The suburb is bounded by Derwent River to the east, several beaches along the shore and Central business district to the south, and it encompasses large homes, renowned university and private schools.
The estimated population in Sandy Bay as of 2006 census was 11,332 and the postcode of this region is 7005.
Suburbs which are proximity to Sandy Bay are Dynnyrne, Battery Point, Derwent River, Tolmans Hill, Mount Nelson and Taroona.
The suburb experiences the summer and driest climate in the months from January to February with the temperature hover around 18 deg Celsius. The suburb brings some snow during the months between June and August, and the temperature can decrease as low as 4deg Celsius.
Sandy Bay has some lovely and renowned tourist sites such as Mount Wellington, Theatre royal, Queens domain, Angle sea Barracks, Hobart Rivulet, Tasmanian Transport Museum, Hope and Anchor Tavern, Iron Pot, Maritime Museum, Museum of New and Old Art etc.