If you are heading to the East Coast of Tasmania it is highly recommended to take the epic 176 km road trip which takes the best of the coastline and is known as the Great Eastern Drive.
The drive takes in the stunning scenery of the pristine East Coast beaches along with famous national parks of Freycinet and Mount William. There are plenty of places to stop and venture inland to view spectacular mountains and waterfalls.
Break up your journey by stopping to visit the cellar doors of one of the many East Coast vineyards which are renowned for their cool climate wines such as Pinot and Chardonnay. Charming coastal towns offer many choices of restaurants and cafes to enjoy a leisurely lunch of seafood and other local specialties. This iconic road trip is a must for anyone heading to the East Coast of Tasmania and wanting to experience the best that the region has to offer.
Location: The East Coast Drive extends from Orford to St Helens. Orford is a 1 hour drive from Hobart and St Helens is a 2 hour drive from Launceston.
More information on the drive and maps can be found at www.greateasterndrive.com.au/
Things to know: It is best to pre-book accommodation if travelling during the busy summer months and school holidays. Destination Bay of Fires have a range of holiday homes situated in St Helens, Binalong Bay and the Gardens and you can do easily do day trips to many of the locations along the Great Eastern Drive if staying in these areas. Great Eastern Drive Booklets can be picked up at Visitor Information Centres located in towns along the East Coast.
Local tip: For the more adventurous, divert inland from the Great Eastern Drive to climb St Patricks Head Pinnacle for stunning views of the coastline. St Patricks Head is located in Tasmanian State reserve just north of the charming town of St Marys.