Bike Friendly Accredited

The Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP) Bike Friendly Business Accreditation is for operators who want to truly become a cycle friendly business. We have recently been successful in obtaining our accreditation and welcome all cyclists to consider Sails on Port Sorell for your accommodation requirements while enjoying the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trails and other great bike tracks around North West Tassie.


Mining and Minerals

Did you know….

Tasmania’s mining and mineral industry employs over 3,000 people directly and generates another 10,000 indirect jobs.

  • Exported commodities include ores and concentrates of iron, copper, lead, zinc, tin, gold, high-grade silica, bauxite and tungsten, as well as refined zinc and aluminium and ferro-alloys and cement. Tasmania is the major supplier of ferro-manganese to the Australian steel industry.

  •  The in-ground value of discovered minerals has been estimated to be over $31,000 million.

Tassie Seafood

Facts and figures

  • Tasmania is the only State capable of supplying ocean trout 12 months of the year.

  • About 4 million oysters are harvested every year, generating income of more than $24 million.

  • Scientists in Tasmania have developed superior Pacific oysters that grow faster and look and taste better.

  • Tasmanian oysters can be improved through genetic selection because they are farmed in a closed system. In most other parts of the world stocks are recruited from the wild, so genetic control is impossible.

  • Australia’s biggest mussel producer, Spring Bay Seafood near Triabunna, has achieved Friend of the Sea certification – an international badge of environmental sustainability.

  • Quota units in the abalone fishery are owned by numerous operators and investors. To fish for abalone you must have one of the 125 abalone dive entitlements.

  • Two abalone species are harvested in Tasmania: blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra); and greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata).

  • Tasmania’s use of high resolution GPS and depth data in assessing abalone resources is a world first.

  • The vast majority of the Tasmanian abalone catch is exported live to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan.

  • Tassal, the State's largest salmon farmer, was ranked world No 1 by in 2016 for sustainability reporting and transparency.

About our wildlife...


The ancient super-continent, Gondwana, lives on in contemporary Tasmania. Giant cave spiders, tiny galaxias fish and such plants as man-ferns and nothofagus can be linked back to the landmass that started to break into pieces about 360 million years ago. One of the pieces, Tasmania, is a last refuge of several mammals that once roamed the Australian continent. It is the only place to see a Tasmanian devil in the wild and it is the best place to see the eastern quoll (native cat) and the spotted-tail quoll (tiger cat). Small marsupials, like the bettong and the barred bandicoot, have been lost to most of continental Australia but are common in parts of Tasmania. The contemporary wildlife story includes struggles to save such endangered species as the Tasmanian devil, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, the orange-bellied parrot and the swift parrot.

Our own Narawntapu National Park just 30 minutes from Sails on Port Sorell Boutique Apartments boasts abundant wildlife in a beautiful easy accessiable coastal haven.

The Tasmanian devil and other native species can be seen in wildlife parks including Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Zoodoo Wildlife ParkTasmanian Devil UnzooWings Wildlife Park, Tasmania Zoo, Trowunna Wildlife Park and East Coast Natureworld.

Facts & Figures about our Island State..

  • Tasmania has more than 2,000 km (1,250 miles) of walking tracks and 18 national parks.

  • The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers 1.48 million hectares. When national and State parks and other reserves are considered, nearly half of the State is set aside for conservation.

  • When the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opened in 2011 it attracted 400,000 visitors in its first year.

  • Hobart has the second-lowest rainfall (626 mm or 24 inches) of all Australian capital cities.

  • The average summer temperature is a comfortable 21°C (70°F). Winter’s average is 12°C (52°F).

  • The Three Capes Track on the Tasman Peninsula exceeded projections with 9,000 bookings in its first nine months after opening in late 2015. The track had been named before it opened as one of the world’s hottest new travel experiences by travel bible Lonely Planet.

  • Salamanca Place, Hobart, is home to one of the world’s most picturesque markets. Every Saturday, tourists and locals mingle as they browse through a huge variety of stalls beneath the magnificence of kunanyi / Mount Wellington.

  • Two drive-on, drive-off ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II, provide daily services each way between Devonport (Tasmania) and Melbourne (Victoria).

  • There are more than 500 airline flights per week in and out of the State.

  • In the 2015 tourist season, a total of 57 cruise ships brought an estimated 162,000 passengers and crew to the Tasmanian ports of Hobart, Burnie, Port Arthur and Coles Bay, as well as Wineglass Bay.

Taste the Local


On March 4, 2019, Cradle Coast Tourism will launch its "Taste the Local" marketing campaign, which celebrates the many food and beverage experiences across the Cradle Coast. The campaign consists of photos, videos and editorial pieces that will be promoted through social media advertisements to Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney as well as through organic content. The campaign focuses on teaching people how they can be a local: experiencing markets and restaurants, and also how to meet the local: through interactive experiences and authentic engagements with producers.

The campaign aims to celebrate the Cradle Coast's point of difference: a laid back lifestyle with access to some of the state's finest food and beverage.

Marketing material will be delivered throughout the campaign, which runs from March through to May. In addition to digital online advertisements, a partnership between Share Plate, the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail and Cradle Coast Tourism has allowed for a feature in the latest Share Plate printed magazine, as well through their social media platforms.


Just a refresher about our little seaside town of Port Sorell :

Location to major cities:

  • 254 km (158 mi) N of Hobart
  • 79 km (49 mi) NW of Launceston, Tasmania
  • 20 km (12 mi) E of  Devonport the home of "The Spirit of Tasmania".
  • Daily flights available to both Devonport and Launceston airports.

 Port Sorell is a town on the north-west coast of TasmaniaAustralia. It is on the waterway of the same name, just off Bass Strait, 20 km east of Devonport and close to Shearwater and Hawley Beach. It borders the Rubicon Estuary, which has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because of its importance for waders, especially pied oystercatchers.[2]


The area was named Panatana by local Aborigines. The town was originally a fishing and sealing port named Burgess, however the name was officially changed to Port Sorell (after Governor Sorell) in 1822. The town could have been a lot larger than it is now, had it not been for bushfires, after which nearby Devonport grew to become a major port. At the 2016 census, Port Sorell had a population of 2,022.[1] Today Port Sorell is one of many popular holiday spots along the north coast of Tasmania.


Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Winter is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the delights of the Cradle to Coast tasting trail. The local producers include a diverse range of unique cellar door wineries, fresh seafoods, berries, award winning cheeses, craft beers, olive oils, ciders, chocolates, single malt whisky, honey all within a picturesque two hour drive from Sails on Port Sorell Boutique apartments. Make Sails on Port Sorell your holiday central to explore this beautiful region and sample the exquisite local produce on offer.

Check out then book your accommodation on our website.


New owners feedback

After almost two months as the owner/operators of Sails on Port Sorell Boutique Apartments Kevin & Mandy are pleased to report that they are enjoying a beautiful summer in Port Sorell. We have been particularly thrilled with the positive feedback of our guests and the opportunity to meet so many interesting people from both Australia and overseas. Exploring this spectacular North West region of Tassie in our spare time is an absolute delight.

Port Sorell, Shearwater and Hawley Beach

Shearwater and Hawley Beach are part of the beachside suburb of Port Sorell. Shearwater Village is the local shopping centre in the heart of Port Sorell. Here you will find the local IGA supermarket, several takeaway food outlets, bakery, coffee shop, news and lotto agency, the Shearwater Tavern with The Dunes restaurant. Good Food, Shops and self contained accommodation make Port Sorell the perfect place for a beach side holiday.

 Click here to get more information about Port Sorell!

Winter Beach Days at Port Sorell (near Devonport)

Sails on Port Sorell Self Contained Apartments near Devonport is only  5 houses from Freers Beach. Why not book a room and take relaxed winter beach stroll?



Penguin Island - you can walk to it at low tide.


Looking towards Shearwater and Hawley. 

Looking towards Shearwater and Hawley. 


Sails on Port Sorell: Featuring The Oyster Studio - self contained accommodation near Devonport

Perfect accommodation for travellers on business or tourists holidaying in Tasmania.  15 - 20 mins from the Spirit of Tasmania and Devonport Airport DPO. Only 5 houses from the beach. 2 mins to Shearwater Village & 5 mins to Hawley Beach.


Oyster Self Contained Studio Port Sorell - Devonport

The Oyster Self Contained Studio 

15 - 20 Minutes from the Spirit of Tasmania or the Devonport Airport

After a brief drive from the Spirit of Tasmania or the Devonport Airport the frog on the front deck near our reception will be waiting to greet you!



Welcome to Sails on Port Sorell

Featuring the Pier Self Contained Apartment at Sails on Port Sorell

Comfortable accommodation in Port Sorell, not far from the Devonport Airport and Spirit of Tamania terminal. Five house from the beach and perfect for day trips across Northwest Tasmania and beyond.

Pier Bedroom looking into the self contained Kitchenette area.

Sails on Port Sorell Self Contained Boutique Apartments are now on Instagram!

Follow us on Instagram at sailsonportorell If you have any photos of:

  • Port Sorell, Shearwater and Hawley Beach
  • Northwest Tasmania and Coast
  • Cradle Country (Devonport, Latrobe, Port Sorell, Sheffield, Cradle Mountain etc.)
  • Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

If you tag them with #sailsonportsorell they can show up in our website instagram newsfeed or let us know you've posted a picture of Port Sorell and surrounds by tagging it with @sailsonportsorell

Port Sorell Boat Ramp with Narawntapu National Park in the background

Port Sorell Boat Ramp with Narawntapu National Park in the background

Travel to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania

Have you read the blog about travelling to Devonport, Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania? Well worth a read.

Sails on Port Sorell self contained, boutique accommodation is only a 15 minute drive from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal in Devonport and the perfect place to base yourself to explore the NW/NE of Tassie. Don’t go South before you take in the beauty and delights of the North.

Spirit of Tasmania Devonport Tasmania

Sails on Port Sorell - your holiday home away from home near Devonport

Stay with us when you fly into Devonport airport or arrive on the Spirit of Tasmania. Day trip to visit nearby National Parks, Cradle Mountain and experience Tasmania's wilderness and wild life.


Blue Tongue Lizard