Port Sorell is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. It is on the waterway of the same name, just off Bass Strait, 20 km east of Devonport and close to Shearwater and Hawley Beach. It borders the Rubicon Estuary, which has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important bird area because of its importance for waders, especially Pied Oystercatchers.The area was named Panatana by local Aborigines. The town was originally a fishing and sealing port named Burgess, however the name was officially changed to Port Sorell, the town could have been a lot larger than it is now, had it not been for bushfires, after which nearby Devonport grew to become a major port.
Port Sorell offers foreshore walks and a floating pontoon for seaside fishing. There are beautiful beaches and sandy dunes to explore, plus low tide walks to Penguin Island and Rabbit Island – once a hideout for bushrangers. Just across the Rubicon River is Narawntapu National Park with Forester kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and Tasmanian devils. At dusk, you can catch sight of little penguins scampering up the beach.