The East Coast

The East Coast of Tasmania, from St Helens through to Orford, is stunning in its beauty and is virtually unspoilt. The beaches are long, wide and white, the offshore islands untouched and the lifestyle laid back in typical beachside towns like Scamander, Bicheno and Swansea.

Explore the beauty of Tasmania’s East Coast with the family

The main town is St Helens with all the amenities you would expect and the base from where you can explore the fantastic East Coast entertainment on offer at 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, which look like they’re out of a movie. Gravity Isle MTV Shuttles helps you access the epic Bay of Fires trail or the Gravity Trails at Flagstaff without much hassle. These mountain bike trails can be gruelling enough depending on the weather, so getting comfortable transport to and from these nature escapes can make for an enjoyable family activity on the East Coast. With a LetsGoKids voucher that gives you 5 per cent off the total order when booked online, getting to these unreal trails only gets easier!

The Bayside Hotel is a great place to stay while in St Helens. Located on the edge of the magnificent Georges Bay, the views are glorious and the Hotel is the perfect venue from which to explore the East Coast. 

The holiday haven of Bicheno has a mild climate, sparkling ocean beaches, beautiful coastal scenery, fresh seafood and a huge range of activities. You can go sea kayaking and snorkelling at the marine park at Governor’s Island or take a seasonally operated glass bottom boat. Enjoy the 40 minutes of fun and education that the glass bottom provides – it gives kids a whole new way of seeing Bicheno’s marine life. The boat offers unrivalled views of Tasmania’s marine life and the nearby Governor Island, while penguin tours off the coast means the family can see the best of Tasmania’s wildlife. The area is centred around pristine water – if you head down to Bicheno in the summer then make sure you bring bathers for some stunning days out on the coast. Tours run between September to April weather permitting.

East Coast Natureworld will be the kids favourite, they can hand feed the animals and meet some unique Tasmanian wildlife that they’ll never forget! One of the best things to do on the East Coast is to spend a day with these animals – everyone in the family will love interacting with a range of furry friends!

The pretty town of Coles Bay is a great base to explore the Freycinet National Park with its spectacular coastal scenery that includes famous Wineglass Bay, which is rated as one of the ten best beaches in the world. It’s surrounding mountains and fresh blue waters make it look like it should be in North Queensland, but this Tasmanian gem is perfect for photos and a walk along the sand. Take a sea kayak tour or cruise the Peninsula by air, under sail, on an eco-cruise or on land with a Quad Bike tour! The views are stunning, so any way to see this spectacular part of the world must be pounced on while indulging in some family activities along Tasmania’s East Coast.

Paintball can be played in many places, but it’s hard to beat busting out the camouflage clothing in the gorgeous Tasmanian bushland. The East Coast is a superb place to indulge in a family activity that kids will love – Freycinet Paintball is located near Coles Bay. With an undercover bar that overlooks Moulting Lagoon, and low-cost campgrounds available, Freycinet Paintball isn’t just an afternoon experience – you can stay there as a family and really soak up the fun and games in a beautiful part of the world.

Families love the tranquillity and free space that the kids have on the East Coast – head on down now for some Tasmanian beauty!

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