Kingborough Beach Watch

Recreational Water

The quality of our beaches is a priority.  Council runs a range of sampling programs across Kingborough to test the water quality at our beaches.

We have the most recreational swimming sampling sites of any local government area in Tasmania.  There are three main programs over the summer period, which have been running for over 20 years.

1. Derwent Estuary Program

  • Weekly samples taken from December to March as part of the Derwent Estuary Program.
  • The Program covers Taroona, Hinsby, Kingston Beach and Blackmans Bay beaches.
  • We have introduced a third site for sampling at Blackmans Bay in the northern section as part of our focus on improving water quality.
  • Results are published on the Derwent Estuary Program website (external link).
  • Blackmans Bay Beach (south) has a long term rating of ‘poor’.
  • Visit our Improving Water Quality page for more information on what we are doing at Blackmans Bay and Kingston Beach to improve our beaches.

2. Channel Program

  • Monthly sampling from December to March for the Channel beaches.
  • There is no history of poor water quality or identified issues at any of the beaches.

3. Bruny Island Program

  • Sampled once every two months from December to March.
  • There is no history of poor water quality or identified issues at any of the beaches.

Stormwater Outfalls

We have been testing the below stormwater outfalls each week since November 2018:

  • Illawarra Road outfall (Blackmans Bay)
  • Blackmans Bay Mid outfall (Blackmans Bay)
  • Flowerpot Crescent outfall (Blackmans Bay)
  • Blowhole outfall (Blackmans Bay)
  • Yacht Club outfall (Kingston)
  • Ewing Avenue outfall (Kingston)

The results were used to prioritise the first two low-flow diversions and to see where there may be issues further up the catchment.  Council has a dedicated Stormwater Investigations Officer who is focusing on stormwater impacts on recreational water, particularly at Kingston and Blackmans Bay beaches.

Maps of sample sites

More information

If you would like more information, please contact our Environmental Health Officers on 6211 8200.