TASSIE TRAVELS – East Coast
TASSIE TRAVELS – Meandering Down the East Coast
It is so hard to choose a favourite area, but the East Coast of Tasmania is simply stunning! Last blog we had just explored Launceston, Bridport and the Bay of Fires, with many memories and photos to be savoured.
Check out the webpage for Coastal Reserves, North East Tasmania for all the tips and tricks on camping areas for this beautiful area. Four Mile Creek, Mt William National Park and Chain of Lagoons will all leave you breathless at their pristine environs. The east coast is our adventure trail for now, but stick around for all the info on Central Tasmania – what to see, what to do and where to explore! The Chain of Lagoons is located just 30km south of the lovely township of Scamander where you can restock supplies. The mouth of the Scamander River is idyllic, with a bridge connecting the town north and south, as it sprawls along the coast. The Chain of Lagoons, is a long stretch of gentle dunes, and tranquil lagoons (tip: home to black swans), with plenty of beach camping opportunities.
Follow the coast road south, and Bicheno is the next township awaiting discovery. Find Whalers Lookout and Bicheno Blowhole, both sure to impress the kids. You’ll travel inland for a while, before popping out at magical Coles Bay, enroute to the fantastic Freycinet National Park. Scenic Flights are available from local suppliers to take in the wonders from the air; or book a relaxing cruise on Wineglass Bay, part of the Freycinet Peninsula, with a local tour group.
West Bank of Wineglass
Beautiful Swansea township is a 90 minute drive from Hobart or Launceston, and labelled as an historic town of Tasmania. Check out Spiky Bridge, built by convicts in 1843! Don’t try to pronounce this one – Loontitetermairrelehoiner Track (!) meanders around Waterloo Point, which is the site of the first settlement in the area, with breathtaking views stretching across the Bay to The Hazards, Schouten Island and the Peninsula of Freycinet.
Leaving Swansea, the communities of Little Swanport; Triabunna; Orford; and Dunalley are all worth a stop, stay or visit. Your kind tourist dollars help out these lesser-known but equally-as-beautiful townships of Tassie. Right before the historic site of Port Arthur is Eaglehawk Neck, a narrow land bridge which was heavily guarded and made escape from the penal settlement at Port Arthur between 1831 and 1977, virtually impossible. By 1832, an Officers Quarters, and Soldiers Barracks had been built, complete with a ‘dog line’ (tip: find the dog line monument). The Officers Quarters is the oldest timber military building in Australia, and is open for inspection with free entry.
Come back real soon for our Travel Blog on Port Arthur, Hobart, Strahan and Central Tasmania!