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Coles Bay Aerial, Luke Tscharke

The East Coast

No matter where you base your family on the East Coast, you'll find adventure, beauty and delicious food (and wine!). The weather is calmer than in other parts of Tasmania and we often head there when we need to unwind and spend some quality time with each other. It's such a relaxed culture and all along the coast, you'll find local produce, seafood and amazing vineyards to complement.

Whilst we love to relax, our kids have endless energy! There are loads of great and unique activities for kids of all ages, and it's the perfect destination for camping or exploring on foot. We love the wildlife, too. Wallabies everywhere, Sea Eagles, Dolphins and Whales. You'll find loads of marine life and a number of fantastic wildlife encounters, too!

The East features a number of decent size towns, two being Bicheno and St Helens. The Bay of Fires, one of Lonely Planet's top 10 destinations in the world is just north of St Helens. The Surfs up at Scamander, with Coles Bay to the south next to Freycinet National Park, home to Wineglass Bay.

Head inland a short distance and you'll find delicious pancakes at St Marys, and you'll leave the coast for dry eucalyptus forests, once home to tin and gold miners and timber cutters. A number of small towns are littered throughout the mountains, many with great history rooms and local museums.

You'll also find Orford, Triabunna and Swansea; stunning coastal areas with secluded beaches and a range of activities. Triabunna is the port for the ferry to Maria Island.

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East This Aggy Grom

Images: Wineglass Bay and coastal sunset.

Towns 4 Kids Within This Region

Whilst this is not every town or small area along the East Coast, you'll find these places easily on a travel map. St Helens, Bicheno, Swansea and Orford are the largest towns with the most major services available.

  • Bicheno
  • Binalong Bay
  • Coles Bay
  • Orford
  • Scamander
  • St Helens
  • St Marys
  • Swansea
  • Triabunna / Maria Island
Bicheno Hopeislandliving
Douglasaspley Nomesloves

Images: Bicheno, and a waterhole within the Douglas Aspley National Park

What you should know

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