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St Marys Sports Centre - Golf Course

St Marys Sports Centre

Gray Road, St Marys, Tasmania, 7215
9036324 Phone Number: 61 03 6372 2177

St Marys Sports Centre provides a range of activities at St Marys on Tasmania’s east coast. You can choose between lawn bowls, golf, eight-ball and darts. There is a nine-hole golf course open seven days a week to the public. Local community members and visitors can play lawn bowls on the weekends and evenings. The centre is not open full hours daily, although bookings can be arranged for specific activities. There is a bowling rink for lawn bowls, golf clubs can be hired and a catering committee is available. The golf course (par 68) is situated around a football oval, race track and bowls green. The flat and well grassed course provides for easy walking. While you are in the region, plan a short day trip to the Douglas Apsley National Park. Enjoy a range of excellent bushwalks, sweeping coastlines and towering waterfalls. You can order pancakes at the famous Mt Elephant Pancake Barn nearby. Freycinet National Park and the Bay of Fires are also worth a visit for those who enjoy far-stretching pristine beaches. St Marys Sports Centre is a one hour and forty-minute drive east of Launceston (129 kilometres/80 miles).

Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve

Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve

A3, Swansea, Tasmania, 7190
9007404 Phone Number: 61 03 6257 8844

Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve is a conservation area south of Swansea on Tasmania’s east coast. The Reserve is 15 minutes’ drive from Swansea (20 kilometres/12 miles) and 90 minutes north east of Hobart (115 kilometres/71 miles). Mayfield Bay’s sandy beach and coastal area offers good camping, fishing, swimming, surfing and diving, as well as wonderful views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula. The reserve has shady trees and toilet facilities but you will need to bring your own drinking water and camping gear. This is a great spot to break your journey along the east coast, unpack a picnic and get out your camera. A little further north from Mayfield Bay you will find convict-built Spiky Bridge. This unusual looking bridge was built in the 1840s by a convict road gang. The bridge was built from local fieldstone with stones placed vertically along the parapet, giving the bridge its spiky appearance. It has been claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides. There are interpretation signs here which give you some good information about the nearby Rocky Hills Probation Outstation convict ruins.

Swansea Bark Mill and Tavern - exterior

Swansea Bark Mill and Tavern

96 Tasman Highway, Swansea, Tasmania, 7190
Email: barkmilltavern@bigpond.com
Website: www.barkmilltavern.com.au
9007453 Phone Number: 61 03 6257 8094
Fax Number: 61 03 6257 8721

The Bark Mill is a restored mill and museum in Swansea on Tasmania's east coast. The mill is Australia's only restored Black Wattle Bark Mill, and possibly the only one in the world. The fully working mill demonstrates how bark from local black wattle trees was once crushed for export across the world. The bark is the basic ingredient used in tanning. The mill was established in 1885 and continued operation until the early 1960s. A visit here gives a fascinating insight into the ancient art of milling bark. The museum depicts the early history of the oldest rural municipality in Australia. Individual working displays depict life as it was in the 1800s. The descendants of the original settlers have loaned many items and photographs to the exhibition. The Bark Mill complex is opened daily. In addition to the Museum is a Tavern and Bakery making this the ideal place for a stop. The tavern and bakery cater for all meals. A large car park, good access for disabled, well appointed rest rooms and children's playground completes the Bark Mill Tavern, Bakery and Museum complex. The Bark Mill is one hour 40 minutes' drive (134 kilometres) from Hobart.

Bay of Fires/The Gardens

Bay of Fires / The Gardens

C848, Binalong Bay, Tasmania, 7216
9007408 Phone Number: 61 03 6357 2108
Fax Number: 61 03 6223 8308

Bay of Fires is a picturesque region north of St. Helens on Tasmania's northeast coast. Experience the white beaches, blue water and granite splashed with orange lichen at the bay that was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773 in response to the many Aboriginal fires he saw burning on its shore. Beach activities and bird-watching are popular in this beautiful reserve or you may even view a pod of dolphins as they cruise along parallel to the beach. In the conservation area, which is at the southern end and is approached from St. Helens, there are camping grounds along a 13-kilometre (eight-mile) section of road that terminates at private land called The Gardens. From St. Helens, take Binalong Bay Road (C850) to the turnoff to the C848, which is signposted to The Gardens.


Kate's Berry Farm

12 Addison Street, (3 km south of Swansea), Swansea, Tasmania, 7190
Email: katesberryfarm@aapt.net.au
Website: www.katesberryfarm.com
9007258 Phone Number: 61 03 6257 8428
Fax Number: 61 03 6257 8428

An oasis, Kate's Berry Farm is located 3 kilometres south of Swansea on Tasmania's stunning East Coast. Kate's hugely popular Just Desserts Cafe, with its mouth watering menu, overlooks rows of berries to breathtaking views across Great Oyster Bay to the world renowned Freycinet National Park. Acclaimed for her truly outstanding cool climate berries, Kate offers a unique range of mouth watering quality produce and products that highlight what Tasmania does so well. Treat yourself to Kate's Handcrafted Chocolates or taste her unique range of sumptuous jams, sauces and jellies made from Kate's home grown fruits. Everything about Kate's Berry Farm reflects Kate's personal passion for Tasmania, her town, environment and creations. Kate and her dedicated team look forward to welcoming you to their own special paradise, Kate's Berry Farm.

Orford Golf Club

Orford Golf Club

75 Tasman Highway, Orford, Tasmania, 7190
Email: orfordgolf@keypoint.com.au
Website: www.orfordgolfclub.com.au
9036303 Phone Number: 61 03 6257 1249

Orford Golf Club is a nine hole course situated on Tasmania's east coast, with ideal playing conditions all year round. It is considered by the locals to be the best country course in the state. Flat, easy walking with scenic views to Maria Island, the coastline and a beautiful beach adjacent to the course. The club has a very friendly atmosphere in its newly renovated club house and visitors of affiliated golf clubs are most welcome. Competitions Thursdays and Saturdays. Length: Men 4634 Par: 68 Lenth: Ladies 4090 Par: 66

Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

C302, Coles Bay, Tasmania, 7215
Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au
9007401 Phone Number: 61 03 6256 7000
Fax Number: 61 03 6256 7090

Freycinet National Park with its pink granite mountains is a long peninsula jutting out into the Tasman Sea on Tasmania's east coast. The park is famous for Wineglass Bay, just one of its white sandy beaches and the pure clear turquoise waters that are perfect for sea kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving. The Hazard Range offer climbing abseiling and mountain walking, and the coastal heath lands have wonderful day walks. Take the short walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout. The American magazine, Outside, rates Wineglass Bay as one of the world's ten best beaches. For bird lovers there is the chance to see a white-bellied sea-eagle gliding overhead or large Australasian gannet diving for food in the ocean, or large yellow-tailed black cockatoos. In the busy and forested areas you will often see or hear small nectar-feeding birds such as eastern spinebill and yellow-throated, crescent or New Holland honeyeaters. For spectacular coastal views visit Cape Tourville lighthouse and take the cliff top walk. Coles Bay offers a range of accommodation and camping sites are available. Because the area is so popular over the Christmas/New Year period there is a ballot system drawn, so please check the Parks and Wildlife site.

Gone Rustic

Gone Rustic

37 Main Street, St Marys, Tasmania, 7215
Email: gonerustic@gmail.com
Website: www.gonerustic.wordpress.com
9107919 Phone Number: 61 03 6372 2724

Gone Rustic is a working studio and gallery in St. Marys, in North-East Tasmania. Gone Rustic features the work of award winning Tasmanian fibre and textile artist Rita Summers. Fibre and textile, mixed media art, quilts and other quality handmade items are on display and for sale. Rita also sells vintage, antique and retro collectibles. In addition, Rita hosts touring exhibitions at Gone Rustic during the year through Tasmanian Regional Arts, and regularly displays and sells the work of other artists and artisans as well as her own. Groups such as Rustic Ragamuffins and Journals Anonymous meet regularly at Gone Rustic for mutual inspiration, fun and friendship. To find out more, and to view or purchase Rita's art and collectibles online, please visit the Gone Rustic website. St Marys is a one hour and 40 minute drive (130 kilometres / 81 miles) East of Launceston.

Swansea Golf Club

Swansea Golf Club

Waterloo Pt Street, Swansea, Tasmania, 7190
9036327 Phone Number: 61 03 6257 8262

The Swansea Golf Club is a scenic, nine-hole course on the coast at Swansea. Swansea is 90 minutes north east of Hobart (134 kilometres/83 miles) and south east of Launceston (133 kilometres/82 miles). This well-maintained course features undulating, tree-lined fairways and small putting greens. The course is right on the coast at Waterloo Point, a short walk from the town centre and the views across Great Oyster Bay to the Freycinet Peninsula are breathtaking. Swansea is a well-supported community course with regular competitions and events. The club has ladies, veterans, juniors, social and members groups and hosts the four-day East Coast Open each Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. Club hire is available locally and you can enjoy a drink and snack in the club house after your round each Saturday and Wednesday afternoon. Holes: 9, Par: 62, Length: 3,824 metres, Australian Course Rating: 60.6.

Douglas-Apsley National Park

Douglas-Apsley National Park

A3, Bicheno, Tasmania, 7215
Website: www.parks.tas.gov.au
9007400 Phone Number: 61 03 6256 7000
Fax Number: 61 03 6256 7090

Douglas-Apsley National Park is located a few kilometres north of Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast. The beautiful park boasts dry sclerophyll forest and riverside walking tracks, swimming holes, birdlife and Oyster Bay pines. Walks include the 20-minute return stroll to the Apsley Waterhole, the three-hour Apsley Gorge circuit and the three-day north-south bushwalk through the park. To reach the start of the three-day walk, turn south on the MG forestry road 5 km (3.1 miles) south of St Marys. Root rot (Phytophthora cinnamomii) is a problem in the area, therefore please clean boots and tent pegs before and after visiting the park. Douglas–Apsley National Park extends over 16,080 hectares (39,735 acres) of land close to the Freycinet Peninsula and quaint towns along the stunning east coast. While you are in the region you can also swim, snorkel or try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Visit coastal wineries and marvel at renowned Wineglass Bay in nearby Freycinet National Park. Current park passes must be purchased for entry to Tasmania's national parks. For full details please visit the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife website. Douglas-Apsley National Park is just over two-hours’ drive southeast of Launceston (174 kilometres/108 miles).