Sink your teeth into Tassie treats

The Western Star - - TRAVEL -

Great East­ern Drive, Tas­ma­nia

A HEARTY ap­petite is re­quired be­fore set­ting off on Tas­ma­nia’s lauded Great East­ern Drive.

Pair­ing awe-in­duc­ing scenery with yummy, lo­cal foodie fare, this 300km coastal stretch of tar­mac ticks plenty of boxes.

Be­gin­ning in Ho­bart, the road veers north through spec­tac­u­lar na­tional parks and “pinch your­self” coast­line, then fin­ishes in the re­mark­able Bay of Fires. The jour­ney hits three na­tional parks (Maria Is­land, Douglas Ap­s­ley and Fr­eycinet), each packed with fan­tas­tic walk­ing tracks.

Fr­eycinet is also home to one of the best-known beaches in the state, Wine­glass Bay, a strip of sand that is reg­u­larly ranked as one of the most beau­ti­ful beaches in the world.

Eas­ily ex­plored with Wine­glass Bay Cruises, you can ditch the car for half a day of sight­see­ing among sheer gran­ite cliffs, sea caves and abun­dant wildlife, in­clud­ing sea birds, pen­guins and dol­phins.

Check into one of the new eco coastal pavil­ions open­ing this month at the nearby Fr­eycinet Lodge, which boast out­door baths for soak­ing up the sur­round­ing view. The in­house res­tau­rant and bar are also the per­fect place to sam­ple lo­cal cui­sine and the re­gion’s cool cli­mate wines, ar­ti­san beers and whiskies.

Speak­ing of food, this drive is a gour­mand’s dream. Whet your ap­petite at the award­win­ning Mil­ton Vine­yard, where you can get a slice of France in Tassie thanks to Bordeaux-trained chef Sophie Ber­mudes.



Red rocks at the Bay of Fires, Tas­ma­nia.

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