Hit the road on Tasmania’s east coast and enjoy a host of amazing experiences along the way.
TASMANIA’S east coast is home to picture-perfect conservation beaches and endless blue horizons. It’s all about spectacular national parks, and wildlife and marine experiences here.
If you’re enthralled by the Aussie state’s convict history, there’s the Convict Trail that winds from historic Richmond to the Tasman National Park, Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur Historic Site.
For one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal drives, go on the Great Eastern Drive. The journey from Hobart will take you past iconic places like the Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay and award-winning wineries. Other highlights include Barilla Bay and Coal River Farm.
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After Orford, you should head to the Freycinet Peninsula. Enjoy the stunning view across the long curve of Great Oyster Bay that takes in Maria Island, the rugged Freycinet Peninsula, and the remote Schouten Island.
Near Swansea, do look out for Spikey Bridge, built in 1841 by convicts. It’s an unusual structure that abruptly pops out of the landscape. l approac ng wansea s e
te’ y l cr am. ries a sea, o pop into the B ll Tavern and Bakery. i working mill demonstrates how bark from local black wattle trees was once crushed for export across the world. Within a few kilometres of town, sample award-winning cool-climate wines at the cellar doors of wineries such as Spring Vale, Freycinet, Milton, Craigie Knowe, Apsley Gorge, Coombend and more.
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Freycinet National Park is home to white sandy beaches and secluded bays. Choose to climb the trail to the Wineglass Bay Lookout for picture-postcard views or scale the Hazards (mountains) to Hazards Beach itself.
Great drives in the vicinity of the park include Sleepy Bay on the eastern side of the Peninsula, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, Bluestone Bay (4WD only) and Friendly Beaches.
Other ways to enjoy the coastline is to kayak, cruise or go by all-terrain vehicle. You can always explore by foot on a four-day guided walk.
Is that too taxing? Well then, you can relax on the deck of Freycinet Lodge and enjoy the region’s great food and wine.
Next, drive north to Bicheno. Once there, explore the Gulch and the Blowhole or take a ride in a g ass- ottome oat or a o ns
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en uins ar u ty fishing village located on the shores of Georges Bay inlet, and a base for serious game fishing.
The St Helens History Room showcases the region’s tin-mining history and aboriginal and Chinese heritage. From the town, take a 12km detour to Binalong Bay and Humbug Point Reserve, and enjoy its exceptional views, white beaches, swimming, fishing, diving and estuarine bird-watching.
Take time to explore the Bay of Fires Conservation Area, stretching from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point in the north with its brilliant white beaches, emerald-coloured waters, lagoons, wildflowers and lichen-covered granite rocks. Next, continue on to Launceston by joining the North East Trail at St Helens, and driving inland.
Remember, this is just a slice of the delights this state offers.
The Freycinet Peninsula offers some of the most amazing sights in Australia. — Photos: Tourism Australia
Freycinet Marine Farm produces some of Tasmania’s best seafood, including oysters, mussels, scallops, abalone and rocklobster.
A view of Port Arthur’s iconic convict penitentiary, which is one of the attractions on the Convict Trail.