Published on 24th May 2017
by Melinda King

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.

Pyengana Dairy


Award-winning cheddar from happy cows.

Freycinet Marine Farm


Shucked to order, oysters don’t come any fresher.


A cellar door with panoramic views of the rugged coastline, and a wine centre on the quiet coast of Bicheno.



Accommodation on the East Coast of Tasmania offers understated luxury along with private and secluded retreats dotted around the peninsula.

Piermont Retreat


A cosy seaside retreat with sweeping views of Great Oyster Bay.

Saffire Freycinet


A luxurious five-star hotel with fine dining and spa packages.


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.