Tasmania’s East Coast is home to some of Australia’s most breathtaking natural beauty, such as Wineglass Bay and the orange-hued rocks at the Bay of Fires. It’s also a paradise for food lovers who can pluck oysters right out of the pristine waters and indulge in succulent local crayfish at roadside seafood shacks. Did we mention there’s award-winning wine too? This side of the island is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations for travellers and it’s easy to see why.
The Great Eastern Drive is the scenic coastal route that meanders through the East Coast, offering awe-inspiring views at every turn. It’s a great way to explore hidden gems, find beach tracks, and discover charming coastal towns like Coles Bay and Swansea. When it comes to finding a place to stay, there’s no shortage, from caravan parks to cabins in the woods and beachside shacks. Although, if you’re looking for something unique, something special, we’ve rounded up the most luxurious and interesting places to stay on the East Coast.
Freycinet National Park
Saffire Freycinet is the epitome of luxury on the island. Nestled in Coles Bay, this waterfront retreat offers dramatic architecture and top-notch service. Choose from 20 suites, including deluxe, luxury, and premium options, all with their own sweeping views of the Freycinet Peninsula. Savour the finest local seafood and produce at “Palate” restaurant, with degustation menus and personalised dining. Need a pamper? Spa Saffire has tailored treatments, while the fully equipped gym and local experiences provide ample opportunities to explore the surroundings.
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet Lodge is another luxury option in Freycinet National Park. Choose from a variety of stylish cabins, including the comfortable Wineglass deluxe spa cabin and the indulgent premier spa cabin. Dine with ocean views at the Bay Restaurant, enjoy informal meals at Richardson’s Bistro, or unwind at the cosy lounge-style Hazards Bar. Nearby, explore hiking trails including the famous and must-see Wineglass Bay Lookout.
Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires is famous for its natural, red-hued rocks and pale blue waters. Although most only come for a day visit. If you want to stay and explore, book a tent at Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, a luxury glamping spot just minutes from Bay of Fires. With guided tours, wildlife encounters, and stargazing opportunities, the retreat promises an unforgettable escape in this natural paradise.
Your home away from home awaits. This three-bedroom holiday home, perched on a clifftop overlooking Great Oyster Bay, is stunning from sunrise to sunset. This side of the island is known for its phenomenal colourations, especially during golden hour. It’s only a 10-minute drive to Swansea for amenities and an hour to Freycinet National Park. The bedrooms boast king-sized beds and the living areas feature high ceilings and an ornate wood heater. You can also hire seven boutique-style cabins on-site if you need to accommodate more guests.
Positioned directly across the road from the surf beach of Beaumaris, Moonbird Beach Shack is the perfect base for a beachside getaway. The shack itself is less shabby chic and more high design. Inside, you’ll find a cosy interior with a nod to coastal decor and everything you need for a self-contained holiday.
Overlooking Denison Beach, the Sea Stacks are three tiny abodes with unimaginable views and wildlife encounters. Fully self-contained, each stack has a wood fireplace, a luxurious stone egg-shaped bathtub, and a private deck to take in the views. Enjoy local provisions, including a bottle of wine and the surrounding landscape.
Midway between Coles Bay and Bicheno, make yourself at home at Aplite House, set on 200 private acres of pure tranquillity. Nearby, enjoy Friendly Beaches, an 8km stretch of sand; you will most likely have all to yourself. Surrounding the house is the Moulting Lagoon conservation area, home to Tasmanian devils, wombats, possums, wallabies, quolls, and wedge-tail eagles.