The two largest towns on the east coast are Bicheno and St Helens - both busy fishing ports, so expect some of the freshest seafood around.
St Helens offers all the services of a busy town with a positively laid back vibe, and that’s just the way the locals and visitors like it.There’s no shortage of eateries and shops to hang out in.
It is also close to the perfect white sandy beaches, lichen-covered granite boulders and crystal clear waters of Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires.
You can do the one hour return walk to the Point, where you can go sandboarding on the spectacular Peron Dunes.
There’s a reason why Bicheno is one of the east coast’s most popular holiday destinations - a mild climate, sparkling ocean beaches, beautiful coastal scenery, fresh seafood and a huge choice of great places to stay, from beachside camping to five star luxury.
Visit East Coast Natureworld (sea opposite), 8km north of Bicheno - a great place to seeTasmanian devils, wombats, snakes and birdlife, many in a natural environment.The kids will love hand feeding the animals.
Offshore, the Governor Island Marine Reserve has some of the best diving spots in Australia, with kelp-covered reefs and spectacular sponge gardens,This water wonderland can also be experienced by glass-bottomed boat (see below.)
From Bicheno its a short drive around to the spectacular Coles Bay and the world famous Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park.
The 10,000 ha park is home toTasmanian pademelons, white-breasted sea eagles, red-necked wallabies - and in season offers spectacular displays of a wide variety of native orchids.
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