Experiences

Beyond the icons

When picturing Tasmania's east coast, iconic images spring to mind of beautiful Wineglass Bay, tranquil Maria Island and pristine Bay of Fires. With summer adventures fast approaching, let's take a moment to explore beyond the icons.

If you're on the east coast using your 'Make Yourself at Home' travel voucher, we hope these inspire you to explore even more of this beautiful part of the world.

 

People kyaking on Freycinet
Freycinet Adventures. Image: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy.
Mayfield Bay
Mayfield Bay. Image: Pete Harmsen.
St Helens Trails
St Helens Mountain Bike Trails. Image: Stu Gibson.

 

Pyengana Dairy Company
Pyengana Dairy Company. Image: Flow Mountain Bike.
Spiky Bridge
Spiky Bridge. Image: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett.
Twamley Farm Homestead
Homestead. Image: Twamley Farm.

For the adventurers


For the foodies


For the nature lovers

  • Rocky Hills
    Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve offers beautiful camping spots overlooking Great Oyster Bay. A short drive north is Kelvedon Beach for shell collecting and stretching cramped legs.
  • Coles Bay

    Spend your day rock hopping on easily accessible, uncrowded beaches, or explore the many walks through the Freycinet National Park.

  • Bicheno

    Walk, surf, paddleboard and play at Redbill Beach, while at Waubs Bay you can walk the entire coastline in one loop. If you’re in the area during whale season, keep an eye out for these beautiful creatures passing by. Discover what’s lying beneath the surface on Bicheno’s Glass Bottom Boat. Spot penguins and learn about conservation with Bicheno Penguin Tours, while East Coast Natureworld is home to Tassie devils, kangaroos, wombats and many other furry or feathered locals in need of care. Explore waterholes and diverse rainforests at Douglas Apsley National Park.

  • St Marys
    The journey through Elephant Pass is an experience in itself. The winding, narrow roads and the change of smell from salty goodness to luscious rainforest transport you to another world. Marvel at panoramic views of forest, coastline and the Tasman Sea at St Patricks Head and South Sister Peak. Drive to the Fingal Valley to Evercreech Forest Reserve to visit the White Knights, the tallest white gum trees in existence.
  • St Helens

    The Serpentarium Wildlife Park is a treat for all ages, complete with a café serving coffee and light snacks.

  • Pyengana

    Visit St Columba Falls, the highest waterfall in Tasmania.


For the history buffs

  • Buckland
    Stay in boutique accommodation at Twamley Farm, hosted by the Turvey family who’ve been working on the land since 1842. Meet the animals, explore the farm and admire the historic buildings. At St John the Baptist Church, you’ll find local family names on the stained glass windows and gravestones from the mid-1800s. Ye Olde Buckland Inn is another stunning building, built around 1841. Entering the pub is akin to stepping into 1970s country Tasmania, complete with local characters and a roaring fire.
  • Orford

    One of the many ways to fill your days is a bush walk along Old Convict Road which runs beside the Prosser River to the ruins of the Paradise Probation Station.

  • Swansea

    Don’t forget to stop at the convict-built Spiky Bridge. Can you see why they call it spiky?

  • St Helens

    Travellers enjoy way more time than anticipated at the St Helens History Room. The Warship & Marine Corps Museum features a collection established in 1960 with over 10,000 catalogued items.


Note:
We've checked that places mentioned here are open at time of publishing but please have a look before you head out on an adventure. 

 

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