Hawley Beach is a seaside resort town 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the nearest main town (Devonport). At the 2006 census, the town had a population of 596. Nearby is the small town of Port Sorell and locality of Shearwater.
Hawley Beach is known for its minute red sand crabs, hooded plovers and reasonable fishing. 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.