Australia is known for its amazing road trips. Many argue that they compare with the United States’ iconic Route 66. So what makes Tasmania’s Great Eastern Drive so great? It’s not only the amazing scenery you get to view in the car, it’s also the stops along the way from Hobart up the east coast to the Bay of Fires. Interested in taking a trip to down under to Tassie? This is the best way to see it, up close and personal.
What You’ll Need
Before you get going you’ll need to plan your trip, including your itinerary and get all the essentials. Depending on your stay it may be cheaper to buy a used car over renting and then sell off after your trip. This is what many locals and tourists do, whether from mainland Australia or elsewhere. You’ll need water and a lot of sunscreen, especially when taking the trip in the summer (this is the best time for the ocean views). There are a lot of places to stop on the way, including accommodation so if you’re not into the camping scene, it’s still a great road trip. You might want to take some snacks for the road but otherwise your meals should be covered at any of the beautiful wineries or restaurants scattered along the drive.
Discover Australia’s Classic Beaches
Australia is known for its beaches and some of the highest rated beaches in the world are in Tasmania. Most of them are right on the Great Eastern Drive so you’ll have plenty to see and do. At almost any stage of the journey there is somewhere beautiful to discover as every coastal town has a beach, or two, or three. A few of the best beaches along the way are Raspins, Shelly and Spring Beaches at Orford at the beginning of your trip all the way to the absolutely unmissable Wineglass Bay (voted as one of the world’s top 10 beaches) due to its snow-white sand and granite shores. You’ll also need to stop at Binalong Bay and the final stop (if you want) at the Bay of Fires – the ultimate ending to your Great Eastern road trip.
Discover Tasmania’s Fine Dining
Enjoy the luxury of fine dining along the east coast of Tasmania on your adventure with the state’s premium fresh produce. The east coast of Tasmania has the perfect mild climate for many produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and cheese. Along the way you can stop almost anywhere and enjoy some quality Tasmanian wine and cheese. The state is renowned for its fresh produce and has some of the best wineries in the country. While most people opt to take the Great Eastern Drive to view Tasmania’s spectacular beaches, many also come as an impromptu winery tour of Tasmania.
Whether you come for the food and wine or to enjoy sitting back on the sand, exploring the surf or you’re just up for a classic road trip to discover the beautiful state, the Great Eastern Drive is one of the best road trips in the world.