If you’re looking for an indulgent holiday, a place to celebrate something special, or just a bit of extra pampering, you’ll find it on The Great Eastern Drive. Tasmania’s east coast has some of the state’s most luxurious accommodation, food experiences and adventures.
Here, you can stay in an exclusive resort or retreat immersed in astonishing natural beauty, feast on fine cuisine prepared by renowned chefs, enjoy premium local wines and experience the region at its opulent best on a private cruise, guided walk or scenic flight.
For a truly indulgent east coast experience, take your pick of the award-winning, secluded locations found along the Great Eastern Drive.
At Rocky Hills, near Swansea, you’ll find a choice of award-winning luxury retreats and exclusive accommodation. Hidden in bushland, Rocky Hills Retreat is designed especially for couples to soak up the view, bask under the stars in the outdoor Huon pine bathtub, dabble in the artist studio and completely unwind. Elegant, modernist Avalon Coastal Retreat gives you direct access to a private beach, gourmet provisions in a fabulous kitchen and a stylish environment in which to utterly relax, and at Dragonfly Lodge you can completely unwind in the privacy of a luxury holiday house with incredible views over Great Oyster Bay. Thalia Haven, located at Little Swanport, is a stunning collection of four luxury oceanfront stone cottages set on a private 130-acre wooded peninsula, which includes five kilometres of secluded coastline. At Piermont, near Swansea, private stone cottages and luxury suites give you access to private beaches and walking trails, and the award-winning Piermont restaurant overlooking Great Oyster Bay.
Saffire Freycinet’s elegant suites and exclusive private pavilions are the height of luxury. Named the best boutique hotel in the world at the 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards in London, the resort’s many delights are at your fingertips, including luscious day spa treatments, sumptuous cuisine at Palate Restaurant and complimentary guest activities, including guided walks and exclusive food and wine experiences. Located within Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge offers deluxe spa cabins with direct access to Freycinet’s walking trails and the Lodge’s restaurants and guest experiences, including whisky tasting and sea kayaking.
On the surf coast, you can stay in luxury oceanfront villas at Saltwater Sunrise at Falmouth, or luxury bed and breakfast accommodation at Windows On Bicheno. At Binalong Bay, relax in architecturally designed spa suites at Bed in the Treetops, an award-winning, luxury hideaway, or stay in one of the stunning self-contained houses dotted along the beaches of the coast, like the Ocean Retreat at Falmouth.
Luxurious food and wine
Guests of Saffire Freycinet can enjoy exclusive access to the ultimate gourmet luxury experience at Palate Restaurant. Palate’s sumptuous multi-course degustation menu is based on the highest quality, seasonal local produce, matched with outstanding local wines. Saffire guests can also participate in an exclusive oyster and wine tasting experience at the Freycinet Marine Farm. The award-winning Piermont Restaurant serves European-influenced à la carte and degustation menus crafted from premium local produce and accompanied by fine Tasmanian wines, and The Bay Restaurant at Freycinet Lodge serves fine modern Australian cuisine, accompanied by sweeping views of Great Oyster Bay.
At some east coast cellar doors, tasting plates of the region’s delicious produce can be enjoyed alongside the winery’s best vintages. You can savour fresh Tasmanian seafood, matched with the vineyard’s award-winning wines, at Spring Vale Wines’ pop-up vineyard seafood restaurant, located among the vines on the estate. Visit Milton Vineyard for delectable tapas plates and oysters, savoured on the vineyard deck that overlooks the vines or pick up a gourmet hamper of luscious Tasmanian produce and fine local wine at Gala Estate, perfect for enjoying al fresco at the vineyard or at a nearby beach.
You can create your own gourmet adventure by packing a picnic basket with your favourite east coast gourmet delicacies, selecting a superb view and settling in for a lavish wanderer’s lunch. Match fresh east coast seafood, cheeses, fresh fruits and berries and crisp farm produce with the region’s finest cool climate wines for a five star, al fresco food moment. Try the East Coast Village Providore at St Helens and The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre in Bicheno for some choice morsels.
You can easily immerse yourself in the natural environment of the east coast, without sacrificing the special touches that create the ultimate luxury holiday.
Three of the east coast’s multi-awarded guided walks—The Maria Island Walk, Freycinet Experience Walk and Bay of Fires Walk—have been named among the eight Great Walks of Australia, and are listed by Australian Traveller Magazine among the 100 Greatest Holidays in Australia.
The Bay of Fires Walk is four days and 23 km of superb beach and coastal walking that will bring luxury to your walking experience. One night is spent at a private, semi-permanent standing camp and two nights at stunning Bay of Fires Lodge, where you will be wined and dined with Tasmania’s finest produce and vintages.
The Maria Island Walk is also four days in length and covers 43 km of beaches, grassland, bush and the rainforests of Mount Maria. The first two nights of the walk are spent in permanent tent accommodation with the final night in heritage-listed Bernacchi Homestead.
The Freycinet Experience Walk is a four-day guided discovery of the Freycinet Peninsula’s incredible beaches, coastal healthlands, and the pink granite slopes of Mt Graham. The walk covers between 30-37 kilometres, and your accommodation is in the Friendly Beaches Lodge—an award winning private eco-lodge where you’ll be pampered with hot showers, fine Tasmanian produce and wine and the bliss of a soft warm bed each night.
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk presents you with a unique chance to experience the beaches, peninsulas and walking trails of Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island. Sail aboard the luxury ketch Lady Eugenie to each of your walking destinations and enjoy gourmet dinners aboard Lady Eugenie or under the stars on an east coast beach.
East Coast Cruises offer private group charters or their acclaimed day tour – Maria Island: Cruise + Walk onboard their custom designed cruise boat Spirit of Maria.
You can also take a charter flight over the Freycinet Peninsula, Maria Island and east coast with Freycinet Air, or design your own exclusive tour of the east coast on a private charter flight with Airlines of Tasmania.
You can plan a luxurious getaway on the Great Eastern Drive, travelling from Launceston or Hobart for a weekend, several days or longer. The ideal luxury experience is unrushed, so when you’re planning your luxury itinerary, allow for leisurely driving time to the east coast, with plenty of opportunities to stop at scenic lookouts, wineries, beaches and farm gates en route.
Whatever your idea of luxury may be, the Great Eastern Drive will lead you to places and experiences that will make your indulgent holiday complete.
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