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Travel guide East Coast

Looking for quiet, relaxing colonial ambience?
By Linda Hayes

Sanda House is a delightful, heritage listed, stone house, set in cottage gardens and with a friendly dog. Only ten minutes walk to long, often empty, beaches. A cliff walk to Spring Beach, looking out to Maria Island, is well worth doing. If you are looking for somewhere that still looks and feels like 1840 with a whimsical, soothing ambience, a garden and orchard to walk around, (picking a piece of fruit, in season, as you go) with no traffic noise, comfy chairs on the verandah, ten mins walk to cafes, river and beach? Then, you've found it! Known locally as the old Post Office (1876-1940) it is nestled in an acre of cottage garden, chooks, orchard and vege patch.  The house is built from local field and sandstone - very romantic and private, especially the Rose room. Four bed... Read more

Freycinet Sea Cruises (Tour)
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6257 0355 or info@freycinetseacruises.com
Freycinet Sea Cruises offers coastal tours from Coles Bay near Freycinet National Park. Join Rastus the dolphin spotting dog and his passionate crew as we take you where no walk can.Explore the absolute serenity of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast and let this magical journey of a lifetime revitalise your senses. Locally owned and operated this dedicated team will help you collect data of selected wildlife observations for the nature conservation branch of Tasmania, making this an essential part of this tourism product. We provide the binoculars and let nature do the rest - Humpback, Southern Right, and Orca Whales, Dolphins, Seals, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Albatross and prolific marine bird life are frequently sighted and recorded.Freycinet Sea Cruises offer two cruises a... Read more

Freycinet Experience Walk
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6223 7565, 1800 506 003 or walk@freycinet.com.au
Freycinet Experience Walk is a guided trek along the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. The four-day walk involves both coastal and mountain walking.The Freycinet Experience Walk takes you along deserted beaches, up pink granite Mount Graham and through the heart of the rich native heathlands of the Freycinet National Park, including Wineglass Bay.Each evening you return to the award-winning and environmentally sensitive Friendly Beaches Lodge for an evening meal featuring local produce and regional wines. You have the added luxury of a hot shower before sleeping in a comfortable bed.The Walk covers between 30 and 37 kilometres depending on which walking option you choose. Regardless of your route choice you will travel from the southern to the north tip of the Freycinet Penins... Read more

Freycinet Air
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6375 1694 or freyair@bigpond.com.au
Freycinet Air operates scenic flights over the east coast from Friendly Beaches, near Coles Bay. The company has been operating since 1997 and offers scenic flights in their Cessna 172s, which have a maximum capacity of three passengers.Tasmania's east coast is a is one of the most stunning in Australia. From the islands of Maria and Schouten to the Freycinet Peninsula with its pink granite mountains, you fly over long stretches of unspoilt ocean beaches and rugged headlands; a highlight is an aerial view of Wine Glass Bay.Freycinet Air also operates scenic flights to Maria Island, and the historical settlement of Darlington. Freycinet Air flies from Friendly Beaches Airfield, located 18 kilometres north of Coles Bay. Turn off the Swansea - Bicheno road (Highway A3) into Coles Bay Road (... Read more

Freycinet Adventures
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6257 0500 or info@freycinetadventures.com.au
Freycinet Adventures offers award-winning sea kayak tours of the Freycinet Peninsula. The family run business is committed to delivering a quality service to visitors. Freycinet Adventures has a highly experienced and devoted team of outdoor expert... Read more

Bicheno's Glass Bottom Boat
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6375 1294
Bicheno’s Glass Bottom Boat operates from Bicheno, on Tasmania's east coast from September through April.
The cool temperate waters offer excellent viewing of the creatures that live there and the luxuriant and rarely seen plant life is a spectac... Read more

Bicheno Penguin Tours
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6375 1333 or bichenopenguin@yahoo.com.au
Bicheno Penguin Tours takes you to see fairy penguins at dusk on Tasmania’s east coast.
The nightly evening tours offer a rare and thrilling chance to visit a private rookery. You can watch the fairy penguins (also known as the little penguin) eme... Read more

Review - 9 Mile Escape
By Hannah Kothe

9-Mile Escape - Winner Best Beach Accommodation While you won’t find the winner of the TakeABreak National Award for the best beach accommodation of 2008 and 2009 in the place you’d expect, its surprising location only increases its charm. The Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town for 2007, Swansea on the east coast of Tasmania, isn’t what immediately springs to mind when you think of superb oceans views, magical sunsets and soft white sand, but nonetheless 9-Mile Escape is certainly a worthy winner of this award, with its pristine beach location and superb accommodation. The town of Swansea lies on Tassie’s ‘Sunshine Coast’, a stretch of peaceful coastline dotted with delightful historic towns and superb views that rival Victoria’s popular Great Oc... Read more

Sensational Swansea
By Lisa Monk

The coastal town of Swansea in Tasmania has won the prestigious title of Australia’s Tidiest Town for 2007.  In a clean sweep of the awards, Swansea also took out the Heritage and Culture category, sponsored by TakeABreak.com.au who, together with Keep Australia Beautiful, developed the Tidy Towns Travel initiative. Swansea is a growing holiday destination for both domestic and international visitors, with particular appeal for those who love combining holidays with history.  The town boasts a substantial number of historic homes and buildings and heritage restoration is a major priority.  It sits on the Great Oyster Bay across from the rugged mountains of the Freycinet National Park and this idyllic location, combined with the beauty of the old buildings, makes Swans... Read more

Terrific Tasmania
By Penny Parsons

Tasmania’s Effervescent East Discover Launceston and the many roads to Hobart. There are many things to do in Tasmania at any time of the year. If it’s not the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race, it's the cool-climate wine regions, gourmet produce and Hobart’s Cascade beer. Tasmania is usually remembered as being the ‘Apple Isle’, or for Hobart and the convict settlements that were housed nearby. We’re going to start in the North East with Launceston, home of Boag’s. Brewery tours are one of Launceston’s most popular attractions. Launceston is Australia’s third oldest city, behind Sydney and Hobart, quite a claim to fame really, but probably one on the whole overlooked. It is the second largest city in Tasmania, the main city ... Read more

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