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Natural delights and abundant highlights – your cheat sheet to the East Coast, TAS

Pack your camera - the Hazards Mountain Range makes for some great photos.

Underrated. That word sums up the East Coast region of Tasmania.

Here you’ll find some of the best natural attractions on the planet, sample the tastiest, freshest food, and encounter attractions you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. And…chances are you’ll do it all minus the crowds.

Want to get the know this region speed-dating style? Then read on for your cheat sheet to a pristine patch of Tassie.

 

I’m all about the great outdoors. Where should I go?

Straight to Freycinet National Park, just minutes from Coles Bay. It’s jam-packed with gob-smacking treasure, including secluded beaches like renowned Wineglass Bay and Honeymoon Bay. Mix this with epic mountains, towering boulders, enchanting wildlife, and coastal views stretching as far as the eye can see.

Lap it all up on various walking trails. The path to the Wineglass Bay lookout rewards with jaw-dropping panoramas while the short stroll to Cape Tourville affords equally stunning scenery.

Get a sneak peek of the Freycinet area with this great video from the team at BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

Freycinet National Park is packed with stunning beaches, including Wineglass Bay.

Credit: Tourism Australia & Hugh Stewart

I’m not done – where can I continue the nature trail?

Douglas-Apsley National Park, just north of Bicheno, is crammed with gems. This includes waterfalls, gorges, dolerite-capped plateaus, and much more.

A bit further north is Evercreech Forest Reserve, home to the tallest white gums on the planet, growing to 91m in height.

Don't miss the gems of Douglas-Apsley National Park, including waterfalls.

Where can I find the best photo ops?

The East Coast is among the best places for photographers in Australia. It’s all to do with the orange lichen-covered coastal rocks that dominate the landscape and make for exceptional photo ops.

The Bay of Fires near St Helens is most famous for this colourful spectacle. Extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, the Bay of Fires teems with colourful granite boulders and dazzling white sand beaches.

Capturing the Hazards mountain range – the gateway to Freycinet National Park – from Coles Bay makes for another memorable snap, particularly as it provides the chance to include some of those colourful rocks in the frame.

Another prized attraction for photographers of all grades is Bicheno Blowhole. Mother Nature puts on a free show as water spouts to great heights, and all just a stone’s throw from the town centre.

Or set the lens towards St Columba Falls, inland from St Helens, which is among the state’s highest waterfalls.

Bicheno Blowhole, where water spouts to great heights, is another fantastic photo op.

What about something with a touch of quirk?

Stop by Spiky Bridge, a peculiar convict-built creation constructed from field stones that makes for yet another memorable photo. It’s located a few kilometres south of Swansea

The peculiar Spiky Bridge is well worth a visit if you're looking for a more quirky attraction.

Any nice beaches?

Absolutely. We’ve already mentioned Honeymoon and Wineglass bays, as well as Binalong Bay, but also check out these inviting stretches of sand.

Waubs Bay Beach, Bicheno: A white wonder that’s home to organised social swims each morning.

Muirs Beach, Coles Bay: A sweeping stretch of sand just a hop, skip, and a jump from BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park.

Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park: Highly regarded for fishing, surfing, and scenic walks.

Head down to Waubs Bay Beach for a social swim in the morning.

I’m keen to soak up the past. What do you suggest?

Get yourself over to magnificent Maria Island for the day. Accessible by ferry from Triabunna, it’s a former penal settlement with ruins that make for fascinating exploration. It’s also chockers with natural treasure, best viewed along a walking or mountain-biking trail. 

A day trip to Maria Island makes for some fascinating exploration.

What’s the best family-friendly attraction?

With a diverse collection of native animals, birds, and reptiles in sprawling surrounds, East Coast Natureworld at Bicheno should be high on the itinerary. While here, don’t miss the chance to view and learn all about Tasmanian devils. 

Spot a range of native wildlife at East Coast Natureworld - the kids will love it!

What if it’s raining?

Petrol heads should steer themselves towards Bicheno Motorcycle Museum & Restorations, which has a superb collection of vintage motorbikes and accessories to admire.

St Helens Visitor Centre & History Room is a little gem, offering hundreds of artifacts that trace various stages of St Helens’ settlement.

Or check out the diverse works of talented artists at Waubs Bay Gallery in Bicheno and be introduced to a world of colours that combats the grey skies.

 

What’s the local seafood like?

If you like seafood, you’ll love the East Coast. And there is ample opportunity to indulge, with highlights including:

Freycinet Marine Farm, Coles Bay: Sample fresh oysters, mussels, scallops, salmon, and more from a deck setting. Or take your goodies away.

Blue Shed Restaurant, St Helens: Seafood delivered straight from the boat to your plate (via the kitchen, of course).

Tasmanian Coastal Seafoods, Bicheno: Feast on famous, fabulous fish and chips.

Take an inspiring tour of the area with the East Coast Regional Tourism Organisation

Indulge in some fresh seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm in Coles Bay.

Where else can I indulge the taste buds?

Head inland to Pyengana. It’s home to Pyengana Dairy Company where you can enjoy a selection of tasty cheeses as well as watch cheese being made.

Just down the road is the iconic Pub in the Paddock with its beer-swilling pig, hearty food, and friendly locals.

Or feast on goodies galore while soaking up equally delicious views at Kate’s Berry Farm in Swansea.

 

I’ve heard the fishing is great in these parts?

Your info is spot on. And among the best experiences is joining a game fishing charter from St Helens. There are plenty of options available in what is regarded as Tasmania’s game fishing capital.

Devil's Corner Cellar Door is home to award-winning wines and fresh seafood - what more could you ask for?

Any chance of sampling local wines?

There’s ample opportunity. The East Coast wine region is highly regarded for its cool-climate wines. Poke your head into these cellar doors:

Freycinet Vineyard, between Bicheno and Swansea: Try this family-owned winery’s signature pinot noir.

Devil's Corner Cellar Door, Apslawn: Amazing views, award-winning wines, and fresh seafood – what more could you want?

Spring Vale, Cranbrook: Family owned since 1875; pinot noir leads the way.

Gala Estate, Cranbrook: Another cherished boutique beauty.

The signature pinot noir comes highly recommended while visiting Freycinet Vineyard.

Where can I stay?

A trio of BIG4 parks are planted in prime locations within the East Coast region. Take a peek below.

Isn’t it time you headed to the East Coast? 

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1 comment on “Natural delights and abundant highlights – your cheat sheet to the East Coast, TAS”

  1. Liz

    18 July 2017 at 12:14 pm

    You have missed off the best vineyard cellar door around Coles Bay Miltons! They have won heaps of awards and have great tapas, why?

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