding bushland and extending the suburb towards Risdon Vale.

Notable people

Colonel Andrew Geils - Governor of Tasmania 1812

Cheryl Margaret WILSON (OAM 2004), Geilston Bay, Tasmania, for service to the Guiding movement in Tasmania, and to junior athletics.[7]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Geilston Bay (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  2. "Shag Bay Heritage Walk". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  3. "Bibliography of Andrew Geils". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  4. Cameron, Angus, ed. (1986). "Part One: Capital City Chronologies". The Second Australian Almanac: An 800-page Databank Crammed with Essential Information for Every Australian. North Ryde, NSW: Angus & Robertson. pp. 5, 88. ISBN 0-207-15232-2.
  5. "Natone Hill Circuit Walk". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  6. "Geilston Bay Skate Park". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  7. "Honours list, part III 2004". Retrieved 13 March 2016.
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