Days 9 - 11: Freycinet
Distance: approx 214 km / 133 miles (around 3 hours 15 minutes)
The east coast of Tasmania has stunning scenery ranging from expansive coastline to wooded forest areas. Take your time travelling through this picturesque part of the world making as many stops as you can along the way. Perhaps make a stop at Marion Bay for a walk on a deserted beach; visit the Copping Colonial and Convict Exhibition or make a stop at the Freycinet Marine Farm for fresh seafood.
Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania's main natural highlights with its abundant bird and animal life, excellent beaches and superb scenery. The pretty resort and fishing town of Coles Bay is the gateway to the National Park and from here you can walk to the white sands and azure waters of lovely Wineglass Bay, or visit one of the park's many other quiet beaches.
The tiny town of Coles Bay nestles beside the world-famous Freycinet National Park where spectacular red granite boulders plunge deep into the ocean. The park itself is a flora and fauna reserve, covering 11,000 hectares and boasts a variety of vegetation including wattles, Oyster Bay pines and banksias. Bushwalking is the main activity here and there are a number of excellent walks to choose from as well as secluded swimming areas that can be found on the east coast of the park such as Wineglass Bay with its spectacular sandy beaches.
Days 12 - 13: St Helens
Distance: approx 112 km / 70 miles (around 1 hour 30 minutes)
On leaving Freycinet, you'll drive through the towns of Bicheno, Four Mile Creek, Scamander and Beaumaris to arrive at St Helens.
Bicheno is 43 km north of Swansea and is a popular place to stop. The beaches are covered in an incredibly soft silver sand that is unique to the area, and off the main beach is Diamond Island, which can be reached at low tide and is home to fairy penguins. Bicheno was once a whaling station but is now popular for fishing and boating plus there’s a sea life centre as well as bird and animal parks nearby.
St Helens is protected by Georges Bay and is the easternmost town in Tasmania, it has many reserves and parks and the area is ideal for walking. St Helens Point State Recreation Area is a great place to start, with coastal views and impressive sand dunes. Other walks in the area can be found at Humbug Point reserve, Bay of Fires Coastal Reserve and Goblin Forest Walk.