Tasmanian East Coast

The eastern Tasmanian coastline is rugged, isolated and one of the most pristine places on earth. Admired for its sugar-sand beaches, sparkling blue water and orange granite rocks, the coast is best explored by car. Fly into Hobart and make your way east before heading north.

EAT

Trimbolis Pizza + Pasta This St. Helens outpost is open late-ish and one of the only places in town to get a beer in the evening.

DRINK

East Coast Wine Trail Sample Tassie wines.

PLAY

Bay of Fires’ beaches This string of beaches on Tassie’s northeastern coast was named in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux , who saw Aboriginal fires on the beaches.

Freycinet National Park World-renowned Wineglass Bay, one of the top beaches in the world, is a three hour return hike but well worth the effort. Also take a dip in Honeymoon Bay.

Port Arthur One of the best-preserved penal settlements in Australia, this 100 acre outdoor museum is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also the site of a 1996 mass shooting which prompted sweeping gun policy changes in Australia.

STAY

Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park A family-friendly campground with private cabin accommodation in Cole’s Bay. The site is very near Freycinet National Park, nature trails, local wineries and a two minute walk from a white sand beach with beautiful sunsets. There is also a small grocery and cafe on the grounds.

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Hobart

Hobart is small with a population of just over 225,000, but in recent years has become a food and wine hub. We used this former British penal colony as a starting point for a road trip up the eastern coast.

Winters are cold in Tasmania. If you are going June through August bundle up!

EAT

Jack Greene Bar Cosy pub on the wharf with outdoor seating, local beers and good burgers.

Maharaja India Restaurant Casual, BYOB restaurant serving up tasty Indian.

DRINK

Preachers Hip pub with board games, a fireplace and an outdoor beer garden. Recommended by a friend.

Republic Bar & Grill Popular dive with live music.

PLAY

Mt. Wellington Drive to the top or hike up before sunset to admire views of the city and the River Derwent.

Salamanca Wharf Explore the shops and pubs in this main area. On Saturdays there is a local market.

STAY

No where should be too far from the central district. We rented a car and stayed at Rydges Hobart, a four star hotel in North Hobart with pretty views of the city, and about a 25 minute walk to Salamanca.

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