Tasmania Road Trip
Quick Facts of East Coast Tasmania
- white beaches, fresh oysters, sparkling wines
- famous for Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park
1. Where did we stay at East Coast Tasmania?
We were looking at the resort around Coles Bay area that has a nice sea view. There is a super high-end resort Saffire Freycinet – beautiful luxury designer suites that cost minimum $2,000 AUD per night! 😅 As much as we wish to stay there, but we also have a long trip to Australia, so it’s better to save
some (a lot of) money for this time.
We booked the resort next door –Edge Of The Bay Resort, that is literally just 5 minutes car ride away. $416 per night!
Edge Of The Bay is quite a simple resort, beautiful view, room was comfortable but don’t expect anything too luxury (although it wasn’t cheap either)… No breakfast provided, but a short 5 minutes drive to the local town will get you cafes, gas station, fish and chips shop and mini-mart.
- ocean view from the room
- easy access to the beach
- friendly wallabies everywhere (if you have cherries)
- tennis court, laundry room and a nice restaurant (The Edge Restaurant) at the property
- quiet and peaceful property
- no breakfast, no room service
- wifi is quite slow (but it helped us just turn off the phone and relax)
- tap water is a bit brownish due to the tinting from the local tea tree (just bring your own water)
2. Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk
Wineglass Bay Lookout is a 3km return hike located in Freycinet National Park Tasmania. The closest town is Coles Bay, where we were staying for 2 nights.
Of course, there are much more to do than a simple walk around Wineglass Bay. You can do a short 10 minutes walk, 2 hours walk, half a day walk, kayaking, overnight walk, scenic drive, rock climbing, fishing etc. You can read about all the activities you can do at Wineglass Bay, more information here.
The hike to the national park is not free. There’s a self-paying box outside the park. We put in $24 per car (up to 8 people).
We did a 1.5 hours return walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout. The track is fairly easy with the steep uphill walk on a rocky, well-constructed track within the Freycinet National Park.
Hike for 30-45 minutes before reaching the lookout.
3. Wine Tasting at East Coast Tasmania
East coast Tasmania has a mild and cool climate that is perfect for wine grapes growing and fresh seafood. It has natural amphitheatre around Freycinet that trap the heat for the grapes to ripen up.
20% of the Tasmanian wine grapes are grown on the east coast. Grapes varieties like Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Noir are growing exceptionally well here.
We have shortlisted Freycinet Vineyard, Devil’s Corner, Milton’s Vineyard and Spring Vale Vineyards to visit. Unfortunately, Spring Vale was closed (4pm) by the time we reach there.
3.1 Freycinet Vineyard
Freycinet Vineyard was the pioneer winery in Tasmania east coast. A small humble-looking winery just off the main road, with vineyard above 100m sea level and just 20km from the coast.
Planted on amphitheatre slopes and sheltered valley, brown dermosol soils over Jurassic dolerite ( warm, shallow, stony and free draining soil with clay/loam texture). Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling are highly rated by James Halliday.
15919 Tasman Highway
Between Bicheno and Swansea
(7km south of Coles Bay/Freycinet National Park Turn Off)
everyday 10 am – 4pm (May-Sep), 10am-5pm (Oct- Apr)
3.2 Devil’s Corner – Brown Brothers
Devil’s corner cellar door on the east coast is one of the most beautiful cellar doors we have visited in Tasmania. Panoramic views of the majestic Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula behind the cellar door. Apart from the wines, freshly shucked oysters and seafood, woodfired pizzas, gelato and coffee are available there too.
Owned by the big company Brown Brothers, it is a little commercial and the cellar door was quite crowded with wine lovers and tourists.
Overall, I reckon this is a must-visit in east coast Tasmania no matter you are wine lovers or not. It has beautiful wines, even if you’re not wine drinkers there are other foods and drinks served with the beautiful view of Freycinet Peninsular.
Sherbourne Road, Apslawn, Tasmania
(10 Mins South of Bicheno)
7 days a week 10 am – 5 pm.
3.3 Milton Vineyard
Milton is a small family vineyard located in the dry sunny Freycinet Coast of Tasmania. Cellar door facing the vineyards and a beautiful lake, it also won the 2017 Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award.
I find the Pinot Noir here was quite structured and deep, which has good ageing potential. Sophie’s Restaurant that overlooking the vineyard and lake view is an ideal place for lunch too.
Lunch: 11:30 to 4:30, closed Tuesdays
Address: 14635 Tasman Highway, Swansea 7190
Open: 10am – 5pm daily
4. What To Eat around Coles Bay
It’s not a big town really so don’t be surprised there are not too many food options available. There are only 6 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor in Coles Bay and we have already tried 4 out of 6 of them. 👏
Both restaurants have good sea view and reservations are strongly recommended. The food in The Edge is cheaper comparing to The Bay, but both were delicious.
If you’re not prepared to pay lots of money for a meal, then head to Freycinet Marine Farm (Address: 1784 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215). Fresh seafood like oysters, sea urchins, scallops with local wines are served there. It’s more like an outdoor canteen that served the freshest seafood. A must-visit place for food if you are at Coles Bay for the first time!
That’s how we spent our trip in East Coast Tasmania. Had some relaxing time, enjoying the beautiful coastal view, some scenic hiking, fresh seafood and continue to
drink taste more Tasmanian wines.
East Coast is beautiful and peaceful, it is a much smaller town comparing to Launceston and Hobart but with lots of wildlife and untouched nature. A good place to just switch off the phone for few days and just live!
Have you been to Tasmania before? Which other places that you would recommend when visiting?
Have you tried Tasmanian wine before (can you find them in your local wine store?)
If yes which label is it?
- Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk – http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=1472
- James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
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