Aug
29
2012

You might have already booked your ultimate spring vacation, but for those who are still pondering what to do as the weather heats up it is time to start planning your next seaside escape.

Days of indoors at galleries and wine tours – can be kept for winter … aficionados of course are welcome all year round – but in their place should white sandy beaches, lazy afternoons and skinny dipping in the quiet lagoons in warmer weather.

In Tasmania, you will find a number of awe inspiring locations to take you away from the daily grind and a little bit closer to paradise.

The most popular destination for this kind of activity would have to be jaw-droppingly beautiful retreats that are strung the island state's east coast.

From Hobart to the Bay of Fires and Maria Island, you won't want for places to go to unwind when you travel through the region. (The chances are also fairly high that you will be booking a return visit before the trip is out!)

While there are tours you can go on, it is best to spread your journey out over seven days of pure discovery.

Build a personal adventure beginning with a flight into Hobart airport, pick up a hire car for the week. From the airport drive through Cambridge and explore Richmond; unintentionally you are on one of the wine routes and the Coal River Valley will tempt you on the way. Immerse yourself in history, then swing back onto the road to Orford – a small town whicho happens to specialise in mouth-watering pizzas and great coffee – before slipping through to Triabunna, you should be in time for an afternoon cruise to Maria Island.

Stay Orford or Triabunna

Day two should be spent hitting the town of Swansea – seeking out Kate's Berry farm and the Bark Mill – there are also more wineries which will thrust themselves at you and perhaps the enjoyment of a wildlife park to allow you to change your pace. There’s a Blow Hole and the walk along the beach prior to staying overnight in Bicheno. Dusk brings an opportunity of penguin spotting as there is a rookery near the town.

Stay Bicheno

Day three might best be described as a busy one, so rise early. You’ve heard of Coles Bay and Freycinet … it will not disappoint. You’ll be choosing from ATV’ing, walking, gazing or even kayaking. There is also a cruise should you wish to leave the arm muscles free from endeavour. Wineglass Bay by any means is unforgettable, and in whale season you will see them out to sea from the lighthouse lookout.
The remainder of the day is the journey through to St Helens and the Bay of Fires.

Stay in the St Helens area. There are hill tops, retreats, gardens and beach locations. Bay of Fires has produced some of Tasmania’s most engaging photographs – red stained rock, white sand and blissfully blue water – you’ll want to capture your own Instagr.ams and shots for facebook to capture the memory and to share. It is a place to contemplate. It’s easy to see why this area from the Chain of Lagoons up, is a popular holiday camping mecca.

You can change any part of this trip to suit your interests and there is always the option to stay an extra night if you stumble across your own version of paradise. A seven day itinerary will expand every option and allow more leisurely exploration. On a holiday, you don’t want go, go, go.

Coal River Valley Vineyard - Image Credit: WineTasmania & Bishops Vineyard

Richmond Tasmania - Image Credit: Anstey Barton B&B

Beautiful Spring Beach near Orford - Image Credit: Flickr User Kevin~GE30

Triabunna is the base for sea based excursions into Oyster Bay and Maria Island

Wineglass Bay - Image Credit: Saffire Lodge

Blowhole north of Bicheno -  Image Credit: Dianah Mieglich

Binalonga Bay near St Helens - Image Credit: Travels for You

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