Set away from the crowds of Tasmania’s main cities, the east coast is a truly diverse part of Tasmania offering unspoilt beaches, Listerine-coloured waters and iconic orange-hued granite boulders.
With a number of friendly towns dotting this stunning coastline, there are many places to stop along the way and a myriad of water and land-based activities on offer including surfing, sea kayaking, swimming, scuba diving and fishing.
Maria Island National Park is located just off the east coast and is part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. Here you will discover historic ruins, sweeping bays, a famous shipwreck, rugged mountains and plunging cliffs. At the right time of year, whales and dolphins pass by the island’s wild coast. Head further north to Port Arthur and experience the largest open air museum in Australia and a World Heritage Listed Convict Site.
Swansea is a charming sea-side town and is home to some of the state’s best seafood produce including crayfish, scallops and oysters.
Overlooking the awe-inspiring Oyster Bay with the town of Coles Bay at its entrance, Freycinet National Park is a treasure chest of world-class natural attractions including the iconic Hazards Mountains. Wineglass Bay has awe-inspiring views, magnificent bushwalks and a range of activities allowing you to explore the crystal clear waterways.
Journey further north and arrive at the charming seaside town of Bicheno before coming to Douglas-Apsley National Park with its rugged gorges, flowing rivers and plunging waterfalls. St Helens is known for its supreme beaches and friendly local atmosphere and Bay of Fires was voted as one of the world’s best beaches and is home to giant granite boulders turned orange by lichens and kilometres of unique silica sand.
In nearby Mount William National Park you will have the chance to get up close and personal with the unique Forester kangaroo and further north east discover Flinders Island with its Killiecrankie ‘diamond’ and stunning landscapes.
Tasmania’s east coast is waiting to be explored and is a must-visit destination on your Apple Isle adventure.
Port Arthur is home to Australia’s largest open-air museum and World Heritage listed convict sites. Learn about Tasmania’s history on a tour of the site or visit by night and take the paranormal investigation tour. Navigate the surrounding waters on a cruise and watch dolphins and seals swim along beside the boat.
Bay of Fires
With spectacular beaches, crystal clear water and unique orange crusted boulders, Bay of Fires is a must-visit on anyone’s Tasmanian adventure. Experience a range of water-based activities including sea kayaking, snorkelling and swimming or sit on one of the boulders and watch the sun sink below the horizon. Enjoy the seaside atmosphere of nearby Bicheno and appreciate the clear starry sky of the east coast at night.
Marvel at the beauty of the far off Hazards from the shores of Coles Bay, situated at the gateway of Freycinet National Park. Hike to Wineglass Bay lookout and experience spectacular views of one of Tasmania’s most iconic destinations. Walk the circuit track and enjoy diverse forest area and untouched beaches. Dine at the cosy local pub and let the fresh produce delight your tastebuds.