If you’re still keen for some adventure this spring but can’t make it to the north west, there are plenty of outdoor experiences awaiting you on the eastern side of Tasmania, from Southport and Bruny Island, to Cape Portland and beyond in the north.
Just under 30 minutes away from Hobart, the majestic Mount Wellington Park is guaranteed to lift your spirits, with 18,000 hectares of natural wilderness to explore. Spring is one of the best times to visit the park, when native plants are in full bloom and the cool salty air is a welcome accompaniment. The park is home to numerous hiking tracks that will take you past cascading waterfalls, natural springs and fascinating rock formations on your way to the spectacular view that awaits you at the top.
The Maria Island National Park is a must-see if you’re travelling in the east, as it’s home to an exceptional variety of natural features. The Triassic sandstones of the Painted Cliffs are some of the park’s most impressive features, made up of layers of brightly coloured stone that catalogues the history of millions of years of natural development. There are also white sandy beaches to explore, lush eucalypt forests, and one of the highest concentrations of Tasmanian Devils in the world.
Bay of Fires
Stretching for more than 50 kilometres between Eddystone Point in the north and Binalong Bay in the south, the Bay of Fires is home to many fascinating natural attractions, including seemingly endless fields of wildflowers, Indigenous shell and bone deposits and large granite boulders covered with brightly coloured lichen. Rare and endangered animals can also be glimpsed here, including Forester kangaroos, wombats and echidnas.
Located within the Freycinet National Park, Honeymoon bay is a picturesque place to go camping or spend an afternoon. Visitors can make the most of the water by going diving, swimming, canoeing, snorkelling, boating or fishing, or just relax on the beach and soak up the sunshine, keeping an eye out for yellow-tailed cockatoos.
In Scamander, take an afternoon off for a stint of fishing along the Scamander River, where you can also enjoy a few nights of camping. Henderson Lagoon is a natural attraction not to be missed, where visitors can stroll along multiple walking tracks and take in the breathtaking view of the ocean. In Upper Scamander, visit the iconic Eureka Farm for an afternoon of sampling fresh berries and strolling among the fruit trees, where you would be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into paradise.
Pyengana is your gateway to some of Tasmania’s most majestic waterfalls, some of up to 90 metres tall. Pyengana is also famous for its award-winning dairy production. Take a tour through the beautifully forested hillsides of the St Columba Falls State Reserve, once home to the Tasmanian Tiger, or call it a night at the famous Pub in the Paddock, a much-loved heritage-listed hotel that can be found in the middle of a paddock, where you’re sure to get some peace.