Tour the stunning East Coast
of Tasmania in comfort with a
rental vehicle from us.
Your tour of Tasmania starts
with our local knowledge,
friendly service and great value.
After picking up your Rentforless rental car at Hobart Airport, or Hobart City leave Tasmania heading towards Sorell and head inland towards the east coast holiday town of Orford, on the mouth of the Prosser River. Orford marks the start of the Great Eastern Drive, one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal touring routes.
If your itinerary permits a side trip by ferry to magnificent Maria Island you will be rewarded with tranquil bushwalks, the opportunity to photograph the ample wildlife or simply stroll through the old penitentiary. Allow a full day or even an overnight stay.
As you continue north through the seaside town of Swansea, marvel as the magnificent coastline. Visit a berry farm for scones and coffee or call in at a boutique vineyards or Wine and Wool Centre in and around Swansea. Make sure you visit the unique convict-built Spiky Bridge just out of Swansea. Take a dip, go surfing, dive or even throw in a line and fish from the Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve.
Depending on the season, you might see colonies of mutton birds and we recommend a visit to the wetlands of Moulting Lagoon where you can watch a range of beautiful birdlife including swans, pelicans, and pied oyster catchers.
Continue on a little further and before you know it you will be in Coles Bay, and the Freycinet National Park, home of world-renowned Wineglass Bay.
Make sure you have your camera ready to capture photos of magnificent Wineglass Bay. For the more adventurous, perhaps some snorkelling, diving, fishing or boating, or if you are a thrill seeker search out one of the many adventurous pursuits on offer in Coles bay including sea kayaking, rock climbing or abseiling. You can even go quad biking or take a 4-wheel drive tour to Cape Tourville Lighthouse, where the views will take your breath away.
There are many bushwalks to enjoy in the Freycinet National Park where you can learn more about the early explorers who discovered this part of Tasmania. Accommodation options are plentiful in Coles Bay from budget-friendly caravan parks through to the unparalleled luxury of the award-winning Saffire lodge. For dinner, we recommend freshly caught local seafood washed down with a drop from a local winery.
If you have time, we recommend continuing to head north towards Bicheno and walking to Rocking Rock and the Bicheno Blowhole. At dusk the parade of Little penguins is not to be missed and see Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, and pelicans at the local wildlife park. Follow the scenic road north to the shimmering Chain of Lagoons, a popular area for adventurous surfers. Finish your day by slowing driving north stopping to enjoy the pristine sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters of small local hamlets including Scamander. From here head west towards Launceston, where you should allow another couple of nights to soak up all it has to offer.
When touring Tasmania’s East Coast, there are so many places to stop, see and taste. We recommend travelling with a picnic basket or small cooler bag to because you never know when you will want to collect a block of gourmet cheese or bottle of delicious Tassie wine!
There are also plenty of excellent short walks on offer on Tasmania’s East Coast, from easy strolls to full-day hikes. Make sure you remember to travel with suitable shoes and a jacket in case of changeable weather.