Please see below a list of helpful information in preparing for your trip as well as while you’re travelling along east coast Tasmania. Remember that there are free WiFi spots along the coast so if you need to refer to this page while you’re on the road you can easily do that.
Free WiFi is available in eight regions along Tasmania’s east coast. In these locations the first hour is free, with additional unlimited access for selected websites. Check the page for each location for a listing of participating websites.
- Buckland Road House, Tasman Hwy, Buckland
- Gateway Café & Restaurant, Charles St, Orford
- Triabunna Visitor Information Centre, Charles St, Triabunna
- Swansea Visitor Information Centre, Noyes St, Swansea
- Pasini’s Café, Wine Bar & Deli, Burgess Street, Bicheno
- Freycinet Adventures, Freycinet Drive, Coles Bay
- St Marys Hotel, Main St, St Marys
- St Helens Wharf Area Precinct, Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens
Tasmania’s east coast has a temperate maritime climate, with mild average temperatures and four distinct seasons. Tasmania’s average maximum summer temperatures range between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius (62-73 degrees Fahrenheit) with winter temperatures of between three and 11 degrees Celsius (37 and 51 degrees Fahrenheit).
The weather on Tasmania’s east coast is often milder and more settled than other parts of the island, thanks to the moderating influence of the ocean. Here, you’ll enjoy long summer days, crisp, clear winters, mild autumn weather and the vibrant freshness of spring.
Weather conditions in Tasmania can chance quickly, so make sure you’re well equipped with adequate clothing, sun and rain protection, and check local weather reports before you travel.
For detailed local weather reports and forecasts, visit: http://www.bom.gov.au/tas
Tasmania’s airports in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie all service regular commercial arrivals and departures. All airport terminals also include car rentals, café and bar facilities.
Hobart is serviced by regular flights by Qantas, Qantas Link, Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Tiger airlines. Launceston Airport has regular services to and from mainland capitals by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Tiger Airways.
Devonport and Burnie offer smaller airports with regular turboprop services to the mainland.
You can travel to Tasmania with your own car, campervan or caravan aboard the Spirit of Tasmania’s two car and passenger ferries, the Spirit of Tasmania I and II. Overnight crossings between Melbourne and Devonport depart daily year-round, with additional day crossings available during peak holiday times. Both ferries also offer restaurants, bars, a cinema and shops.
- 1800 884 305 (please note: booking fees apply for telephone bookings)
There are a number of bus services accessing the east coast:
Calows Coaches operate a daily return service between St Helens and Launceston during school terms. During school holidays there is no Saturday service. Calows also operates a return service from Bicheno to Launceston and Bicheno to St Helens each Monday-Friday and Sunday. A connection to Hobart is also available via Tassielink. (Please note: timetables may be subject to change on public holidays).
- 03 63762161
TassieLink provides a service from Hobart to Bicheno four days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) with connections through the Bicheno Coach Service to Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay.
- 1300 300 520
Bicheno Coach Service
- Freycinet Connections Website
- 03 6257 0293
- 0419 570293
Please note: bookings are required for all services
distances and driving times
Tasmania’s east coast region encompasses 220 kilometres of coastline, and infinite options for exploring. The region is easily accessible from Hobart or Launceston and towns and attractions along the coast are all within an easy drive of each other. The Great Eastern Drive, which stretches between St Helens in the north and Orford in the south, extends over 176 kilometres of highway and roads that are a pleasure to drive, and will lead you to some of the region’s best experiences. To help plan your visit, and make the most of your Tasmanian east coast holiday, check our travel times and driving distances here.
mobile phone reception
Depending on your mobile phone provider, you may experience limited or no mobile phone reception at some locations on the east coast. The Telstra and Optus networks offer coverage in most locations, with Vodaphone (who are planning more reception towers along the east coast) currently offering limited coverage. Check your mobile phone provider’s coverage maps for more information.
visitor information centres
You’ll find Visitor Information Centres along the east coast at St Helens, Bicheno, Swansea and Triabunna. Take time to drop in and find great advice and information to help make the most of your time on Tasmania’s east coast and the Great Eastern Drive.
Visitor Information Centres are open seven days a week and offer free information and advice including: itinerary planning, booking accommodation, transport and tours, local attractions, events and things to do, retail and service centres, road information, maps and directions. You’ll also have access to the invaluable local knowledge of Visitor Information Centre staff, who all know and love the east coast.
Look for the distinctive blue and yellow ‘i’ sign, or, for contact details of Visitor Information Centres on the east coast, go to the website here.
winter opening hours
If you’re travelling to the east coast in winter, please be aware that some businesses in the region are seasonal, and do not operate year-round. Before you travel, be sure to contact individual operators direct, or check operator websites to confirm opening hours, tour departure times and booking requirements.