The Friendly Beaches, Sleepy Bay, Wineglass Bay, The Hazards and 485 metre Mt Dove make Freycinet Peninsula one of Tasmania's wonders.
At the crest of the track a lookout opens up the variegated colours of Wineglass Bay, cupped in solid Australian native greens and highlighted with the magic simmer of crystal seawater on shimmering sands.
Coles Bays and its quiet beaches mark the gateway to The Hazards, a natural essay in pink and grey granite rocks, painted with orange lichen, rising steeply above a peaceful land and seascape.
Climbers and abseilers test their skills on The Hazards, relishing the challenge, dramatic exposure and exciting height of crags that plummet to the water below.
Painted Cliffs Maria Is. Tourism Tas and Joe Shemesh
The East Coast is a mix of national parks Douglas-Apsley, with its quiet rivers, eucalypts and Oyster Bay pines; Freycinet, bushwalkers paradise; and Maria Island, with its history, walks and native birds and animals.
Find gourmet produce
It is also a coast of fine food and wine along the East Coast Gourmet Trail visitors discover the delicious flavours of the areas fresh, natural produce.
Place names tell the story of the regions heritage Dutch navigator Abel Tasman mapped Schouten and Maria Islands; Frenchman Nicolas Baudin charted Freycinet; nostalgic Welsh settlers named the town of Swansea; Triabunna and Wielangta remember thousands of years of Aboriginal settlement.
It is a must for visitors coming to the east coast of Tasmania.
Drive through beauty
The Triabunna/Orford area is the gateway to the east coast. North is the Freycinet Peninsula and for visitors travelling south it is the start of the spectacular Wielangta Forest Drive, through to Port Arthur.
Spectacular scenery, beautiful white beaches, historic walks, vineyards and star rated accommodation add to a memorable stay in the area.
Offshore is Maria Island National Park, which predates Port Arthur. It is steeped in history ranging from cements works to vineyards and also has unbelievable scenery, flora and fauna.
Things to see and do
(As suggested by Triabunna Visitor Information Centre).
The Triabunna Visitor Information Centre: Open 10am-4pm 7 days. Informative, interpretative and educational. Toilets, showers, Internet access. Charles Street, Triabunna 03 6257 4090 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Island National Park. Ferry departs Triabunna, near the Visitor Info Centre. Ferry bookings can be made on 0427 100 104. The ferry leaves Triabunna at 9.30am returning at 1.30pm and departs again (depending on bookings) at 1.30pm returning at 4.30pm. Fares: Adult $25 return, Under 15, $12, bikes are $2.
Tasmanian Seafarers Memorial (adjacent to Visitor Centre).
Girraween Gardens Tearooms, Henry St., Triabunna.
Wielangta Forest Drive Reserve.
Charter Boat Fishing.
Pure white sandy beaches - Raspins Beach, Spring Beach, Rheban Beach.
Convict Walk at Orford.
Historic Walks at Orford and Triabunna.
Darlington Vineyards at Orford
Artists' Co-operative and also craft shop in Triabunna.
Maria Island beckons
A rapid tour approach to seeing Tasmania can miss the remarkable.
Islands float on the horizon across Mercury Passage from Orford and Triabunna, Maria beckons it is an island rich in history, with beaches, Painted Cliffs and mountains to explore.
Near the Visitor Information Centre at Triabunna a ferry opens up the option of a visit to remarkable Maria Island.
The island is a National Park. It is a different day-trip or longer stays can be arranged with national parks 03 6257 1420. Basic accommodation is available at Darlington.
It will suit those who enjoy rustic pleasure. Bookings are essential. The island is a fascinating mix of natural beauty and remarkable historic surprises.
Further north is the craggy outline of Schouten Island and the graceful profile of the Freycinet Peninsula, with its sea cliffs and forests, tracks and beaches.
All along the coast, bright beaches blaze, and the distinctive blue-green East Coast sea washes the shores. Grey-green sheoak trees dapple the ground with cool shade. In the ocean beyond, whales follow ancestral migration routes, dolphins frolic and sea birds wheel on the wind.
Inland, rainforest clings to steep mountain passes, and the rock buttresses of Ben Lomond frown over the rich farmlands of the Fingal Valley.
East Coast must see do
Stroll, paddle, swim or surf at beautiful Spring Beach near Orford.
From Triabunna take a ferry to Maria Island National Park camping, walks and wildlife.
Walk to Maria Islands Fossil Cliffs.
Explore Darlington, Maria Islands original convict settlement.
Call in to savour the homegrown fruit and homemade ice cream at Kates Berry Farm, just south of Swansea.
See Swansea Bark Mill and Wine and Wool Centre.
Enjoy the East Coasts superb berries, breads, seafood, cheeses and wine.
Walk, climb or camp in Freycinet National Park. Take the walk to Wineglass Bay.
In the Freycinet National Park, take an evening wildlife observation tour to meet some of the locals quolls, wallabies, possums and wombats.
Meet Tasmanian devils, wombats and birdlife at the East Coast Birdlife and Animal Park, Bicheno, and see penguins on an evening Bicheno Penguin Tour.
Walk in the Douglas-Apsley National Park, just north of Bicheno.
Catch a wave on Scamander beaches.
Pause for a pancake at the top of Elephant Pass, between Chain of Lagoons and St Marys.
Admire the dramatic crags of Ben Lomond, overlooking the towns of Fingal and Avoca in the green valley of the South Esk River.
Picnic under the worlds tallest white gums in the Evercreech Forest Reserve near Mathinna, 25 km north of Fingal.
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