East Coast Tasmania, Australia

Hemmed by the Bay of Fires and the Freycinet Peninsula, this pristine patch offers a alluring mix of beaches, bushland and rugged island escapes. The cool climate lends itself to stellar wines, while pollution-free waterways and farmlands offer up world-class seafood, meat and dairy goods, making for the ultimate gourmet getaway.

When to go

There are four distinct seasons in these parts, and even summer (December–February) isn't a scorcher. It's the peak season, so if it's peace a quiet you're after, perhaps plan for another time.. Autumn (Marc–May) and Spring (September–November) are mild, while winter (June–August) is just plane chilly.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    You can fly into Hobart International (www.hobartairport.com.au), or Launceston Airport (www.launcestonairport.com.au) if you prefer to arrive from the north. Both airports are serviced by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue domestic flights from other Australian capitals, including Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
  • Automobiles

    This relatively remote coast is almost 200 kilometres from the main hub of Hobart, so driving your own wheels is the way to go. Almost equidistant, but from the north and on a much more winding road through forests and farms, is the journey from Launceston. The major hire-car companies have desks at both airports.
  • Taxis

    Distances can be vast here, so taxis tend to be expensive. Try East Coast Taxis (+61 (0)3 6376 2999), which operates out of St Helens.