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Geilston Bay
View from Mount Wellington
Population 3,183 ((2011 Census) includes pop. Risdon)
Postcode(s) 7015
LGA(s) City of Clarence
Federal Division(s) Franklin
Suburbs around Geilston Bay:
Risdon Risdon Vale Risdon Vale
Derwent River Geilston Bay
Derwent River Lindisfarne Flagstaff Gully

Geilston Bay is a small suburb of Hobart near Lindisfarne, in the City of Clarence located on the Eastern Shore of the Derwent River. It is a nature-rich suburb with houses built right next to bushland.

Aboriginal History

An Aboriginal Site is located on a short walk to Shag Bay.


The inlet of Geilston Bay was named after Colonel Andrew Geils who was appointed Commander of the settlement of Hobart in 1812, upon the death of David Collins.

Colonel Geils lived on property in Geilston Bay which he called "Geilston Park". As well as being the home for the Commander, the suburb once had a large apple orchard, and at another time a golf course.

Local Boat owners moor their yachts in the bay and frequent the Geilston Bay Boat Club which organise races, operates two slipways and a five berth jetty and has a function room and bar facilities. The River Derwent was the site of the first regatta in 1827 in Australia.

Sport and Recreation

Many people exercise and walk their dogs on Natone Hill Bush reserve and on the walk to Shag Bay. Pilchers Hill is another favoured spot for dog walking and includes many tracks for mountain biking. The Geilston Bay tennis courts has six (6) premium synthetic-grass courts securely enclosed and located in a gorgeous, protected setting. Nearby is a Skate park. Geilston Bay has many sporting ovals operated by the City of Clarence and Lindisfarne North Primary School. The OHA Football Club competes in the Old Scholars Football Association during winter. The Montagu Bay Cricket Club competes in the Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association during the summer.

In the past 30 years, the suburb has become more urbanised as property developments take place, with the resulting loss of surrounding bushland and extending the suburb towards Risdon Vale.

Notable People

Colonel Andrew Geils - Governor of Tasmania 1812

Cheryl Margaret WILSON (OAM 2004), Geilston Bay, Tasmania, for service to the Guiding movement in Tasmania, and to junior athletics.

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