Southport, Tasmania

Southport is a small township in far south Tasmania, the most southern township in Australia (Cockle Creek is located further south, but it is not a gazetted town). The town had a population of 135 in 2016.[2] It was settled in 1837 and grew to be the largest town south of Hobart; but a declining shipping industry slowly led to the town’s shrinking population, and much of it has been destroyed by fire.[3] Shore-based whaling took place at Southport in the 19th century.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Southport (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ “Southport (Tas.) State Suburb”. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  3. ^ “Southport”. Far South Tourism. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. ^ Katherine Evans, Shore-based whaling in Tasmania; Historical Research Project, Vol 1, A social and economic history, Parks and Wildlife Service, Hobart, 1993, p.6.