Scamander is perhaps the most well known surfing spot on what Tasmanians call their surf coast. Here there are kilometres of long white beaches where the surf rolls in reliably. Accommodation is mainly in self catering holiday houses with some excellent free camping, caravan/cabin parks, motels, a resort at Ironhouse Point (Falmouth) and large hotel at Scamander. You can surf all year round here, the climate is mild even in winter. Scamander, Seymour, Chain of Lagoons, Four Mile Creek, Falmouth, Scamander and Beaumaris are the major hot spots, but surfing is popular all the way south from St Helens Point to Bicheno.
The south coast is the location of Eddistone Rock, Australia's latest big-wave surfing hot spot, having first been surfed as recently as 2008 (like Shipstern Bluff, surfers are towed on to the waves here with jet-skis). Its remote location means it is beyond the reach of all but the most dedicated visiting surfer. Surfers were shown the location by local fisherman, who have known about the legend for many years. Not be confused with the similarly named Eddystone Point off the north-east coast of Tasmania, Eddystone is a tower-shaped rock or small island, 30 m high and 27 km from South East Cape. The island was described by Abel Tasman in 1642 as "a tall, obtuse, square tower". Pedra Branca, a 2.5 ha rock or small island, is 2.2 km to the west.
If you are in Tasmania's south and find Shipsterns Bluff way too daunting and a little hard to get to, there are plenty of other surfing spots in the vicinity. Eaglehawk Neck, the isthmus joining the Forestier and Tasman peninsulas, has exceptional waves when the swell is south-easterly and the wind westerly. Though its western shores are sheltered by the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, BrunyIsland's east and south coasts bear the brunt of Antarctic swells (and water temperatures), and are obvious places to go looking for thew perfect wave. The pick of the island's southern breaks is Cloudy Bay. It's Australia's southernmost surf beach, surf it in a southerly swell and a northerly wind. Bruny Island is accessed via a 15-minute ferry crossing from Kettering, which is 40 minutes' drive south of Hobart.