Things to Do


When you embark on the Great Eastern Drive, you’ll need to come with an appetite. This journey will lead you to many of Tasmania’s most delicious experiences in some of its most beautiful locations. The east coast’s mild climate creates perfect growing conditions for the state’s premium fresh produce, from sweet berries and nuts to fine cool climate wines, award-winning cheeses and the freshest seafood imaginable. The region has long attracted passionate growers, producers, winemakers, cheesemakers and chefs, whose creations are just waiting for you to try.

Take a weekend, a few days or longer to explore, feast and wander. Break your journey at a B&B with an ocean view, a luxury lodge or coastal retreat and, when you need time to digest all those delicious flavours you’ve been spoiling yourself with, grab a taste of some of the region’s most memorable experiences—kayak along the coast, take a cruise to the east coast’s famed beaches, or work up a fresh appetite on some of Australia’s best walks.

So, take to the road on the Great Eastern Drive, and follow our suggestions for getting off the main highway and experiencing a true food lover’s adventure.


Orford to Triabunna and Swansea

Orford In Orford, you’ll experience your first taste of beautiful east coast beaches, including Raspins, Millingtons, Spring and Rheban. Take a stroll or swim or enjoy some of the great walks from Orford, including the coastal walk between Shelley Beach…

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Bicheno to Scamander

The coastline between Bicheno and Scamander is known as the Surf Coast, and the beaches here offer surfers reliable swells year round, with crystal clear waves rolling into smooth white sand just about everywhere you look. You’ll find surf shops…

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How long will I need, where will I stay?

How long will I need? Your Great Eastern Drive road trip can take anywhere from a weekend to a few days, a week or longer. Whatever your passion is—from exploring the east coast’s stunning natural places, to sampling the region’s…

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How to have the coastal road trip of a lifetime on the Great Eastern Drive

It’s not hard to take a good picture of Tasmania’s east coast. This is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and postcard-perfect photo opportunities—which is why Facebook and Instagram feeds are always filled with stunning images, captured by visitors to…

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