Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

Sheathed in coastal heaths, orchids and wild flowers, gorgeous Freycinet incorporates Freycinet Peninsula, people-free Schouten Island and the lesser-known Friendly Beaches north of Coles Bay. An improbably photogen…
Top Choice Winery in Swansea

Devil’s Corner

Below a devilishly tight turn on the Tasman Hwy, Devil’s Corner is one of Tasmania’s largest vineyards, run by the estimable Brown Brothers company. The mod cellar door here overlooks Moulting Lagoon, beyond which i…
Top Choice Museum in Bicheno

Bicheno Motorcycle Museum

Andrew Quin got his first Honda at age four, and has been hooked on motorbikes ever since. You don’t have to be an aficionado, though, to visit his wonderful museum out the back of his bike-repair shop. It’s all shi…
Top Choice Waterfall in Pyengana

St Columba Falls

Further into the Pyengana Valley from the cheese factory and the pub you'll find St Columba Falls, Tasmania's highest. Here the South George River takes a spectacular 90m plunge off the hillside – particularly impre…
Top Choice Beach in Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park

Friendly Beaches

This windswept ocean beach is signposted from the main road about 26km north of Coles Bay. A five-minute walk leads from the car park to a vantage point: tumbling surf, an abandoned stretch of sand and views seeming…
Top Choice Bridge in Swansea

Spiky Bridge

About 7km south of Swansea is the rather amazing Spiky Bridge, built by convicts in the early 1840s using thousands of local fieldstones (yes, they're spiky). The main east-coast road used to truck right across it, …
Farm in Scottsdale & Around

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Near Nabowla, 22km west of Scottsdale, is the turn-off to the largest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere, producing lavender oil for the perfume industry. The purple fields in flowering season (mid-December to…
National Park in Maria Island National Park

Maria Island National Park

The car-free Maria Island was declared a national park in 1972. Its chequered history provides some interesting UNESCO World Heritage–listed convict and industrial ruins among exquisite natural features: forests, mo…
Wildlife Reserve in Maria Island National Park

Birds & Animals

Lucky twitchers might spot the endangered forty-spotted pardalote on Maria, or perhaps the aptly named swift parrot. You’ll certainly see Cape Barren geese waddling around (and depositing their dietary byproducts on…
Island in Bicheno

Diamond Island

Off the northern end of Redbill Beach is this photogenic granite outcrop, connected to the mainland via a short, semi-submerged, sandy isthmus, which you can wade across. Time your expedition with low tide – otherwi…