48 hours exploring the Great Eastern Drive Tasmania

Heading on holidays is an adventure in itself, yet when you plan a self-drive journey, otherwise known as a road trip, you get to explore a place at your leisure and have the opportunity to uncover unique destinations along the way. The Great Eastern Drive is located on the east coast of Tasmania and is easily accessible by both Hobart and Launceston via a short drive (just over one hour from Hobart and over two hours from Launceston). On this scenic trip you will discover some of Tasmania’s natural wonders including the picturesque Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay, as well as charming coastal towns and a number of great places to taste some of the delicious produce and wine that Tasmania is known for. 48 hours exploring the Great Eastern Drive Tasmania
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48 hours exploring the Great Eastern Drive Tasmania

A scenic road trip that takes in some of Tasmania’s iconic natural wonders.


Heading on holidays is an adventure in itself, yet when you plan a self-drive journey, otherwise known as a road trip, you get to explore a place at your leisure and have the opportunity to uncover unique destinations along the way.

The Great Eastern Drive is located on the east coast of Tasmania and is easily accessible by both Hobart and Launceston via a short drive (just over one hour from Hobart and over two hours from Launceston). On this scenic trip you will discover some of Tasmania’s natural wonders including the picturesque Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay, as well as charming coastal towns and a number of great places to taste some of the delicious produce and wine that Tasmania is known for.

Day one morning

Breakfast in St Helens

Start your journey with a hearty breakfast in St Helens, the largest town on Tasmania’s North-East Coast and overlooks Georges Bay. There are several cafés to choose from in this quaint town including Mohr & Smith and The Lifebuoy Café & Quail Street Emporium which are located a short walk away from each other. 

A tour of Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires is a beautiful region of white beaches, granite rocks, untouched wilderness and the perfect place to spend your morning exploring. From St Helens, drive north just under 15 minutes until you reach Binalong Bay, the gateway to the Bay of Fires. Take a two and half hour Bay of Fires Eco Tour, departing daily from Binnalong Bay, which covers 28km of stunning coastline with a return journey via the water. 

Lunch at Blue Shed Restaurant in St Helens

Returning to St Helens, it’s time to sit down and enjoy a meal with a view at Blue Shed Restaurant with a menu that features only the freshest seasonal Tasmanian produce. Alternatively for a more casual affair, head to Captains Catch which is a part of the restaurant for takeaway fish and chips.  

Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, TAS

Day one afternoon

A walk in Freycinet National Park

Drive just under one hour and 15 minutes south to Freycinet National Park, home to granite mountains, beautiful bays and beaches and a great place for bird watching. There are many activities to fill your afternoon including visiting Wineglass Bay, considered one of the top ten beaches in the world.  Take a short one and half hour return walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout which provides impressive views of the coastline. 

Dinner at Saffire Freycinet

For a truly luxurious experience stay the night at Saffire Freycinet which overlooks the Great Oyster Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. Included in your stay is a degustation dinner at Palate restaurant, known for serving up gourmet dishes using premium local produce from the region. Compliment your meal with a Tasmanian wine from Saffire Freycinet’s extensive wine list. 

Tasmanian Devil at Saffire Freycinet, Freycinet, TAS

Day two morning

Breakfast at Saffire Freycinet

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Palate restaurant with panoramic views overlooking the Great Oyster Bay and surrounding mountains. The restaurant team at the resort design a menu daily ensuring you will never get the same meal twice during your stay. 

Get up close with a Tasmanian Devil

As part of your stay at Saffire Freycinet there are complimentary experiences that you can enjoy including the Tasmanian Devil Experience. An endangered species, the Tasmanian Devil is a carnivorous marsupial that can only be found in the wild in Tasmania. Saffire’s open-range enclosure gives you the unique opportunity to meet some of the resident population of Tasmanian Devils, learn more about the species and even have the chance to feed them.

Day two afternoon

Darlington Vineyard

From Swansea drive just over 40 minutes to Orford, a Tasmanian fishing town that is located at the mouth of the Prosser River. Spend the afternoon at Darlington Vineyard’s cellar door and sample their cool-climate wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

Dinner in Orford 

Finish your journey with dinner in Orford. Take a walk along the Esplanade for views of the Prosser River and you will come across Scorchers Pizza, a small restaurant that serves gourmet wood fired pizzas sure to satisfy a traveller’s stomach. Keep an eye out for Gateway Café on your walk, a perfect place to visit the next day to stock up on Tasmanian gourmet made produce.

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