East Coast Tasmania is one of the state’s most widely renowned regions, reputed for its enchanting coastal views, dramatic landscapes, cosy seaside towns and premium seafood. Explore the region’s national parks and look out over pink-granite mountains and make the most of the crystal-clear waters along the East Coast beaches. Farm-fresh local produce is perfectly paired with the day’s catch and served throughout the port towns and seaside hamlets that fringe this spectacular coastline.

The region’s largest towns are Bicheno and St. Helens. In Bicheno, find barrelling surf and laid-back beach culture as well as fantastic foreshore walking trails and fishing spots. Encounter some of the region’s wildlife at East Coast Natureworld. Join a special guided tour to see little penguins and Tasmanian devils. Governor Island Marine Reserve is the ideal spot to see the rich marine life on a snorkelling trip or glass-bottom boat tour. St. Helens is the gateway to the East Coast’s magnificent Bay of Fires. Sample locally grown cool-climate wines and snap photographs of the sun setting over the bay’s geological formations, tinted with eye-catching red lichen.

Spend time exploring the secluded bays and native forests of Freycinet National Park. Situated on the Freycinet Peninsula, this protected area is home to Wineglass Bay, a pristine sweep of white sand lapped by aquamarine-coloured water, and the Hazards Range with their pink granite peaks. Swim, snorkel and explore rock pools with the kids at Coles Bay.

Inland, you’ll find the stunning canyons and waterfalls of the Douglas-Apsley National Park. See wildflowers amid the rugged peaks of Mount William.

At establishments ranging from reputable restaurants to local fish and chip shops, East Coast Tasmania serves up some of the freshest seafood in the country. Don’t miss trying regional pinot noir and freshly shucked oysters.

Tasmania’s East Coast is best explored via the Great Eastern Drive, an exciting road-trip route that hugs the coast between Buckland in the south and the Bay of Fires in the north.

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Top Hotels in East Coast Tasmania

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Freycinet Lodge
4 out of 5
Coles Bay Road, Freycinet
$154/night
Aug 15 - Aug 16
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,015 reviews)

"Lovely location most staff friendly and helpful our shower door would not close other than that a great experience"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2019

Freycinet Lodge
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Beachfront At Bicheno
4 out of 5
232 Tasman Highway, Bicheno
$76/night
Jul 18 - Jul 19
4.3/5Excellent! (681 reviews)

"Basic hotel, sufficient for a night's rest. Near the Blowhole, Penguin Tours and about half hour away from Wineglass Bay"…"

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Beachfront At Bicheno
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Stewarts Bay Lodge
3.5 out of 5
6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur
$108/night
Aug 1 - Aug 2
4.5/5Wonderful! (599 reviews)

"Our log cabin was beautiful, set in the bush overlooking a beach, extremely peaceful and relaxing. The onsite restaurant had a good food and wine menu, delicious."…"

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Stewarts Bay Lodge

Popular things to do in East Coast Tasmania

Freycinet National Park
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Freycinet National Park

Taste fresh oysters, climb pink granite mountain cliffs, laze on stunning beaches and swim with dolphins at this national park on Tasmania’s east coast.

Wineglass Bay
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Wineglass Bay

Hike through native bushland and be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of this sweep of white sand protected by pink granite mountains in Freycinet National Park.

Port Arthur Historic Site
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Port Arthur Historic Site

Step back into Tasmania’s past as a penal colony and learn about the lives of convicts who were sent to one of the harshest settlements in the British Empire.

Fortescue Bay
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Fortescue Bay

Enjoy an outing to Fortescue Bay during your stay in Fortescue. Amble around this relaxing area's waterfront and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

St Helens Waterfront
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St Helens Waterfront

Relax on a grassy reserve or take a seat at a restaurant overlooking George’s Bay to enjoy the views of St Helen’s marina precinct.

Bicheno Blowhole
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Bicheno Blowhole

Get sprayed by salty water from up close or witness the power of nature from a safe distance at this powerful natural water feature in a dramatic coastal setting.

Top activities in East Coast Tasmania

Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site
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Entry Pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site

$9

Choose this entry pass to explore one of Australia's most fascinating historic sites—Port Arthur. Valid for 2 consecutive days, there's plenty of time to venture through the expansive site, which includes more than 30 of Port Arthur's impressive buildings, interesting museums, and colorful gardens.

Full-Day Tasman Peninsula Cruise & Tasmanian Devil Park Tour
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Full-Day Tasman Peninsula Cruise & Tasmanian Devil Park Tour

$172

Immerse yourself in the unforgettable wilderness of Tasmania on this tour that combines a cruise along the coastline of the Tasman Peninsula and a visit to Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park.

Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour
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Full-Day Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour

$95

Join us for a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, Tassie Devil Feeding, chocolate tasting and much more! We take an early start from Hobart and head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.

Port Arthur Shore Excursion: Tour of the Tasman Peninsula
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Port Arthur Shore Excursion: Tour of the Tasman Peninsula

$63

This tour is exclusively for Cruise Ship passengers, while their ship is docked at Port Arthur. Spend up to 4 hours touring the Tasman Peninsula, departing from Port Arthur Historic Site.

The Ultimate Australia Pass
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The Ultimate Australia Pass

$139

Explore some of Australia’s best sights and attractions across Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Tasmaniawhile saving up to 40 percent on general admission entry with the Ultimate Australia Pass.

Port Arthur & Tasman National Park Full-Day Tour from Hobart
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Port Arthur & Tasman National Park Full-Day Tour from Hobart

$96

Explore the restored buildings and ruins of Port Arthur Historic Site on this day tour from Hobart. Hear stories of the convict era on a guided walking tour and take a cruise on Carnarvon Bay around the Isle of the Dead. Leave Hobart behind and travel via coach to Port Arthur.