The History of Shearwater Resort

The History of Shearwater Resort

Originally operating as a motel in the 1960s, Tasmania’s Shearwater Resort has enjoyed a fruitful history, bringing unforgettable holiday memories to visitors from across the globe. Becoming a timeshare resort in the 1980s, Shearwater’s owners continued to expand and modernise the resort facilities to make it what it is today.

Set amongst 30 hectares of landscaped gardens and with a children’s playground, squash and tennis court as well as indoor and outdoor pool and spa facilities, Shearwater Resort is a popular choice for couples and families wanting to explore Tasmania’s North West coast.

Boasting its own private 9-hole Golf Course, the course has played a significant part in the resort’s history, attracting golfing enthusiasts from far and wide. In 2017, Classic Holidays, Shearwater Resort and the Port Sorell Golf Club teamed up to bring the Shearwater Classic to the region, an opportunity to tee off against locals and visitors in one of Tasmania’s most picturesque settings. The friendly tournament will return for its second year from 17-18 June, 2018.

Shearwater is one of Tasmania’s fastest growing areas. Just one hour from Launceston, 3 hours from Hobart, 10 minutes from Devonport airport and 20 minutes from the Spirit of Tasmania dock, accessing the area has never been easier.

Leigh Reid has been the General Manager of Shearwater Resort since April 2016. Following his university studies in Hospitality Management, Leigh has worked in resorts and hotels ever since, opening up a range of opportunities throughout his career across Australia and overseas.

“When I was appointed as General Manager, the resort was still relatively new under the Classic Holidays umbrella,” said Leigh. “I initially focused on the performance of both the Resort and Tavern businesses, then worked with the Board and staff to implement strong systems, policies and procedures to ensure the Resort’s success for the future.”

“Looking ahead, a room refurbishment plan is the next big item on the agenda for Shearwater which will no doubt be welcomed by members and guests who will get to enjoy an updated and refreshed resort experience.”

Port Sorell Beach

From the beach to the mountains, Leigh says it’s the location that makes the resort so special.

“Tasmania is still relatively undiscovered and if its average temperature was a little warmer it would be the most popular place on the planet! The Apple Isle has everything the mainland has except the desert and with close proximity to everything, I like to think we are in the centre of Tasmania.”


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