Turners Beach

Turners Beach is a small town on the north coast of Tasmania. Almost equidistant between the cities of Devonport and Ulverstone, it is at the western mouth into Bass Strait of the Forth River, opposite the village of Leith on its eastern mouth. Its population as at 2016 was 1715 people.[1]

Turners Beach
Turners Beach Store and Post Office
Turners Beach
Coordinates41°9′41″S 146°14′4″E
Population1,715 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Central Coast Council
State electorate(s)Braddon
Federal Division(s)Braddon


A cairn recording the location of the first European settlement of the area in 1840 by James Fenton (1820–1901)[2] is situated 100 metres from Forth Bridge in Turners Beach and was also the site of the pioneer and historian's house.[3]

The Gables an early residential house was built around 1850 and was originally known as The Sailors Return Inn. Although the building only operated as a hotel for a decade (it was delicensed in 1860) it had a short and colourful history. In 1853 it was robbed by the bushrangers Dalton and Kelly (not Ned) who stole the landlord's whale boat and sailed across the Bass Strait to Victoria. They were subsequently caught, brought back to Tasmania and executed in Launceston.[4]

Its post office opened on 15 December 1956.[5]

Turners Beach was originally known as Scott’s Beach, named after the Scott family who operated a flour mill on Claytons Rivulet. .[6]

The township of Turners Beach was developed by and renamed in honour of Harry Vincent Glengyle (Glen) Turner on 21 March 1961 who was on the Ulverstone Council and Town Planning Committee at the time.[7]


There used to be two small supermarkets in the town one each end of the Esplanade. The one at the top of the Esplanade closed and the other is now a café providore.

A service station and takeaway exists on Forth Road.

There used to be two caravan parks to cater for the summer holiday makers. One has since closed and was redeveloped for residential buildings.

For many decades there was a garden nursery operating in Forth Road.

,[8] a Twilight Market featuring local producers and artisans with a community focus is held the last Sunday of every month.

The Beach

The tide goes out a fair distance and at times there was an annual beach sprint on the hard sand. The rolling waves produce a very fine white sand which is less course than that of Ulverstone.

The mouth of the Forth River is at one end of the beach and has been treacherous to surfers. The Forth River used to be plentiful with Cocky Salmon. At the other end of the beach is Claytons Rivulet known to contain platypus, eels and brown trout.



The Turners Beach Football Club compete in the North Western Football Association.


The Turners Beach Cricket Club compete in the Mersey Valley Cricket Association.


Turners Beach Bowls Club have Men's and Women's Pennants as well as social bowls.


Turners Beach Tennis Club is affiliated with Tennis North West.[9]

Community Groups

Cubs and Scouts

The 1st Turners Beach Scouts part of the Leven District Scouting Association operate out of the local hall on the Esplanade.

Volunteer Fire Brigade

The Turner Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade had its base in Turners Avenue and had a siren that could be heard all over town. The base has now been moved to Forth Road.


  1. "Australian Bureau of Statistics - Turners Beach". Australian Bureau of Statistics www.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  2. "James Fenton". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. "James Fenton". www.monumentaustralia.org.au. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  4. "Ulverstone". www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  5. Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  6. Historical Facts. "Turners Beach Local Area Plan 2011" (PDF). www.centralcoast.tas.gov.au. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  7. Tasmanian archives + heritage. "HARRY VINCENT GLENGYLE TURNER". Tasmanian archives + heritage. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  8. http://www.centralcoast.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=702 A Growers and Makers Market at Turners Beach
  9. http://www.tennis.com.au/tennisnorthwest/

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