The State's Playground
The East Coast offers the most temperate climate in Tasmania – it is known as the Suncoast. Due to its sheltered location it is the state’s playground, where locals and visitors relax and enjoy a traditional holiday of sun, surf and sand. The East Coast stretches from Orford, less than an hour’s drive from Hobart to Cape Portland at the state’s north-east tip.
Highlights of the East Coast include the lovely fishing, boating and bushwalking village of Coles Bay and the adjacent romantic beaches of the Freycinet Peninsula, the ocean surf at Nine Mile Beach and the blow hole at Bicheno.
Maria Island, a former penal colony, has fossil cliffs, wild bird rookeries, open forest, and fascinating convict ruins. Also on the East Coast are the Sea Life Centre and Nature World, the Dive Centre and Freycinet Winery.
Natural wonders abound with world famous Wineglass Bay and the beaches of Binalong Bay or Scamander a sheer delight. Moulting Lagoon is a natural breeding ground and sanctuary for the black swan and other waterfowl.
The East Coast has a wide range of accommodation available, from backpackers to budget motels to self-contained units and four-star resorts.
There are a number of National Parks in the region, including Douglas Apsley National Park and Freycinet National Park, where guided tours and accommodation are available.