Coast­ing along

Hit the road on Tas­ma­nia’s east coast and en­joy a host of amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences along the way.

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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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- nants of n b 825) and ong his­tor­i­cal ru­ins. re, take a short walk to spec­tac­u­lar Painted Cliffs ssil Cliffs.

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.

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