Our Top 10 Must-Do Experiences On Tasmania's East Coast

A road through Tasmania with a lake and mountains in the background

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Published 17 February 2016


Experience one of Australia’s greatest road trips on the Great Eastern Drive in Tasmania, a true journey of discovery that will fill your stomach and soul with honest food and invigorating nature. Our friends at Discover Tasmania have pulled together some of the key ingredients to a dream road trip on Tassie’s east coast. Here's 10 must-do experiences to tick off on your trip.

 Group of three laughing around a table on the water with food and champagne
Freycinet Marine Farm (Image: Tourism Tasmania & Andrew Wilson)

1. Visit a seafood farm-gate

If you’re an oyster lover, keep an eye out for roadside signs spruiking ‘fresh oysters’. At Freycinet Marine Farm near Coles Bay, order oysters, lobster, mussels and abalone and sit down to some serious seafood nosh.

2. Raise your glass

Back up your oyster farm sojourn with a wine tasting for a complete foodie-fantasy adventure, dropping in on cellar doors such as Spring Vale Wines in the Freycinet region.

 Two men admiring the view of the beach and mountains
Lookout at Wineglass Bay. (Image: Tourism Tasmania & John de la Roche)

3. Bird's eye views

Climb the saddle of The Hazards mountain ranges to Wineglass Bay lookout. Your reward, a postcard-perfect view down across the bay – is worth every step of the 45-minute climb.

4. Make a splash

Specialising in ocean-going kayak exploration, Freycinet Adventures takes you on the water for a relaxed paddle for the ultimate way to discover the Freycinet National Park.

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Penguins at night on sand and rock
Fairy penguins on Bicheno Penguin Tours. (Image: Tourism Tasmania & Alastair Bett)

5. Leave no stone unturned

You’ll see evidence of convict labour all along the Great Eastern Drive, but none as puzzling as Spiky Bridge. The odd bridge just south of Swansea was constructed using fieldstones without mortar or cement.

6. Meet the little locals

Run by locals, Bicheno Penguin Tours knows the best spots to observe and not disturb the little penguin population, letting you get close to the penguins without interrupting their nightly journey.

 White brick wall with windows looking through to the beach and greenery
Darlington, Maria Island. (Image: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett)

7. Fresh pickings

Salty Seas The Rock Lobster Shed in St Helens hosts live southern rock lobster in tanks, open for public viewing during the season. So bring your camera as some weigh up to four kilograms, twice the size of the average cray found at a fishmongers.

8. Tassie devils

Maria Island is entirely national park, accessible by passenger ferry, and despite not having a township on the island, it has not escaped change. First a convict station then a late 19th-century industrial venture, it’s now the site of an insurance population of healthy Tasmanian devils.

 White sand beach with rocks and greenery
Bay of Fires. (Image: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett)

9. Berry bliss

Eureka Farm at Scamander is home to all manner of fruit and berry delights. Walk through the orchard, try delicious homemade ice-creams, and be sure to grab an award-winning homemade jam under your arm for the larder.

10. Bayside escape

Bay of Fires offers beachside camping and campsites hidden among the trees and amazing views of the coast and sea. All you’ll see here is blindingly white beaches, bright azure water and blazing orange boulders.

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Expert tip

Each state in Australia operates on its own public transport system, so it’s a good idea to get organised before you travel and know how you’re going to get around once you arrive in each destination.


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