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As one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines, the east coast of Tasmania is the perfect self-drive location with spectacular scenery, national parks and historic landmarks. This drive from Tourism Tasmania and DriveAway encompasses the best of the area.
Leaving Hobart head north east to Orford, this mainland port city was established for the convict settlement on Maria Island. With picturesque beaches and campsites it makes the perfect overnight stop. A short boat trip off the coast, Maria Island features a historic convict settlement dating back to 1825. With its sweeping bays and rugged cliffs the 14 convict buildings and ruins are preserved for all generations to delve into.
Drive north today bound for Swansea, the mighty Freycinet Peninsula is a breathtaking stretch of coast not to be missed. A stunning view across the long curve of Great Oyster Bay is a popular photo opportunity for your journey. Berry lovers can go wild at Kate’s Berry Farm just before Swansea, where you can sample strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and youngberries. Swansea was once known for its black wattle bark mill which was exported around the world and is your next point of call. Heading on, Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park is your beautiful destination for the day. Many stunning walks and lookouts can be experienced at Freycinet National Park or take an on-shore tour and sample oysters at the Freycinet Marine Farm.
Wineglass Bay Lookout offers spectacular postcard views and should be discovered before continuing on your beautiful drive. Heading north to Bicheno, this coastal town boasts a powerful blowhole not to be missed and a glass-bottomed boat for a dolphin’s eye view of the areas protected marine life. Continue on your journey through nature, at East Coast Natureworld, a great place to see Tasmanian Devils, wombats and birdlife in a natural environment. Progressing in your hire car to St Helens, stop at the costal wonderland ‘Chain of Lagoons’, which as the name suggests are lagoons dotted along the coast with plenty of walking trails and wide open spaces to relax. Our East Coast Escape finishes in St Helens, full of history and heritage close to the Bay of Fires Conservation area.
This top drive was provided by Discover Tasmania.
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