Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Suburb Profile
Sandy Bay’s leafy green streets, central location, waterfront mansions and stretch of magnificent river frontage make this neighbourhood one of Hobart’s most sought-after suburbs.
This popular and vibrant suburb boasts something for everyone: from the extensive, luxurious homes with stunning water views to the charming cottages and modest and comfortable apartment blocks. There is no buyer in sight who would not appreciate living in Sandy Bay.
“The exclusive stretch of waterway is lined with tightly held historic mansions with manicured lawns in what is one of the city’s oldest blue-ribbon neighbourhoods.”
Catch up with friends while strolling along the beach and boardwalk or at one of the many trendy coffee shops. The suburb’s shopping strip regularly buzzes with locals and tourists, offering fashionable boutiques, multicultural food stores and dining.
Where is Sandy Bay, Tasmania?
A suburb of Hobart City, Sandy Bay was settled in the early 1800s and is located just a 15-minute stroll southeast of the central business district (CBD). Sandy Bay overlooks an incredible crystalline water view, leaving little wonder why this community has become one of Hobart’s most prestigious suburbs.
Adjoining Sandy Bay is the suburb Battery Point, built in the 1800s and early 1900s and retraining its historical features. Continuing west along the coast and Derwent River towards the City of Hobart, you will reach the famous Salamanca Markets.
Postcode of 7005, Tasmania
Sandy Bay to Hobart: 7 mins drive, 2.9 km
Population of 12,315 in the 2021 Census
Real estate in Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay properties are some of Tasmania’s most expensive real estate. They are in high demand, with many homes situated in Hobart's finest positions.
Settled in the early 1800s, the style of properties built in Sandy Bay varies significantly. You will find Colonial, Federation and Georgian-style houses and mansions surrounded by lush gardens, hedges, and established trees, as well as contemporary, light-filled and newly built or restored large family homes with breathtaking views of the Derwent River.
Many properties are maintained to a high standard and evidently cherished, bringing charm, natural light, excellent street presence, carefully selected features, and historical character for their owners to enjoy.
Homeowners have design and quality in mind for their homes, from choosing well-positioned expansive windows that take advantage of the incredible view to the carefully chosen bathroom tapestry cultivating luxury and allure that will impress even the most discerning buyer.
Offering elegant interiors with unrivalled views across the River Derwent through to the city, down the river and back over the Eastern Shore, these beautiful properties, large-family homes and apartments are highly sought after by those looking to purchase or rent a property in Sandy Bay.
Each property delivers its own unique features, including the exclusive waterside properties that have access to the meandering beaches below, a very endearing feature in a much-loved and tightly held location.
With so much variety in one suburb, you will undoubtedly find the ideal property to transform into your forever home, investment property or next rental home.
If you are in the market for a rental, in the area surrounding the University of Tasmania and throughout Sandy Bay, you will find plenty of houses and units available to move into.
You can contact one of our helpful property managers, administrative staff or view available Sandy Bay rentals here.
Featured Sandy Bay properties sold by Fall Real Estate:
12 Wandeet Place, Sandy Bay, Tas 7005
SOLD - $1.72m
684 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, Tas 7005
SOLD - $1.90m
27 Fehre Court, Sandy Bay, Tas 7005
SOLD - $995k
Transport availability in Sandy Bay
You can travel by bus, taxi, car, bike and by foot from and around Sandy Bay.
Metro provides bus services, which offer a broad range of routes at affordable fares throughout the day. The Metro bus uses the main Sandy Bay Road, Churchill Avenue, York Street and Regent Street for different bus routes. You can download the network map for Hobart South here.
A fun way to explore Sandy Bay and Hobart is on the Red Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, with one of the stops at the Casino and one at the Sandy Bay Village.
“Our red open-top double decker bus tours provide unrivalled views of beautiful Hobart city, including local landmarks such as the River Derwent, Tasman Bridge and kunanyi/Mt Wellington as well as an abundance of colonial architecture and city streetscapes. Choose from a 24 or 48 hour ticket.”
If you work in the City of Hobart, you can join all the energetic bike riders in Sandy Bay by heading to work each morning along the main road or joining a social bike riding club in the area.
Things to do in Sandy Bay
With marinas, walking tracks, an exclusive shopping strip, plenty of parks, cafes and restaurants, and a short walk to Battery Point, you will not be short of things to do when living in this beautiful community.
Sandy Bay is one of the more salubrious areas of Hobart and is home to the first legal casino in Australia, Wrest Point Casino, which opened in 1973. The Wrest Point Casino offers a range of entertainment, restaurants and accommodation.
Sandy Bay’s most famous park adjacent to Long Beach, which receives visitors from all the surrounding suburbs' locals, is Long Beach Reserve - also known as Nutgrove Park or the “boat park’ by locals. This is Sandy Bay’s must-see park, with plenty of equipment for children of all ages and a large BBQ area in a completely enclosed space.
The Hobart Twilight Market, alternating locations between Long Beach Sandy Bay and Brooke Street Pier, provides you and your family plenty to admire and do on a Friday night!
Operating between November and March and from 4:30 PM until 9:00 PM, the Hobart Twilight Market provides “visitors with an authentic experience, the community a central space to connect, and a springboard for the wonderfully diverse, creative and independent businesses that operate in Tasmania.”
To keep in the loop, and to know when and where the next market is taking place, follow their Facebook Page!
One thing you will learn when living in Sandy Bay is the locals’ love for bike riding - Sandy Bay Road is a common riding track for many road bikes. All bike lovers, beginners to experts, are welcome to visit and make a bike stop at the My Ride’s very own café.
Spokes Café is “located at the back of the store and makes a comfortable place to enjoy a coffee after your ride or while you browse the showroom and consider your next cycling purchase”.
Nature and recreation spots in Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay has an abundance of beaches along the foreshore for you to walk, enjoy and ponder life’s big questions! Sandy Bay begins from the west end of the coast with Short Beach, Lords Beach, Red Chapel Beach, Nutgrove Beach, and Long Beach (also known as Sandy Bay Beach).
Long Beach is very popular for picnics, BBQs, boating, sailing and sailboarding. Along the same road, Long Point Road is a sports ground precinct called Sandown Park.
On Marieville Esplanade, you will find a little seaside reserve that inspired Errol Flynn, a famous Hollywood actor, to venture out at sea, leading to his success during Hollywood's Golden Years. While at Errol Flynn Reserve and looking out at the Derwent River, you will enjoy the scenery and view the surplus of boats and yachts near the Sandy Bay Rowing Club. The reserve also includes a fenced playground with a barbeque and picnic huts.
Dining in Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay offers a plentitude of dining options, modern cafes and bakeries.
Just next door to our Sandy Bay Office lives The Duchess Cafe, and we are proud to say we know this delicious cafe and the welcoming staff quite well. Hosting many of our meetings in their sought-after small private meeting room and feeding us quality and tasty meals without fail! It is hard not to recommend this heartwarming and friendly cafe.
There are plenty more cafe options to experience when living in or visiting Sandy Bay. The newest addition to Sandy Bay is the Sisterhood cafe on King Street - join them for a good time as they feed your loved ones.
Further along the coast of the Derwent River, there are more cafes for you to enjoy the local community of Sandy Bay.
If you are craving pastry, you can also find The Sandy Bay Bakery, Daci & Daci Bakers and Cafe and Banjo’s Bakery on the main road in Sandy Bay.
Sandy Bay is known for its multicultural dining and food stores, and for good reason! Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican and Italian are all found within the central hub.
You could dine out every evening of the week and still need to discover more of what Sandy Bay offers its residents and tourists. Some restaurants around the Sandy Bay hub include Devils Kitchen Cafe, gourmet burgers and Korean-style fried chicken; Solo Pizza and Pasta; Europa Greek Taverna; Suminato Japanese Restaurant; and Me Wah Restaurant - just to name a few.
Australia’s first legal casino, Wrest Point Hotel Casino, also calls Sandy Bay home. The famous Tasmanian casino encourages you to make memories you will cherish for years to come at The Point Revolving Restaurant! Also at the casino are the Longhorn Smokehouse, the Boardwalk Cafe, Kwan Ho Restaurant and the Boardwalk Bristo.
The Metz, a trendy restaurant, bar and cafe, promises their customers good food, good booze, good vibes and good times. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner until late for catch-ups with your mates, celebrations, and special occasions!
Shopping in Sandy Bay
An exclusive shopping strip down the main strip of Sandy Bay is home to many vibrant and trendy shops and boutiques. Wandering down from your lavish apartment or parking near the centre, you can stroll along the main street of Sandy Bay and spend a whole day immersing yourself in the local festivities and beautiful shops.
On the main street of Sandy Bay, you will find Yeltour, which has been dressing women since 1971; Grey and Felt, stocking homewares and gifts; Fella Hamilton, a women’s clothing store supporting Australian small businesses; and Coco Shoes, which are more than a shoe shop.
Wesley and Willis is a hidden boutique located just a few houses away from our heritage Fall Real Estate office building. It is an online and boutique store situated at 7 Gregory Street in Sandy Bay.
Once you step inside the cosy store, you will be surrounded by a selection of carefully chosen homewares, gifts, and vintage treasures. We promise that you won't leave empty-handed and will likely end up purchasing an item one or three.
Wesley and Willis will inspire the decor in your Sandy Bay property with well-designed, thoughtful pieces that will bring character to each space of your new home. The staff are warm and kind and enjoy sharing their love of all things stunning, vintage and beautiful!
On Gregory Street, you will also find your local vet, podiatrists, lawyers, dentists, dietitians, a skin care clinic, an eyesight clinic, Nature's Works and our Fall Real Estate character home office.
Off the main street and within the main hub of Sandy Bay, you will find Claudia Jewellers. If you are looking for unique jewellery made and designed in Tasmania, entering Claudia Jewellers will ensure you receive a piece worth treasuring.
“Designing the perfect engagement ring is all about telling your story through a style as unique as your love.”
Sandy Bay has many grocery shopping options, including multiple multicultural food stores that add to the diverse and festive culture. This desirable suburb has both major supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, near the main street of Sandy Bay, as well as Happy Grocery, Scoop Wholefoods, Sunny Mart, Asian Town Asian Grocery and Polar Express Sandy Bay. Further out from the central hub of Sandy Bay are the Hill Street Grocer and Baxter’s IGA.
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Schools in Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay offers a range of public and private schools, including Fahan School, The Hutchins School and Mount Carmel College and Sandy Bay Infant School, Princes Street Primary School, and Waimea Heights Primary School.
It is also home to the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania, offering a huge range of courses - to find all the university has to offer, click here.
The University of Tasmania was voted #1 in Climate Action in 2022, which assessed its research, energy use, and efforts to educate the broader public about taking action. The university uses our whole island as its campus to achieve authentic learning and hands-on experiences.
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