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Bellerive, Tasmania

Coordinates: 42°52′29″S 147°22′4″E / 42.87472°S 147.36778°E / -42.87472; 147.36778
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Bellerive Oval, members pavilion and media area
Bellerive is located in Hobart
Coordinates42°52′29″S 147°22′4″E / 42.87472°S 147.36778°E / -42.87472; 147.36778
Population4,507 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Clarence
Federal division(s)Franklin
Suburbs around Bellerive:
Rosny Rosny Park Mornington
Derwent River Bellerive Howrah
Derwent River Derwent River Derwent River

Bellerive is a suburb of the City of Clarence, part of the greater Hobart area, Tasmania, Australia. It stretches from Kangaroo Bay where it borders Rosny Park, around the curved shoreline of Bellerive Esplanade to Kangaroo Bluff, then down to Bellerive Beach and east to Second Bluff, where Bellerive borders Howrah. To the north Bellerive is bordered by the small foothills of Waverly Flora Park.


Bellerive was first settled in the 1820s, and at that time known as "Kangaroo Point", for the large numbers Kangaroos that would be seen on the shore. Even before this time a ferryman regularly crossed the Derwent, coming ashore in the Bellerive area. Following the first settlers, the area expanded rapidly, with roads to the farming districts of Clarence Plains (Rokeby), Coal River (Richmond) and Hollow Tree (Cambridge) soon developing.

By the 1830s the name was changed to Bellerive (French for "beautiful shore") and the village had become the hub of eastern shore contact with Hobart, and several boats would cross between Bellerive and Sullivans Cove every day.

Early on, farming and slaughterhouses where the main businesses in the area. In 1834 there were four known hotel/inn/taverns: Clarence House (1835–1838), Golden Fleece Inn[2] (1823–1838), Highlander (1835–1861) and the Plough (1835–1866).[3] The Wheat Sheef (1838–1842) opened and closed during this time. The Clarence Hotel, built in 1879, has long been both a local social centre and waiting point for ferry passengers. The Bellerive Hotel existed according to licensing records between 1862–1865 and 1898–1901.

One of the oldest surviving buildings in Bellerive is the Commandant's Cottage. The original Police Station was built in 1842 from local sandstone, much of the original structure still remains intact and contains an original cell. Later cells, made from weatherboards still survive as well. The building has had various usages in it life including municipal council chambers, district library and the CIB headquarters, although it is currently used as a community arts centre. The Bellerive Primary School was also built in 1842.

The St Mark's Chapel, Bellerive an Anglican church was built in 1851 on the former site of the 1826 "Chapel of Ease".

The area around Bellerive Quay and the boardwalk has a quaint village feel, with many historical homes and buildings in the area, some of which date from the early 19th century. The old Bellerive Post Office, which was built in 1897, now houses both the Sound Preservation Museum and the Genealogical Society of Tasmania. At the point of Kangaroo Bluff is the 19th century British fortress known as Kangaroo Battery (built 1885) which is now a public park.

From 2 May 1892 until 30 June 1926 the Bellerive-Sorell Railway had its terminus on a long jetty which extended into the Bay on reclaimed land which now makes up part of the boardwalk.[4][5][6]

The former 300 seat Regent Theatre opened on the corner of Percy Street and Cambridge Road on 5 November 1931.[7] The building doubled as the Bellerive town hall, hosting community activities and events. The theatre closed in the 1960s. It reopened as the Civic Cinema in 1975 with Petersen, which included actor Wendy Hughes in attendance for the premiere.[8] The Civic was closed in 1977 and subsequently demolished in the 1980s for the Bellerive Quay building.[9]

Bellerive is also the eastern port of call for Hobart commuter ferries.


In the 2016 Census, there were 4,507 people in Bellerive. 82.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 4.0%. 89.0% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 36.3%, Anglican 21.7% and Catholic 19.4%.[1]


Bellerive is best known as the home of international cricket ground Bellerive Oval. Is it also a popular sailing area, home to Bellerive Yacht Club (1926) and has a marina located at Bellerive Quay.

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bellerive (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "save the golden fleece inn". Tasmanian Times. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Licenses to keep a Public House". HOBART TOWN GAZETTE 2-October-1834. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  4. ^ Stamford, Frank. "Bellerive – Sorell Railway, October 2004". members.ozemail.com.au. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Sorell Line". www.railtasmania.com. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  6. ^ Rääbus, Carol. "Bellerive and Sorell communities fondly remember 'Idiotic Railway' 90 years on". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Tasmania Brighter Than Mainland: Webb's Impressions (9 December 1931)", Everyones, 12 (615), Everyones Ltd, 9 December 1931, retrieved 29 August 2022
  8. ^ "Entertainment spot ushered in". The Mercury (Hobart). 20 March 1975.
  9. ^ Eastern Shore Sun. Retrieved 29 Aug 2022
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  13. ^ "O'may, George Elwin". O'may, George Elwin.
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