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Tasmanian Boating Guides

Tamar River Guide

currently out of stock

The Tamar River Guide was officially launched in Launceston by Marine
and Safety Tasmania on the 22nd March 2002.

It is a full colour map which provides a guide to the River and lists support amenities for the recreational boater. It also clearly displays 5 areas where special rules apply for boating so as to avoid dangerous situations, such as speedboats and personal watercraft (PWC) mixing with swimmers.

The guide is a result of public consultation with different recreational user groups, Councils and the general public through to the printing and distribution of the guide.

The guide covers all aspects of recreational boating on the Tamar River, including the classification of areas for designated water-based activities, and reference to land-based facilities such as navigation aids, boat ramps and pontoons.

The Tamar is one of the State’s premier recreational boating assets, and the guide will help ensure that competing interests don’t clash – for example water skiing and PWC use in an area popular with swimmers.

It also provides a very comprehensive guide to support facilities for boaters, as well as invaluable information on such matters as wearing personal flotation devices, River navigation, and protocols for using jetties and pontoons.

The guide is now available at
Service Tasmania shops, major marine dealers and bait and tackle shops around the Tamar.

The guide has also been developed in digital format. This will allow for more regular updates of the guide as changes occur and will also allow for expansion to include other features associated with the River.

To support the guide’s release, new signage, markers and beacons are in the process of being installed at Lagoon Bay, West Arm, Inspection Head, Swan Point and the Tailrace. As mentioned earlier there are special rules for recreational boating in these areas and it is the boater’s responsibility to acquaint themselves with these rules.

The development of the guide followed public consultations in 2000, in conjunction with adjoining Councils, to seek public input into specific River use areas, in an effort to keep competing recreational uses separate.

This guide represents a strategy which takes everyone’s needs into account, and ensures there is no conflict between different types of recreational usage, such as swimming and powered water craft, which may endanger life or detract from the enjoyment of the River.

A guide for the East Coast of Tasmania and South-East Tasmania, encompassing the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Huon River and Tasman Peninsula are also available.