ELLE (Australia) - - Travel - @dion­ag­ius

As kids, we ran wild – rid­ing mo­tor­bikes, horses and what­ever else we could get our hands on. Now it’s about soli­tude. Tas­ma­nia’s east coast is such an amaz­ing place to go to slow down. Sim­ple stuff like sit­ting by the fire in win­ter with a glass of wine, read­ing a book with no dis­trac­tions – time moves in slow mo­tion here. There are lots of beau­ti­ful beaches and se­cret spots you can eas­ily find if you get a bit ad­ven­tur­ous. The scenery blows me away ev­ery day. And the peo­ple in Tas­ma­nia are some of the nicest and friendli­est you’ll ever meet, so don’t be scared to ask a lo­cal for hot tips. DION’S PICKS

COF­FEE: Cof­fee Away in St He­lens. BRUNCH: The green eggs at The Lifebuoy Cafe & Quail Street Em­po­rium in St He­lens are the best, or Room For A Pony in Ho­bart for eggs bene­dict. room­forapony.com.au

LONG LUNCH: Oys­ter Buoy Wine And Seafood Shed in St He­lens has amaz­ing seafood and an awe­some pa­tio over­look­ing the bay.

CUL­TURE HIT: The Mu­seum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Ho­bart. I usu­ally leave ex­hausted but brim­ming with cre­ative en­ergy. mona.net.au

LIVE MU­SIC: The Odeon The­atre in Ho­bart gets some great acts. And the live mu­sic scene is amaz­ing dur­ing Dark Mofo or MONA’S Foma.

AF­TER­NOON TIP­PLE: A pinot noir at the Devil’s Cor­ner Cel­lar Door in Ap­slawn is hard to beat. Ban­gor Wine & Oys­ter Shed in Du­nal­ley is amaz­ing, too. brown­broth­ers.com.au; ban­gor­shed.com.au

SWIM: Bay Of Fires, Fr­eycinet beaches and the river at Halls Falls.

HIKE: Maria Is­land is beau­ti­ful – there are no cars so hik­ing is a must. Fr­eycinet Cir­cuit has in­cred­i­ble scenery as you hike around the Hazards moun­tain range.

FARMERS’ MAR­KETS: Farm Gate Mar­ket in Ho­bart and the Satur­day mar­kets at Sala­manca. far­m­gatemar­ket.com.au; sala­manca.com.au

BOOKS: Ho­bart Book Shop has a nice range of Tas­ma­nian themed read­ing. ho­bart­book­shop.com.au

DAY TRIP: The Great East­ern Drive takes you through so many amaz­ing spots. Lis­ten­ing to Nick Drake goes nicely with the scenery.

SPE­CIAL FINDS: John Houn­slowrobin­son is a Da­m­as­cus steel knife­maker who forges in­cred­i­ble knives. David Hamil­ton makes beau­ti­ful sil­ver jew­ellery us­ing a lost wax tech­nique. And my mum, [artist] Kerry Agius, has a lit­tle stu­dio and store in Sca­man­der. the­cut­lers­gal­ley.com ]

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