Sandy Bay is a suburb of the city of Hobart, located immediately
south of the central business district, and adjoins the suburb of
Battery Point, and has a long frontage to the River Derwent.
Sandy Bay has many large homes, and is known as one of the
city’s prestigious areas. In the more southern areas of Sandy
Bay, close to the water and also high on the slopes of Mt Nelson, are
some of Tasmania’s most expensive real estate. It is also the
site of the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania, and the
private schools, Fahan School, The Hutchins School, and Mount Carmel
College, Sandy Bay. There is considerable diversity within the suburb.
The area surrounding the University of Tasmania is home to considerable
Sandy Bay is accessible from the city via Sandy Bay Road, which runs
from Davey Street in the city all the way to the Kingborough municipal
boundary at Taroona where it becomes the Channel Highway. Before the
construction of the Southern Outlet, the road was the primary route to
and from Kingston. The higher parts of Sandy Bay are accessible via
Regent Street, which bypasses the main shopping district and goes
through the University to Churchill Avenue and Lower Sandy Bay.
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Sandy Bay is bounded on the east by the Derwent River, and has several
beaches along the shore, the main beaches with public access are
Nutgrove Beach and Long Beach. Australia’s first legal casino,
Wrest Point Hotel Casino, was opened in 1973 at the site of the former
Wrest Point Riviera hotel.