About us

Our History

Clifton Beach SLSC was established during the summer of 1963 when surfing, surf life saving and the beach lifestyle was experiencing great popularity.


Clifton is nationally renowned for hosting three very successful Australian Championship Carnivals in 1969, 1976 and 1983 when thousands flocked to Clifton to watch champion surf boat crews and legends like Barry Rogers, Olympians Ken Vidler and Grant Kenny take gold.

Clifton Beach Today

Clifton Beach today is Tasmania's most popular surfing beach with regular board riding, lifesaving events and carnivals held throughout the summer months. Just a quick 30 minutes from Hobart or 20 from the Eastern Shore suburbs,


Clifton today is a big family based club. The club has strong community based support with many community members involved in the club and are part of our 350 members.

With strong nipper, junior, senior and masters sections. In recent years the club has built a great reputation for top ski, board, boat and IRB competitors..

The Environment

Clifton Beach is a two kilometre long beach that nestles between Cape Deslacs to the north and a large headland and cliffs to the south. It faces South East out into Storm and Fredrick Henry Bays which receives constant swells and weather from the Southern Ocean.


This has created a tricky and even dangerous surf/beach environment, where novices and skilled enthusiasts alike can get into trouble when large gutters, rips and surf frequent the beach; but more particularly up the northern end


Water temperatures range from about 8 degrees midwinter to 20 over peak summer.


People have drowned on unpatrolled sections of Clifton in recent years, emphasing the need to 'swim between the flags' where possible.


As the beach becomes more popular the club's rescue resources will be increasingly in demand to the assist with water safety, rescue and recovery tasks.

Charity Status and Donations

Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club is a not-for-profit organisation registered for deductible gift recipients with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. As such all donations or gifts of money or property to the Club of the value of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible with your income in accordance with the Australian Taxation Office rules and regulations.


For more details, see the ATO website at https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Gifts-and-donations/ and consult your accountant as your personal financial circumstances can vary and we specialise in saving lives in the surf, not financial advice.


For queries and assistance in making a donation or gift to the Club, please contact the Treasurer at treasurer@cliftonbeachslsc.com.au. The Treasurer will also gladly issue receipts upon request.