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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 Italian in Bicheno

Pasinis

This expertly managed outfit does Italian staples such as antipasto plates, wood-fired pizzas and lasagne – but oh, so much better than most. The breakfasts border on artisanal, the pastas and gnocchi are homemade a…
Top Choice Cafe in Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park

Tombolo Freycinet

Local wines and seafood, superb wood-fired pizzas (try the Salty Sea Dog version) and the best coffee in town (Villino, roasted in Hobart), all served on a trim little deck overlooking the main street with views to …
Top Choice Bar in St Helens

Crossroads Wine Bar & Cafe

Named after the Robert Johnson blues classic, this surprising find is one of the east coast's only regular live-music venues: there are blues, country and rock gigs most Friday nights. On other evenings, the owners …
Top Choice Seafood in Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park

Freycinet Marine Farm

Super-popular Freycinet Marine Farm grows huge, succulent oysters (a dozen shucked/unshucked $20/10) in the tidal waters of Moulting Lagoon. Also for your consideration are mussels, rock lobsters, scallops and abalo…
Top Choice Seafood in Swansea

Melshell Oysters

In the soupy back reaches of Moulting Lagoon, about 16km northeast of Swansea off Dolphin Sands Rd (itself off Swan River Rd – follow the signs), Melshell is a quirky caravan behind the dunes selling local Pacific o…
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…