It is easy to drive on past the tiny coastal town of Bream Creek. If you head along the Arthur Highway from Sorell and blink at Copping, you’ll have missed the turnoff to this idyllic pocket of Tasmania. And when you do find it, you’ll also discover that there is so much more to Bream Creek than its breathtaking first impressions.
If you have a four-wheel drive, it’s worth going the long way around through Kellevie to the Wielangta Forest Road, where you can detour for the view over Hellfire Bluff and a walk in a relic rainforest. Turn back and onto Bream Creek Road, where you’ll meander a few kilometres from forest to foothills, farmland to magnificent ocean.
On Marion Bay Beach, you are likely to find yourself alone to contemplate life with the shorebirds and the crashing waves. Walk the perfect stretch of white sand or take to the water for a dip or a kite surf.
If you’re visiting on the first Sunday of the month, the Bream Creek Farmer’s Market sees a meeting of close community, creative minds and fine produce. Locally made breads and pastries, cheese, meat, award winning Bream Creek Vineyard wine, community garden vegetables . . . how food should be.
The market is held at the home of the iconic Bream Creek Show, the social event of the year and a beloved day out for families all over Tasmania.
A stone’s throw from the showgrounds is Cape Bernier Vineyard, its cellar door is open for wine tastings and cheeses produced by their neighbours at Leap Farm and Bream Creek Dairy. Farm and vineyard tours are also available to pre-book with Leap Farm/Tongola and Bream Creek Vineyard Wines. Just down the road Hellfire Bluff Distillery is open for tastings too and Blue Lagoon Oysters sell fresh oysters direct from their farmgate. You can also take the opportunity to book an intimate dining experience at destination restaurant, Van Bone.
A wide range of accommodation options are on hand in Bream Creek, from caravan sites and Airbnb rooms to the rejuvenating comforts of Beachbreaks and the high-end luxury at Marion Bay House. You can relax and indulge surrounded by green pasture, fresh air, and clean, deserted beaches. You’re within half an hour of the Tasman Peninsula — convict country, sea cliffs and hiking heaven and an hour from MONA, Richmond and Hobart. There is no better place from which to base your Tasmanian explorations.
Bream Creek was discovered by Abel Tasman in 1642. He spent a few days here, hoisted his flag and left. Records of his voyage state that he saw signs of life. At a mere thirty-minute drive from Hobart Airport, it’s easy to discover Bream Creek again. The signs of life — pure, vibrant, sustainable, beautiful — are everywhere.
Bream Creek – how life should be.