Travelling southwest Tasmania and considering visiting Snug? This guide covers everything you need to know about visiting the town including the best things to do in Snug, recommended Snug accommodation and more.
Located between Hobart and the Huon Valley, Snug is a great jumping-off point for exploring southern Tasmania, especially if you are doing a camping or van trip as there is a well-equipped affordable campground, which you won’t find many of further south.
From Snug it’s a short drive to the Bruny Island ferry, the Huon Valley and the hikes around the southwest. But because Snug is before the mountains, if you stay there, you don’t run the risk of getting stuck if roads are closed.
While Snug is only a very small town, it has everything you need including an IGA for grocery shopping and several places to eat. It also has some natural attractions including Snug Falls and Snug Beach which you can read more about below.
Best Things To Do In Snug
There aren’t a lot of things to do in Snug, it’s hardly a thriving metropolis, but there is some great scenery to explore in the area. Here are the top three attractions in the area.
Snug Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tasmania and it’s located on the outskirts of the town of Snug.
The falls are 25 metres high and are hidden away in the beautiful Tasmania rainforest. You can reach the bottom of the falls on a well-maintained 2km hiking trail that takes about an hour for the return trip. Look out for pink robin on the way.
The falls will look best in winter when rain swells the Snug River but the path can be more slippery at this time of year so be cautious and don’t attempt the hike in poor conditions. If you are visiting Snug in summer, you could have a picnic at the bottom of the falls.
To get to the start of Snug Falls Track, turn onto Snug Tier Road (just before the church if coming from Hobart direction) and drive about 5km until you see the trail signage. There is a small amount of parking available at the trailhead.
The main attraction of Snug is its coastline which stretches from the mouth of the Snug River around the headland to Snug Bay (yes there’s not a lot of imagination with the names around here).
The beach is very calm with minimal surf, making it a good spot for kids and dogs to swim and for sea kayaking. It’s not as beautiful as the East Coast beaches for sure but much more accessible at all times of the year and spectacular at sunset (pictured below). If you don’t have your own kayaks you can hire them from Kettering.
We enjoyed wandering along the beach from the caravan park, crossing the small bridge over the river and up into the trails towards Peggy’s Beach.
More Snug Walks
Hiking, or going for walks, is another of the main things to do in Snug. There are a number of short walks around the town that are easily accessible and make a great alternative for those without the time or fitness for Tasmania’s larger hikes.
The Snug River Track is a 2.5km trail that heads out and back alongside the river, starting near the football oval and turning by the highway.
A somewhat longer option is the Coningham Clifftop Walk which is 3.8km along the headland leading to Snug point. It also goes through the Coningham Nature Recreation Area so it’s a good mix of coast and bush.
You can find trail maps for both these Snug walks on All Trails.
While it’s not actually something to do in Snug, a trip to Bruny Island is a must-do if you are in the area and Snug is a great place to base yourself for a day trip to the island. It’s much cheaper staying in Snug than anywhere on Bruny Island.
I have a whole day trip itinerary for Bruny Island but as a quick summary, there is a lighthouse and lookout with spectacular views, wineries, cider breweries and many delicious food places.
Best Snug Accommodation
While there are no hotels in Snug, there is a decent campground and a few good bed & breakfasts and holiday homes to choose from.
We stayed at the Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park for a couple of nights, and it was one of the cleanest most well-equipped campgrounds we found in Tasmania as well as the cheapest. There is the option of cabins if you don’t have a van or a tent, otherwise there are powered and unpowered sites available. The campground is right by the beach so you can wake up to the sound of waves on the shore.
Snug Views is a holiday home available to rent in full and a great option for families. There is also Snug Falls family-run bed & breakfast or Snug Haus, a beautifully appointed Airbnb.
How To Get To Snug From Hobart
Snug is less 30 minutes’ drive south of Tasmania’s capital city and easily accessible by car on the Southern Outlet Highway or even by bus. It’s one of the few destinations in Tasmania you can get to by public transport, although you’ll still need a car to get to the Falls.
You can catch the 413 bus from the Macquarie Street depot in Hobart and the trip takes around 35 minutes. Tickets cost $6.60 in cash.
You can check prices for hiring a car to get you to Snug and around Tasmania from RentalCars.com.
Frequently asked questions about Snug, Tasmania
Is it worth visiting Snug?
Yes, if you’re not pressed for time on your Tasmania trip this is a great small town to stop off in and you won’t want to miss Snug Falls. However, if you’re on a tight itinerary you could give this one a miss.
How long should I spend in Snug?
One day or a few hours is enough time to see the attractions around Snug, but you could stay longer if using Snug as a base for other Southern Tasmania adventures.
What is the weather like in Snug?
Snug has a relatively mild climate where it is warm enough for water activities in summer hitting the twenties but not totally freezing in winter, with temperatures only very rarely going below 0°C and no snow unlike other parts of Southern Tasmania.
Snug is an easy place to visit on the drive from Hobart south and it’s a convenient place to stay when exploring the local area with more amenities than many of the smaller towns in remote southwestern Tasmania.