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Scamander is a coastal town with wide sandy beaches, riverside retreats, nature reserves and fishing hot spots. Located between St Helens and St Marys on the banks of the Scamander River, this seaside spot is popular with locals and visiting leisure-seekers alike.

The town is well-serviced with shops, plenty of accommodation and a surf lifesaving club, yet still has the feel of a classic Tassie holiday shack village.

Scamander Beach is the main attraction, offering all kinds of outdoor fun, from swimming to surfing the local breaks. The river is popular with anglers and has many good fishing spots dotted along its banks.

A popular local attraction is Henderson Lagoon, a hidden gem with clear waters and seven kilometres of well-marked trails. The lagoon forms part of the private Winifred Curtis Scamander Reserve, and is home to hundreds of varieties of native flora and around 80 species of woodland and marshland birds.

The reserve also has scenic spots perfect for a picnic and spectacular displays of wildflowers in season.

Also popular is the Scamander Forest Reserve, located on the banks of the Scamander River. The reserve is a popular camping spot and base for fishing trips, with barbecue facilities for cooking up the day's catch.

Scamander offers a wide range of places to stay including several small motels, Bed and Breakfasts and self-contained accommodation – as well as campsites.

Scamander is 15 km south of St Helens and about a 2-hr drive (180 km) from Launceston.

Local tips

  • Fish for sea bream in the Scamander River
  • Walk at Henderson Lagoon