East Coast Region of Tasmania

The East Coast is a coast of contrasts with many beautiful, white sandy beaches, clear turquoise seas, rugged crags, a dramatic history and plenty of wildlife. The place names go some way to telling the story of the region's heritage - Freycinet (French), Schouten and Maria (Dutch), Swansea (Welsh), Ben Lomond (Scottish) and Triabunna and Weilangta (Aboriginal).

Things To Do on the East Coast of Tasmania

· Heading north from Hobart, you can stroll, swim or surf at Spring Beach near Orford.
· To get to historic Maria Island, take the ferry from Louisville. There's excellent camping, walking, climbing and wildlife on Maria Island as well as the convict settlement of Darlington.
· At Swansea there's the Swansea Bark Mill, Wine and Wool Centre and Kate's Berry Farm offers home-grown fruit and delicious home-made ice cream.
· One of the most picturesque spots on the coast is Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. It was ranked as one of the world's best beaches by US-based Outsider magazine. Freycinet is renowned for its bushwalks, climbing and camping. There are evening observational tours to meet the nocturnal wildlife.
· There's also wildlife aplenty at Bicheno. At the East Coast Birdlife and Animal Park there are Tasmanian devils, wombats and more and you can get up close with penguins on an evening Bicheno Penguin Tour.
· There's excellent walking in the Douglas-Apsley national Park, just north of Bicheno.
· Between Chain of Lagoons and St Marys you may like to try one of the legendary pancakes at the top of Elephant's Pass.
· The dramatic crags of Ben Lomond overlook the green valley of the South Esk River and the towns of Fingal and Avoca.
· 25km north of Fingal is the Evercreech Forest Reserve, near Mathinna, where you can stop for a picnic under the world's tallest white gum trees.

Wine Glass Bay Freycinet Lodge Aerial Mt Amos Track Freycinet Lodge Jetty