A taste of Tas – East Coast

Coles Bay

I recently headed to Tasmania for a work photo shoot and discovered some little gems along the way.

Landing in Launceston we then jumped into a hire car and headed north for 30 odd minutes for the Tamar Valley, home to many beautiful wineries. Shooting at Tamar Ridge, our first port of call we sipped on Pinot Noir and devoured terrine plates with gorgeous views of the River.

As the night set in we headed for our hotel in the city, Peppers Seaport Launceston  and enjoyed a light dinner at Mud one of the hotel’s restaurants.

Before we knew it, it was a new day and we were driving along the coast bound for Freycinet. The route is quite sparse with lots of twists and turns and plenty of sheep and cow paddocks. Along the way there are a few quaint towns, worth a coffee stop. My favourite was Red Bridge Cafe in Campbell Town. Dino the owner has converted the building into a cafe and providore with local produce.

Our next stop was probably the highlight of the trip for me, the fabulous Freycinet Marine Farm. Freshly plucked seafood straight from the Tassie waters.  Enjoy an array of steamed mussels, oysters, calamari, abalone or scallops. My pick was a pot of steamed mussels with a couple of wedges of lemon.

After filling up our tummies it was time to continue the journey along to Devil’s Corner winery for some more Pinot and crisp whites Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Our shoot proved to be a little difficult with the lighting playing hide-n-seek behind the clouds so we headed to Freycinet Lodge our home for the evening. The property is absolutely stunning with direct access to the beach in Coles Bay and picture-perfect backdrop at all hours of the day.

Not far from Freycinet Lodge is the walk to the stunning look-out of Wineglass Bay, which is also home to many cute and curious wildlife, like the wallaby.

With not enough time to complete the walk, it is definitely something I will be heading back to Tasmania to do sooner rather than later. The evening was completed with a delicious dinner in the a la carte restaurant at Freycinet Lodge, The Bay.

The East Coast is definitely worth a visit and albeit we only had 3 days on the ground we did manage to see a few things. A few other worthy day trips include St Helens – Bay of Fires,  Bicheno, Swansea , Maria Island National Park. Check out Discover Tasmania to plan your next Tassie escape.

 

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