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Fight for the Bight Paddle Out - Hobart

  • Long Beach, Sandybay Nut grove beach lower sandybay, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia 7000 (map)


Fight for the Bight - Hobart is a Surfrider Foundation Australia and Great Australian Bight Alliance event supported by Wilderness Society, Patagonia and Sea Shepherd.

Almost a decade ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the United States failed, leading to one of the most haunting marine tragedies in living memory. It was an environmental disaster, spewing millions of litres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed Equinor drill in the Bight is twice as deep as Deepwater in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, making it extra risky.

What does an oil rig in South Australia have to do with us in Tasmania? In November, the ABC revealed a leaked internal report, prepared by Equinor, that showed an oil spill in the Bight could reach beyond the southern coastlines of Australia but would also and completely encircle Tasmania.

Equinor is putting coastal communities, fisheries, whales and sea creatures right around our island in danger through experimental oil drilling.

As an island of ocean lovers, we can not let this happen.


On Saturday April 27th we want swimmers, surfers, bodyboarders, stand up paddle boarders and everyone in between to join a paddle out at Long Beach to tell the federal government to reject Equinor’s plans to drill for oil in the Bight. Those who don’t want to go into the water can also participate from the beach.

Bring your friends, family, aunts, uncles, kids, grandparents — anyone who cares about the future of Tasmania's pristine coastline —for a day of good vibes as we peacefully but firmly send a unified message to Equinor and the federal government.

Remember: Safety first — do not enter the water if you are not a confident swimmer. You can be part of the event on the shoreline too!


Meet along the foreshore at Long Beach before we paddle out together.

Earlier Event: April 17
Action Night for the Bight
Later Event: May 5
Hands Across the Sand