Explore Tasmania's Great Eastern Drive

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RACV members who visit Tasmania this winter will be eligible for exclusive offers from businesses along the Great Eastern Drive.

One of Australia’s most dramatic coastal drives, the area from Orford to St Helens, takes in Maria Island National Park, Freycinet National Park, Bay of Fires Conservation Area and Douglas Apsley National Park.

Orford, just over an hour’s drive from Hobart, was established as a mainland port for the convict settlement on Maria Island. The island is a 30-minute passenger ferry ride from the visitor centre in Triabunna, 10 minutes’ drive north of Orford.

Orford to St Helens

While it takes about four hours to travel from Orford to St Helens, it’s more fun to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way.

Take time at a winery, taste fresh oysters, go for a horse ride or just settle into a place to stay for the night.

Break your journey at Swansea and visit the Bark Mill Tavern and Bakery – Australia’s only restored black wattle bark mill.

Not far from Swansea is the turn-off to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park, a spectacular coastal region. At Freycinet National Park (park fees apply), walk to a choice of locations, including climbing the trail to the Wineglass Bay Lookout.

Continue north to Bicheno and see little penguins parading around beach-side burrows after dark.

See Tasmanian devils, wombats and other wildlife at East Coast Natureworld, just 8km north of Bicheno or visit the Douglas Apsley National Park.

Continue north and finish at St Helens and the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

RACV and RACT accommodation

Book direct with RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel and members receive 25% off accommodation all year round.