Located on Anderson Bay, Bridport is a holiday location with the population increasing markedly in summer. It has beaches, swimming, sailing and other water sports.
Town facilities include supermarkets, hotel, chemist, baker, butcher, clothing store, golf courses, lawn bowls, sailing club, doctor's surgery, visitor's information centre, caravan park and several levels of accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast, to holiday resort.
Bridport Post Office opened on 1 May 1882.
In 2004 a links golf course, Barnbougle Dunes, was established on sand dunes 3 km north-east of Bridport. This was soon ranked in the top 50 courses in the world. A second links course called Lost Farm was built next to Barnbougle Dunes and opened in December 2010. Built to a similar standard, this development established club facilities high on sand dunes for views of the beach and Anderson Bay. A helicopter service began in 2008 transporting people between Launceston and Bridport mainly for golfers who fly into Tasmania to play.
Commercial fishing operates from Bridport as well as sporting fishing from the rocks or small boats.
Streets in the northern half of Bridport have male person names and those in the southern half have female names.