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View of coast of the township
Southport is located in Tasmania
Location in Tasmania
Coordinates 43°25′50″S 146°58′30″E / 43.43056°S 146.97500°E / -43.43056; 146.97500Coordinates: 43°25′50″S 146°58′30″E / 43.43056°S 146.97500°E / -43.43056; 146.97500
Population 135 (2016 census)
Established 1837
Postcode(s) 7109
LGA(s) Huon Valley Council
State electorate(s) Franklin
Federal Division(s) Franklin

Southport is a small township in far south Tasmania, the most southern township in Australia (Cockle Creek is located further south, but it is not a gazetted town). The town had a population of 135 in 2016. It was settled in 1837 and grew to be the largest town south of Hobart; but a declining shipping industry slowly led to the town's shrinking population, and much of it has been destroyed by fire. Shore-based whaling took place at Southport in the 19th century.

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