From luxury to budget, East Coast Tasmania has it all.
Have you ever wanted your own private island? Picnic Island is filled to the brim with natural beauty and is set against the majestic backdrop of the pink Hazards mountain ranges. The retreat was designed by local architect John Latham and is located just around the corner from Wineglass Bay. If you’ve got 10 people that you love dearly, the whole island could be yours. With individual sleeping cabins, you’ll have your privacy, and the communal dining area means you can enjoy the company of your family and friends. There’s plenty of wildlife to enjoy on the island, with regular visits from dolphins and seals, various birds and penguins that return to their burrows as night falls. You honestly can’t get more waterfront than this.
With a view that’s almost impossible to describe and all luxury needs taken care of, the elegance and poise that is the Saffire Freycinet is unmistakable. The hotel has even been dubbed the world’s best boutique hotel. Here you can stand knee-deep in an estuary, enjoying fresh oysters and local sparkling wine – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With floor to ceiling glass, purpose designed to enjoy the magical view from wherever you are in the hotel, the aim is to connect the Saffire Freycinet and its gusts to the surrounding environment. The most ‘basic’ of accommodation is luxury suites and it’s only up from there with the option of booking a private pavilion with a private suite kitchen and chef, a private courtyard and plunge pool.
Hotels and B&Bs
Meredith House and Mews is a hosted bed and breakfast, overlooking the town of Swansea. It’s a short walk to the beaches, cafes and restaurants, and has been extensively renovated throughout its 100 years. While the B&B offers traditional rooms, there is also the option for studio apartments situated adjacent to Meredith House.
Diamond Island Resort is located on the beachfront. There’s an onsite restaurant and a seasonal swimming pool. The self-contained apartments are luxuriously appointed and all offer a private patio with ocean views. The property is home to little penguins who come out to play between 6:30 and 8:00pm.
Aptly named Edge of the Bay Resort due to its location on the Freycinet Peninsula, the resort offers excellent views across Great Oyster Bay to Coles Bay and the Hazard mountains, as well as direct access to three private beaches. In walking distance to stunning Wineglass Bay, the resort also has a children’s playground, restaurant and bar, tennis courts, and a range of activities for hire including mountain bikes, scooters, BMX bikes and even dinghies. There are oceanview suites and secluded cottages on offer.
Camping and Glamping
For those who are after a budget-friendly option there are plenty of camping, glamping and holiday park options. Dotted along the east coast are many camping areas for tents, campervans or trailers and they all have superb views. Of course, the national parks at Freycinet, Maria Island, Douglas Apsley and Mt William all have campgrounds and there are dozens more scattered along the coast.
There’s also the Swansea Holiday Park, which is a great place to base yourself to explore the region. There’s a variety of accommodation options from self-contained cabins through to grassy powered sites. There is also a communal kitchen and lounge area, BBQ hut and laundry facilities.
Situated between the Bay of Fires and Bicheno, the Scamander Sanctuary Holiday Park, offers a range of accommodation options including safari cabins, camp sites and even glamping tents. The surrounding area is peaceful and relaxing and it’s central to loads of tourist attractions. Best of all, you can hear the waves crashing as you relax at the accommodation and camp sites and what’s more soothing than that?