Shearwater, Tasmania

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Shearwater is located in Tasmania
Coordinates 41°10′S 146°32′E / 41.167°S 146.533°E / -41.167; 146.533Coordinates: 41°10′S 146°32′E / 41.167°S 146.533°E / -41.167; 146.533
Population 688 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7307
LGA(s) Latrobe Council
State electorate(s) Braddon
Federal Division(s) Braddon

Shearwater is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. It lies on the Rubicon Rivulet, just off Bass Strait, 19.6 km east of Devonport. The town of Port Sorell and Hawley Beach neighbour Shearwater. At the 2013 census, Shearwater had a population of 2688.[1] The town grows considerably during the holiday season. It is part of the Municipality of Latrobe.

Shearwater is one of many popular holiday resorts along the north coast of Tasmania. In recent years the population has swelled and become one of the fastest growing areas in the world; mainly due to affordable real estate and large developments in the area, including a shopping centre, the Port Sorell Golf Club, and the Shearwater Country Club resort. 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]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Shearwater (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  2. ^ "IBA: Rubicon Estuary". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 

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