The tiny township of Southport is one of the last stops on the road to Tasmania’s most southerly point and is the gateway to Southport Lagoon Conservation Area.
This peaceful conservation area possesses a wide diversity of significant natural, cultural and recreational values. The reserve has an unusual mix of forest, heath and sedgeland communities and an impressive number of Tasmania’s unique native species.
Southport Lagoon in Tasmania is a large, shallow expanse of water that has a rich maritime history. As you breathe in the fresh salty air, imagine the 1792 expeditioners who collected, described and named a large proportion of Australian native flora for the first time – from this very site.
The reserve is home to rich and varied birdlife, as well as an endemic burrowing crayfish and a rare endemic seastar.
Visitors can engage in a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, camping, bird watching and bushwalking, as well as some of the most pleasant kayaking in Tasmania.