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By Spirit to Devonport, Launceston, North-East and East Coast

February 23, 2007
By Spirit to Devonport, Launceston, North-East and East Coast

Ross and Jo Whitty are now "on the Around Australia via Tasmania road". They have a brand new Giest 630 caravan towed by a Toyota Prado turbo diesel. Apart from two short shakedown trips they are novices.

Ross and Jo asked GoSeeAustralia to suggest routes for their Lap of The Block. So with the help of Tourism Tasmania hereis the second in the Around Australia via Tasmania series of features. Devonport and its surrounding attractions first. Then Launceston. Tasmania's North East and then the East Coast.

Ross says - We will be waiting around Devonport - Launceston area for a week as we have two other couples crossing over on the 4th March. Our current plan would probably be down the east coast and back up the west and back to the mainland just after Easter.

I have ancestors buried at Longford! Might go and look them up. That's LOOK not DIG! Ross says.

The other two couples are towing and we are all 1st timers just a couple of shake down trips. I am sure we will do the Port Arthur visit too.

We are all taking tents and camping gear as well as the caravans for those short trips into difficult to reach but great to see sights.

We all have 4WDs but again are novices so won't be doing any difficult side trips, in the early stages anyway. Welook forward to your suggestions on the website, he said.

After Tasmania Ross and Joare open to suggestions as to direction. Do we go west, back up the east coast to Cairns then across the top, or up the middle via Alice Springs to Darwin then down the west coast? they ask.


On the way south from Sydney Ross and Jo visited relatives in Canberra and dropped their dog off with very special friends in Jindabyne, (that was hard to do). Then they went to Pambula Beach via Bombala and Wynham.

Tragedy on this leg of the journey, the Wyndham pub was temporary closed due to electrical damage, so had to settle for a cappucino across the road, Ross told GoSeeAustralia.

They left Pambula Beach caravan Park, on Friday February 16th after four nights and spent four nights around Lakes Entrance.

Then after one more overnight stop and three nights in the Melbourne area they board the Spirit of Tasmania ferry tomorrow, Saturday, February 24.

Devonport, is the home port of the Bass Strait passenger and vehicle ferries, Spirit 1 and 11 as they sail to Melbourne.

Thousands of visitors make their first landfall in the island state at this busy city which is the closest major entry for Tasmania and the rest of Australia.

Devonport is the gateway to both Tasmania's Great Nature Trail and Cradle Mountain Touring Routes to discover Devonport is to experience a vibrant, modern city, cosmopolitan well beyond its size, where city, country and coast come together at a pivotal Tasmanian hub.

The local produce is served fresh from farm to plate in the Citys many restaurants and cafes andvisitorsbrowse in the unique boutiques and specialty shops which can be found scattered throughout the shopping district.

Devonport is the gateway to both Tasmanias Great Nature Trail and Cradle Country Touring Routes. Lunch at a raspberry farm, explore a national park or search for antiques-you can do all of this and more for the history, wilderness and wildlife of Tasmania's North-West.

The seaport city is central to the rugged country towards Cradle Mountain and World Heritage Area wilderness, this is a region of interest and variety- charming towns and historic buildings, beaches, forests and craggy peaks, fine flavours, fertile farmland, friendly people all found along the Coast to Canyon Treasure Trail.

Tasmania here we come courtesy Spirit of Tasmania
Tasmania here we come courtesy Spirit of Tasmania

The modern airport is only an hours flight from Melbourne's Tullarmarine with connections to and from all Australian airports.

Situated midway between Devonport and Launceston, the Meander Valley is tucked under the northern rim of the Great Western Tiers. Some of the most amazing attractions are beneath the surface, in extensive limestone caves, whose unique ecosystems are protected in the Mole Creek Karst National Park.

The Meander is a creative valley Deloraine is home to the southern hemispheres biggest working craft festival. Here, artists take inspiration from the environment, shaping metals and clay into beautiful jewellery and ceramics, capturing the light in oils and watercolours.

In the historic towns Westbury, Deloraine, Latrobe there are well-preserved reminders of earlier days. In the antique shops visitors can search out treasures the glow of cedar, the patterning of birds-eye Huon pine or the shine of silver.

Latrobes Australian Axemans Hall of Fame Timberworks commemorates the timber industry heritage, while on the land, farms harvest the bounty of rich soils. This is a land of milk and honey and of sweet berries and fresh vegetables, grass-fed beef and superb farm cheeses.

Inland, Mt Roland overlooks fertile pastures around Sheffield, the town of murals, where artists have used the proud old buildings as their canvases. Lake Barrington is nearby, with its rowing course and the slender curve of Devils Gate Dam.

Mersey Bluff Lighthouse near Devonport.  Tourism Tas and Rick Eaves
Mersey Bluff Lighthouse near Devonport. Tourism Tas and Rick Eaves

The road winds into the wilderness towards Waldheim, where conservation pioneer Gustav Weindorfer lived.

From the shores of nearby Dove Lake, the craggy profile of Cradle Mountain beckons whether you plan a multi-day expedition along the Overland Track or a shorter stay, theres a world of nature waiting to discover.

Returning to the coast, country roads pass through Wilmots dairy country and croplands towards the spectacular Leven Canyon and Gunns Plains Caves, where the worlds biggest freshwater lobsters scratch slowly across polished rocks in cold, underground streams.

On Bass Straits shores, in the seaside towns of Ulverstone and Penguin theres a welcome as bright as the flowers that cascade over the railway embankment on the coast road between the towns.

Tiagarra Aboriginal Centre Devonport. Tourism Tas  and Bob Iddon
Tiagarra Aboriginal Centre Devonport. Tourism Tas and Bob Iddon

Tasmanias biggest northern city and its river valley blend history, scenery, creativity, adventure, entertainment and the superb flavours of fine food and wine.

Launceston is a city of contrasts a short walk from the graceful Victorian-era faades is the scenic Cataract Gorge Reserve, with its tree rhododendrons and peacocks, fern glades and spacious lawns. Its an adventurous city try rock climbing in Cataract Gorge or cable hang gliding at nearby Trevallyn.

For quieter experiences, the Queen Victoria Museum Art Gallery holds one of the nations best collections of colonial art.

Todays creative artists and craftspeople are also well represented the internationally acclaimed Wood Design Collection has its home in Macquarie House, Civic Square.

Cataract Gorge Launceston.  Tourism Tas  and Rob Burnett
Cataract Gorge Launceston. Tourism Tas and Rob Burnett

Launceston is a city of fine food and great entertainment join the action at the Country Club Resort, catch an open-air concert at the Basin, and sip a Tamar Valley wine or a James Boag Premium, voted the worlds best beer at the Australian Beer Awards, in one of the citys award-winning bistros and restaurants. Winding north to Bass Strait, the Tamar Rivers quiet waters and sheltered shores provide a perfect environment for many species of waterbirds.

At Tamar Island, 8 km from Launceston, boardwalks let visitors stroll over the wetlands and see the birds in their own habitat.

Notley Gorge has deep fern glades, dense rainforest and waterfalls. Further north at Low Head on the eastern side of the river visitors can take a tour and watch fairy penguins coming ashore and nesting in the coastal scrub. A short charter boat trip links to Australian fur seals breeding on Tenth Island.

The picturesque Tamar River has created a fertile valley of beautiful and rich contrasts as it flows from Launceston.

The river meanders its way through scenic pastures, orchards, high-yielding vineyards and forests to Bass Strait.

J Boag & Son Beer Launceston. Tourism Tas and Rob Burnett
J Boag Son Beer Launceston. Tourism Tas and Rob Burnett

There are interesting towns and beautiful natural attractions throughout the valley and there isnt a better way to see the diversity of northern Tasmania.

To explore the many areas of interest and browse this stunning area, it is certainly worth an overnight stay with a variety of accommodation available.

The best way to explore the Tamar Valley is to leave the highways and wander through the country roads along the riverfront.

Throughout the valley there are road signs indicating the States official Wine Route and the majority of vineyards are open regularly for visitors. Most have cellar-door sales and several have their own restaurants.

A drive along the western side from Launceston reveals many small villages nestled on the riverbank, with various attractions such as wineries, orchards, a lavender farm, breathtaking wilderness areas, a Swiss-styles Village, water bird sanctuaries and, at Beaconsfield, by the mine where Brant Webb and Todd Russell made their Great Escape after being trapped in a mine collapse, the Grubb Shaft Gold Heritage Museum. It is full of the history and heritage of the West Tamar.

The scenery is tranquil, beautiful and visitors are never far from the majestic beauty and influence of the river. Many artists and crafts people have made the valley their home.

Seahorse World located on Inspection Head Wharf at Beauty Point (five minutes drive from Beaconsfield) is open for tours every day. This attraction is a major draw card for visitors from around the world.

Platypus House is a unique Tasmanian attraction and the only venue where visitors can watch Tasmanian Platypuses in an indoor setting.

Emeritus Professor Nigel Fortheath's is co-founder of Platypus House and Seahorse World; Tasmanian of the Year 1997 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for Services to the Australian Society of Marine Sciences.

His ground breaking research into breeding seahorses in captivity has ensured a sustainable future for this species at Beauty Point, in NorthernTasmania. Seahorse World offers a unique tour experience through this fascinating aquarium dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the seahorse.

Another Beauty Point attraction is Shuttlefish Ferry which runs cruises on the Tamar River all year. Shuttlefish leaves from the pontoon in front of the Beauty Point Hotel. There is a short and long option in the West Arm cruise. The Low Head cruise is two and half hours. Bookings are essential for all cruises.

The West Tamar is an area of vineyards, farms and orchards, with pretty detours along the banks of the broad Tamar River, and a panoramic sweep from Bradys Lookout on the West Tamar Highway.

The East Tamar experience starts at the picturesque hamlet of Hillwood. Highlights include sampling some of the local produce with many of the hamlets orchards and farms open daily for inspection and tastings. Alternatively, just relax beside the river.

From Hillwood it is a short drive to historic George Town. Visit The Grove, an elegant Georgian home, learn about the areas history on the George Town Heritage Trail or drive to the top of Mount George and capture the panoramic views on camera.

The George Town central business area provides a variety of choices for dining, shopping and accommodation.

Great Short Walks  Tamar Is Visitor Centre near Launceston. Tourism Tas and Geoffrey Lea
Great Short Walks Tamar Is Visitor Centre near Launceston. Tourism Tas and Geoffrey Lea

Historic Low Head (just five minutes from George Town) is a seaside village popular with locals.

It includes many historic and natural attractions, the most prominent being the historic Pilot Station and Maritime Museum, Australias oldest continuously operating pilot station. The nearby Low Head Light House is popular for its photographic opportunities.

A short walk away is the Low Head Penguin colony. Guided tours to the colony run daily about an hour before sunset.

The Tamar has a rich heritage the historic buildings of Beaconsfield recall the boom days of gold.

Today, perhaps the Tamar Valleys brightest gold is a swirl of delicious chardonnay, while some of tomorrows rich heritage rests in cellars, as precious bottles of pinot noir gracefully age.

The Tamar is Tasmanias most productive and best-established wine region. Vines grow in tidy lines on gentle hills sloping down to the water, and mellow autumn sunshine ripens the grapes, adding unique cool-climate complexities of flavour to the Tamars widely acclaimed wines.

To get more information about the Tamar Valley, please visit the Tamar Valley tourism website at www.tamarvalley.com.au or contact either:

Tamar Visitor Centre, Main Road, Exeter

Freecall: 1800 637 989 or email: exeter@tasvisinfo.com.au or

George Town Visitor Centre, Main Road, George Town

Ph: 03) 6382 1700 or georgetown@tasvisinfo.com.au

Launceston Tamar Valley must see do as suggested by Tourism Tasmania

See one of the nations best presentations of classic and historic automobiles at the National Automobile Museum.

Stroll to the Cataract Gorge Reserve, just 15 minutes walk from the city. The Basin Chairlift is the longest single span chairlift in the world. Magnificent views of the Gorge.

Take a coach tram tour of Launceston city.

Visit the Queen Victoria Museum Art Gallery. Dont miss the Planetarium, with displays of the southern night sky.

Admire Tasmanias fine craft and contemporary furniture at the Design Centre of Tasmania and the Inveresk Rail yards cultural precinct.

Enjoy a Tamar River cruise on the luxury, licensed Tamar Odyssey.

Try the unique and safe thrill of cable hang gliding, only 15 minutes from the city.

Tour the Waverley Woollen Mills, Australias oldest, in operation since 1874.

Learn to fly fish at Launceston Lakes private trout fishing waters, 15 minutes from the city. There are no seasonal restrictions. Tuition and tackle hire available.

Visit Tamar Island Wetlands Centre superb for birdwatchers.

Enjoy Beaconsfields mining history at the Grubb Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum once Tasmanias biggest gold mine, and now reopened as a working mine.

Follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route the yellow and blue signs take visitors to the east and west Tamar vineyards.

Call in to the Low Head Pilot Station and browse through the Maritime Museum.

Visit Notley Gorge, a sanctuary for wildlife, and Holwell Gorge, native bush, fern glades and waterfalls.

Pick your own or buy fruit in season at the Hillwood Strawberry Farm. Taste delicious fruit wines and local cheese.

Tour Seahorse World at Beauty Point, the first seahorse farm of its kind open to the public in the world. See Platypus House and cruise the Tamar with Shuttlefish Ferry.

North East variety comes in many colours

Low Head Lighthouse Tamar River entrance. Tourism Tas and Garry Moore
Low Head Lighthouse Tamar River entrance. Tourism Tas and Garry Moore

Visitors to Tasmanias North East, are struck by the changing tones and hues of the colours of land, sky, and sea.

In Scottsdales green and fertile valley, beyond the dark green of tall pines, dairy herds graze rich pastures.

The fertile red soil nourishes wonderful vegetables onions and peas, carrots and potatoes.

In summer, flowering fields of poppies splash the landscape, and lavender bushes grow in tidy, purple rows.

Through the old tin mining towns of Derby and Weldborough, slopes of grey gravel nudge up against dark forest in spring, theres a sprouting of new red growth on the myrtles.

On the coast at Bridport and Tomahawk, theres the white gold of long sandy beaches, the bright orange of lichen-splashed granite and the clean, clear turquoise of the sea.

Safe inside the sparkling expanse of Georges Bay at St Helens, the fishing fleet sits snugly against the pier. Beyond the sand bar at the mouth of the bay, the ocean teems with game fish. North of the town is the pristine coast of the Bay of Fires.

This is a region of surprising variety from neat, manicured croplands of Scottsdale and Ringarooma to the wild natural habitats of Mt William, where Forester kangaroos graze; from tall, tumbling waterfalls in deep rainforest to warm sunshine on white sand; from the rugged summits of Ben Lomond and Mt Barrow to the rolling dairy pastures of Winnaleah; from the exciting offshore fishing at Bridport and St Helens to the rows of green-blossoming hops in Tonganah and Springfield.

Each town, each place along the way has its own surprises sapphires panned from abandoned tin workings near Branxholm and Derby; farm cheese at Pyengana; winter skiing and summer walks on Ben Lomonds craggy heights; echoes of a mining heritage at Derby and the Blue Tier; a desert of golden sand dunes at St Helens; rough-cut local granite in the towering Eddystone Point lighthouse; sweeping views of forests and farmlands as the Mathinna road descends to the Fingal Valley.

North East Tour

Day 1

From Launceston, head east over the Sideling to Scottsdale, set in rich green farmlands sample the regions superb fresh farm produce.

Scottsdale Forest Eco Centre  is at the entrance to the township.Tourism Tas and Bluescope Steel
Scottsdale Forest Eco Centre is at the entrance to the township.Tourism Tas and Bluescope Steel

Tour the nearby Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm just north of Nabowla, then call at a local vineyard or two on your way to the beautiful beaches of Bridport, nestled in a sheltered corner of the Bass Strait coast.

Stroll on the foreshore tracks of the Granite Point Coastal Reserve and discover Bridports hidden coves and swimming spots. Explore eastward towards the tiny seaside settlement at Tomahawk, then return along the coast and visit Bridport or Scottsdale.

Day 2

Take a day trip to the north-east tip of Tasmania drive through dairy and gemstone country to the boom and bust tin mining towns of Pioneer and Gladstone on the way to the Mt William National Park, with its long, empty beaches and abundant wildlife.

Or, spend the day discovering the North Easts rich farming and mining heritage drive through

the hop fields of Tonganah, near Scottsdale, then turn off to the rolling dairy pastures of Legerwood and Ringarooma. See the nearby Ralph Falls before returning to the Tasman Highway (A3) to follow the footsteps of tin miners through Branxholm and Derby.

Day 3

Head eastward on the A3 through Moorina and Weldborough explore ancient myrtle rainforest on the Weldborough Pass and see the magnificent St Columba Falls near Pyengana. Continue to the coast and the scenic fishing port and holiday town of St Helens.

Bridestowe Lavender Farm 45km from Launceston. Tourism Tas and Geg Willson
Bridestowe Lavender Farm 45km from Launceston. Tourism Tas and Geg Willson

Walk the Peron sand dunes at St Helens Point Reserve, and drive to Binalong Bay and the magical Bay of Fires for pristine beaches, bushwalks and wildlife.

Or, from Ringarooma, take the gravel country roads south through forests and mountains

to Mathinna in the foothills of Ben Lomond, then on towards the rich Fingal Valley.

Discover Tasmanias North East Forests at the Forest EcoCentre

The Forestry Tasmanias Forest EcoCentre building was designed to showcase the latest innovations in sustainable design, Forestry Tasmania says.

Its use of plantation timbers and energy efficient technology has driven the success.

The EcoCentre also achieved Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation in its first year of operation. At Scottsdale in Tasmanias verdant North East, the Forestry Tasmanias Forest EcoCentre has rapidly established itself as the key attraction in this still largely undiscovered region.

The EcoCentre, officially opened as part of the International Year of Ecotourism in 2002, is a must-see attraction for anybody interested in an ecologically sustainable future.

The centre is an ideal hub from which to explore Tasmanias North East, a region that has retained its own unspoilt and remote character.

A series of interactive interpretive displays within the centre provide visitors with a taste of the regions natural and cultural heritage, and the helpful volunteers at the information desk have plenty of local knowledge to help visitors further discover the area.

The spectacular Ralph Falls and the famous White Knights at Evercreech, the tallest white gums in the world, are within a half-day drive of the EcoCentre.

Camping facilities are available at Griffin Park and Scamander Forest Reserve.

The EcoCentre also contains a gift shop specialising in wood design and local craft, and a caf serving light meals featuring the regions renowned produce.

The Forest EcoCentre is open seven days a week and is located at 88 King Street, Scottsdale.

It is about one hours drive from Launceston, or two hours from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal at Devonport making it an ideal morning tea stop.

North East must see do as suggested by Tourism Tasmania

In winter, ski on Ben Lomond in summer, explore the mountains alpine heathlands.

Visit Bridestowe Estate, Nabowla, the largest oil-producing lavender farm in the southern hemisphere spectacular in December and January.

Stop at the Sideling Lookout overlooking Scottsdale panoramic views over rich farmlands towards Bass Strait.

Explore the North East on a self-drive or guided 4WD tour from Scottsdale.

See Ralph Falls, Tasmanias highest single-drop waterfall, near Ringarooma.

Catch a fish, a wave or a breeze at Bridport, the North Easts seaside holiday town.

Pause at the historic Chinese Cemetery and Australias oldest privately-operated power station, both at Moorina.

Pan for tin at the Derby Tin Mine Centre. Visit the mining museum shanty town.

Photograph Blue Lake, a tranquil azure lake in the old Endurance Tin Mine just off the Herrick-Gladstone Road.

Walk in the Mt William National Park long, empty beaches, abundant wildlife and plant life, unique history.

Drive slowly around Mt Williams Forester Drive to see Tasmanias only native kangaroos in a secure natural habitat.

Take the short walk from near Pyengana to St Columba Falls.

Charter a fishing boat or yacht and head offshore from St Helens, or spend an hour or two in the St Helens History Room.

See the spectacular Peron Dunes in the St Helens Recreation Reserve.

North from St Helens, visit The Gardens and Bay of Fires Coastal Reserves near Binalong Bay.

Unspoiled East Coast

Unspoiled beauty is everywhere on Tasmanias East Coast in an experience which includes some of the best natural attractions of the island state.

Binalong Bay North-East Tas.  Tourism Tas and Rick Eaves
Binalong Bay North-East Tas. Tourism Tas and Rick Eaves

The Friendly Beaches, Sleepy Bay, Wineglass Bay, The Hazards and 485 metre Mt Dove make Freycinet Peninsula one of Tasmania's wonders.

Wineglass Bay is said to be among the most beautiful bays in the world and it is certainly worth the initially stiff climb through country, which has the surreal qualities of a prehistoric landscape in the jagged, striking disorder of its great natural beauty.

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.

Relish the challenge

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.

At Coles Bay a plunge in the sea at Richardsons Beach is a champagne experience, brushing away the everyday and charging mind and body with the pure pleasure of being alive in such a place.

Mt Amos-Wineglass Bay  Tourism Tas and Chris McLennan
Mt Amos-Wineglass Bay Tourism Tas and Chris McLennan

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 triabunna@tasvisinfo.com.au

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.

To find caravan parks along the route.

Click Caravan Parks on the GoSeeAustralia Home Page. Click the State or Territory being toured on the map of Australia which appears. Then Click the destination you plan to stop at in the alphabetical listings of centres. There are about 2700 caravan parks in GoSeeAustralia's data base.

To refine the search on caravan parks and destinations.

Click Advanced Search on the Left hand side of the GoSeeAustralia Home Page.

Click Caravan Parks. A green dot will appear in the circle. Select a state or territory in the drop down box. Click it in. Now search by caravan park chain. Click the box next to the chain logo required. A green tick comes up.

Try Family Parks of Australia for example. Now click the option boxes required. For example - Ensuite Sites. Click the box to add a green tick. Now go to Key word.

Key in Coles Bay . Then click Search. Iluka Holiday Centre will come up.

Click the caravan park name. Now the GoSeeAustralia listing for Iluka Holiday centre is displayed. The Iluka Holiday Centre email and website link is at left. Click it and everything about the BIG4 Holiday Park is on tap.

This Advanced Search method will also show the 22,000 attractions and destinations on GoSeeAustralia. Just add a green dot with a click in the eight Advanced Search Options which include Information Articles, Forum Threads and Events under the GoSeeAustralia Search heading.

A Search on All GoSeeAustralia will provide everything on the site related to the search word. This can also be done from the unique Multi-Search box on the top right of the GoSeeAustralia Home Page.

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