Top 5 Things To Do on the East Coast of Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia is one of the most perfect locations to self-drive with a campervan (or car). Here we share some of the top locations you MUST see on the east coast. They are all very accessible by road.


1. PORT ARTHUR

In the 1800s, British convicts were sent to Port Arthur by ship for various crime types, some were only minor such as stealing bread! Much of the buildings you see were built by the convict themselves. Today, the Port Arthur Historic Site is a quiet, Heritage Listed location, educating the public on the convict era.


When you're there, make sure to do the harbour cruise to see Port Arthur from the water, and the Isle of Dead (where they used to bury the dead once they had passed away from the mainland of Port Arthur).


2. SWANSEA - OVERNIGHT STAY

Beachfront views from Swansea Beach Chalets
Beachfront views from Swansea Beach Chalets

Swansea is a relaxing coastal town, serving as a perfect overnight location. In the evening, there is zero light pollution to the east and is the ideal spot for your star gazing fix.


If you need accommodation overnight, we recommend the Swansea Beach Chalets. They are right on the waterfront and offer absolutely stunning views into the blue.







3. WINEGLASS BAY

Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay

The view of Wineglass Bay is most certainly rewarding after a slight uphill hike. The hike is 1.3km one way (2.6km return). There are some steeper steps along the way but there are also a couple of small resting spots should you require.


Depending on the season, you may also be able to spot dolphins or whales at the very top!


Click here for a park map before you go.




4. FREYCINET MARINE FARM

Calling all seafood lovers!! This is the place you MUST visit when you're in Tasmania. The seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm is deliciously fresh. In addition to the photos you see, they also offer mussels, fish & chips, sashimi, seafood chowder and more. They've been around for a long time and have recently expanded to provide more food options!


Take note - they're only open from 9am - 4pm (kitchen closes earlier), so make sure you head there during the day so you don't miss out on trying their delicious seafood.


5. BAY OF FIRES

Bay of Fires on the north east coast is quite a scene. Here you'll find white beaches with orange lichen-cloaked boulders along the waterfront. Quite a unique experience!


If you don't get the opportunity to visit the Bay of Fire, there is also a similar experience further south at Bicheno Blowhole, but we think the Bay of Fire is definitely more spectacular!


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There are so many amazing spots to visit in Tasmania but these are our absolute top 5 things to do on the east coast of Tasmania! We'd love to hear from you if you're enjoying our content.


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