With stunning views, natural wilderness and the freshest seafood in town, the East Coast of Tasmania makes an ideal mid-year winter road trip.
From the Bay of Fires in the north, down to Buckland and Maria Island in the south, the East Coast of Tasmania is one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in Australia. In winter the coastline roars with life,the impolite ocean and unsettled weather creating the perfect dramatic backdrop for cosy indulgences.
The region is easily accessible by car from Hobart or Launceston and the pretty towns dotted along the coast and inland make attractive detours to find a crackling fireplace to curl up with a glass of wine, cheese platter or some of the region’s fresh seafood. Some of the best experiences here can be found via the Great Eastern Drive, which hugs the coast and offers access to wild beaches, cellar doors and spectacular views.
The region makes a stunning winter weekend getaway for both adventurous types and those looking simply to indulge and relax. Choose from a boat cruise around Great Oyster Bay, explore the wine trail, feast on fresh seafood or hike to Wineglass Bay. There’s something here for everyone.
Welcome to East Coast of Tasmania
Take a cheese-tasting detour on the way to St Columba Falls, then follow up with East Coast oysters and wine in the afternoon.
A cellar door with panoramic views of the rugged coastline, and a wine centre on the quiet coast of Bicheno.
Freycinet National Park
There’s plenty to do in this stunning parcel of wilderness on the East Coast, just make sure you’ve enough time to explore it. Book a return trip aqua taxi from Coles Bay to Hazards Beach and walk across to Wineglass Bay. (Tip: purchase your National Parks pass online prior to boarding.) When the aqua taxi returns you, relax with a whisky by the fire at Freycinet Lodge. If you prefer to get up close with the area’s abundant marine life, weave along the coastline on a kayak at twilight with Freycinet Adventures.
St Columba Falls
Drive 10 minutes from Pyengana Dairy, park the car and walk the 600-metre track under rainforest canopies towards the sound of rushing water. There you’ll find St Columba Falls, one of Tasmania’s highest multi-tiered waterfalls. A viewing platform makes an ideal spot to appreciate the waterfall’s full power and force particularly after decent rainfall.
Bicheno Penguin Tour
Each evening from dusk on the shores of Bicheno, hundreds of penguins return from a day of feeding and settle into their burrows. Thanks to two surfing mates, Paul Male and Nic Wardlaw, who established the Bicheno Penguin Tours in the early nineties, you can safely get up close and watch as the birds swim into shore and waddle up the sand. The hour-long penguin tour leaves at dusk from Bicheno. You’ll be driven out to the private beaches and quietly led by one of the guides to carefully spot the cute and fluffy penguins. Take it from us: if you stand still enough, you may even have one walk right under your legs.
Accommodation on the East Coast of Tasmania offers understated luxury along with private and secluded retreats dotted around the peninsula.
A winter road trip by the seaside.
Tasmania’s East Coast is peppered with stunning nature walks, food and wine tasting trails and coastal activities. Indulge in the exceptional fresh seafood and produce of the region, and then take to the water – if you’re brave.
Devil’s Corner Cellar Door
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Devils Corner Cellar Door
Take the drive along the Tasman Highway to Devils Corner Cellar Door for an early lunch – you can’t miss the impressive viewing tower looming over the main building. Warm up with a glass of pinot and a wood-fired pizza.