Apr
03
2012

Driving from Orford to Bicheno is an unforgettable journey along the stunning east coast of Tasmania.

Located just 73 kms northeast of Hobart, the small coastal town of Orford is an easy drive or bus trip away from the state's capital city.

It is also a great place to stop on your tour of Tasmania and take time out to reconnect with nature in a safe and relaxed environment. There is a glorious view across to Maria Island.

Further along the coast overlooking Great Oyster Bay, Kelvedon, Spikey and Cressy beaches are popular local picnic destinations, but if you are in the mood for a treat you might want to call into Kate's Berry Farm just before Swansea.

Kate's handcrafted chocolates, jams, sauces and jellies, dessert wines and hearty country produce will have your mouth watering before you even bite into your hot crisp Belgium waffles with berry compote.

If you prefer a coffee break then it is hard to go past Onyx for a rich and aromatic blend that will have you asking for seconds.

If it is lunch time be sure to stop at The Bark Mill restaurant, and a look around the Mill itself, Australia’s only restored Black Wattle Bark Mill – or you can sample fresh seafood at one of the town's many eating establishments.

In between ducking in and out of gourmet restaurants and cafes, you might want to find time for a spot of wine tasting.

The region is famous for its award-winning wines that are highly sought after in Australia and around the world. It is also famous for the Spiky Bridge located just out Swansea.

For those who are travelling with kids or have a passion for animals, you can get up close and personal with the locals at East Coast NatureWorld.

When you do finally set foot in Bicheno, you will want to stretch your legs by taking a walk to Rocking Rock and the blowhole – make sure to take your jacket with you for later so that you be prepared for the fun of watching the nightly penguin march.

Parts of this itinerary are described in the 7 Day East Coast Touring itinerary on DiscoverTasmania.

Orford - Nothing More to Say - Image Credit Threadgarden

Shelly Beach at Orford

View From Orford Beach House a Stayz Holiday Accommodation Property

Bay Outlook from Orford across to Maria Island

Avalon Coastal Retreat near Swansea

Spiky Bridge

Baby Echidna often seen near Little Swanport

Great surfing for all levels at Little-Swanport

Sunset View Swansea near Dolphin Sands

Blowhole at Bicheno - Image Credit DailyPhoto

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