Great Eastern Drive
One of Australia's most dramatic and beautiful coastal drives, you'll find spectacular national parks, beautiful beaches, wildlife and maritime experiences, all set in a temperate natural paradise.
Duration: 2-5 days
Hobart – Orford
- Depart Hobart for Orford, first established as a mainland port for the convict settlement on Maria Island.
- Orford has clean, picturesque beaches - including Raspins, Millingtons, Spring and Rheban - with a popular campsite at Raspins Beach. Nearby is the well-regarded nine-hole Orford Golf Course and the Darlington Vineyard.
- Take one of several enjoyable walks including the Convict Trail along the northern bank of the Prosser River on an old convict road, the coastal walk along the cliff tops between East Shelly Beach and Spring Beach or the scenic Thumbs Lookout in the nearby Wielangta Forest with a spectacular view of the region.
- Continue on to the visitor centre in Triabunna to buy a ticket for the 30-minute passenger ferry ride to Maria Island National Park where native animals roam free in this wildlife haven.
- On Maria Island visit the remains of the Darlington convict settlement dating back to 1825 and wander among the ruins of the mess room, miller's cottage, barn, hop kiln, chapel, prison cells and religious instructor's house.
- Take a short walk to view the spectacular Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs.
- Return to mainland Tasmania by ferry.
- Overnight Orford or Triabunna.