Tasmanian Coastal Weather Station Details

When using wind data, it is important to remember most coastal stations are located on land so wind speeds may be unrepresentative of the actual wind conditions further out to sea. The reasons for this include:

  • the decrease in wind speed over the land due to the generally rougher land surface.
  • the effects of local topography, especially funnelling near and around headlands.
  • the effects of inshore sea and land breezes.

Some stations are a good distance away from the coast but have been included as they provide some helpful information in areas where there are no other weather stations.
Note: Values for the distance in kilometres from the coast have been rounded up to one decimal place. Values of less than 0.2 km (200 metres) are identified as 'on the coast'.

Station name Metres above sea level Kilometres from coast Site of anemometer
FAR NORTHWEST COAST
King Island 36.2 m 3 km Airport
Marrawah 107.3 m 1.5 km Flat - level
Cape Grim 94.0 m On the coast Cliff top
Smithton 7.5 m 1 km Airport
CENTRAL NORTH COAST
Wynyard 12.0 m 1.9 km Airport
Burnie 8.0 m On the coast Gentle slope
Devonport Airport 9.0 m 1 km Airport
Low Head 3.0 m On the coast Coastline undulating ground
Bridport 52.0 m 0.5 km Wind estimated
Flinders Island 9.0 m 0.2 km Airport
Hogan Island 116.0 m On the coast Flat - island top
BANKS STRAIT
Swan Island 15.0 m 0.4 km Coastline undulating ground
EAST of FLINDERS ISLAND
Eddystone Point 15.0 m 0.4 km Coastline undulating ground
UPPER EAST COAST
St Helens 48.0 m 0.5 km Airport
Scamander 3.0 m On the coast Gentle slope
Bicheno 11.0 m On the coast Flat - level
Friendly Beaches 55.0 m 0.3 km Flat - coastal scrub
LOWER EAST COAST
Swansea 10.5 m On the coast Roof top - urban surrounds
Orford 15.0 m 0.2 km Flat - urban surrounds
Maria Island 28.0 m 0.3 km Flat
SOUTHEAST COAST
Tasman Island 240.0 m 0.35 km Flat - cliff top
Hobart 50.5 m 0.6 km Gentle slope
Hobart Airport 4.0 m 1 km Airport
Bull Bay 46.0 m 0.3 km Gentle slope
Cape Bruny 59.7 m 0.4 km Coastline - undulating ground
Dover 10.0 m 0.3 km Airport (disused)
SOUTH WEST COAST
Maatsuyker Island 146.5 m 0.2 km Flat - cliff top
CENTRAL WEST COAST
Low Rocky Point 34.0 m 0.5 km Coastline - undulating ground
Cape Sorell 19.3 m On the coast Coastline - undulating ground
Strahan 20.0 m 1 km Airport