Feb
13
2014

Head to Tasmania’s exciting East

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Tasmania's eastern region is home to many exciting towns and places to explore.

If you're wondering just where exactly to go and what there is to do, here's a handy guide to some of the towns on the East Coast. Don't leave them off your itinerary – they're some true Tasmanian highlights!

Pyengana

You likely haven't even heard of this small (very small) Tasmanian town, but the truth is it's a wonderful hidden gem. Lovers of all things gourmet will be pleased to note that Pyengana produces a fantastic array of cheese. Be sure to sample some of these award-winning morsels at the local Pyengana Dairy with a cheese tasting, or stay a while at the on site Holy Cow Cafe for even more variety. The milk and dairy here is top notch, so be sure to indulge a little (or a lot). 

Also not-to-be-missed is the ‘Pub in the Paddock’, a heritage-listed hotel that's located, you guessed it, right in the middle of a paddock. This absolute treasure has been licensed since 1880, so is well woven into the history of Tasmania. 

Pyengana is also surrounded by some amazing scenery. There are plenty of stunning waterfalls, so ensure you drive through the South George River valley to the St Columba Falls. From here, it's just a short walk to a 90-metre cascading waterfall, not to mention beautiful rainforest – a true highlight of the region. 

Binalong Bay

The town of Binalong Bay is the gateway to the stunning Bay of Fires region, which is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches with pristine white sand and turquoise water. 

Spend some time in the small township of Binalong Bay before exploring the surrounding area with scenic walks and great activities such as snorkelling and diving. Expect to see plenty of colourful sights, amazing marine creatures and even underwater caves to explore. 

You can camp beachside as you explore the region. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the world, let alone Tasmania, so prepare to fall in love.

St Helens

St Helens is Tasmania's second-largest fishing port, and for that reason it's incredibly popular for boaties and recreational fishers. Deep sea fish and lobster (in season) are specialties here, so prepare to visit the town's fantastic range of cafes and restaurants where you can expect to taste some world-class dishes.

If you love fishing, you'll adore the game fishing on offer in the town's surrounding waters, where Albacore Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna are in abundance. Even if fishing isn't your thing, the pier is a great place for a dusk walk and a talk with the locals. They will be fishing. You can just take in the relaxing view.

When you've had your fill of seafood and adventure, another great outlook spot is St Helens Point, approximately an hour return stroll. From here, you'll have a great view of the Peron Dunes and of course, stunning beaches. 

Scamander

Another coastal gem, Scamander offers beautiful beaches, a lovely river, plenty of parks and a great, laid-back friendly vibe. 

Locals love to while their days away at the beach, so make sure you join them! Splash around in the shallows, try your hand at surfing or simply laze the day away.

The river is another great spot for those who like fishing, too.

What really can't be missed however is the Henderson Lagoon. This is located in the Winifred Curtis Scamander Reserve, where you can expect to find pristine, clear water, not to mention plenty of well-trodden nature walks. Take in the huge variety of wildlife, from woodland birds to rare plants and flowers. Pack a picnic and make use of one of the scenic spots along the way. 

Image Credit: Think-Tasmania.com (Read their blog story on Pyengana

St Columba Falls on the East Coast inland from St Helens. Image Credit Paul Fleming @lovethywalrus on IG

Surfing at St Helens - Image Credit: VisitStHelens-com-au

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