Bridport is a small town on the north-east coast of Tasmania, Australia. It is part of the Dorset Council and takes its name from Bridport in Dorset, England. At the 2016 census, Bridport had a population of 1,715.[1]

History

Beach at Bridport

Bridport Post Office opened on 1 May 1882.[2]

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.[citation needed]

A second links course called Lost Farm was built next to Barnbougle Dunes and opened in December 2010. Built to a similar standard,[citation needed] this development established club facilities high on sand dunes for views of the beach and Anderson Bay.[citation needed]

Geography

Located on Anderson Bay, Bridport is a holiday location with the population increasing markedly in summer. In summer it is estimated that Bridport has a Summer pouplation of 5,000. It has beaches, swimming, sailing and other water sports. Streets in the northern half of Bridport have male person names and those in the southern half have female names. Nearby towns include Scottsdale, Tomahawk and Bellingham.

Facilities

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. Commercial fishing operates from Bridport as well as sporting fishing from the rocks or small boats.

Transport

A helicopter service began in 2008 transporting people between Launceston and Bridport mainly for golfers who fly into Tasmania to play. A ferry operates from Bridport to Lady Barron on Flinders Island, part of the Furneaux Group. A light aircraft service operates from Bridport Aerodrome to Flinders Island.

Climate

Climate data for Bridport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32.0
(89.6)
31.4
(88.5)
29.0
(84.2)
25.8
(78.4)
21.4
(70.5)
19.0
(66.2)
17.7
(63.9)
18.3
(64.9)
21.5
(70.7)
28.0
(82.4)
27.3
(81.1)
31.7
(89.1)
32.0
(89.6)
Average high °C (°F) 22.0
(71.6)
22.2
(72.0)
21.0
(69.8)
18.3
(64.9)
15.9
(60.6)
14.1
(57.4)
13.4
(56.1)
13.7
(56.7)
14.9
(58.8)
16.5
(61.7)
18.5
(65.3)
20.2
(68.4)
20.2
(68.4)
Average low °C (°F) 13.0
(55.4)
13.1
(55.6)
11.8
(53.2)
9.6
(49.3)
7.9
(46.2)
6.3
(43.3)
5.4
(41.7)
5.6
(42.1)
6.7
(44.1)
7.9
(46.2)
9.9
(49.8)
11.2
(52.2)
9.0
(48.2)
Record low °C (°F) 4.3
(39.7)
4.7
(40.5)
1.0
(33.8)
0.7
(33.3)
0.5
(32.9)
−0.5
(31.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
−1.5
(29.3)
−0.2
(31.6)
0.5
(32.9)
1.0
(33.8)
3.4
(38.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 54.6
(2.15)
31.4
(1.24)
51.4
(2.02)
60.2
(2.37)
69.7
(2.74)
86.7
(3.41)
81.3
(3.20)
89.6
(3.53)
71.7
(2.82)
57.1
(2.25)
52.1
(2.05)
46.6
(1.83)
757.0
(29.80)
Average precipitation days 7.8 6.7 8.9 11.0 14.4 15.3 17.7 17.0 16.1 12.5 10.5 8.8 146.7
Average afternoon relative humidity (%) 61 61 58 64 69 72 71 70 67 64 63 59 65
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Bridport Demographics (TAS) Local Stats". localstats.com.au.
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Climate statistics for Bridport, Tasmania". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 3 May 2022.

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