The north east corner of Tasmania and the coastline which extends south from it is a region of magnificent coastal vistas, good surf beaches and fishing grounds. The numerous small seaside villages, nestled mainly around sheltered inlets, increase dramatically in size during the summer holidays and are fairly quiet at other times. The clear water of the rivers, bays and miles of beaches abound with sea life including lobster, abalone and many varieties of scale fish.
The East coast of Tasmania, which begins at the north-east corner of the state, Cape Portland, features wide sweeping beaches punctuated by headlands of granite, much of which is covered in orange lichen. The crystal clear waters, the ribbons of clear white sandy beaches and the brightly painted rocks that punctuate them, have led to these beaches being ranked internationally among the best in the world.
In stark contrast is the hinterland, a mountainous area where once miners extracted tin and gold from the ground, but today farmers plough patchwork quilts of rich dark soil, where bountiful crops grow alongside verdant pasture. But the untamed natural majesty of the region’s rugged mountainous terrain is never far away, encircling the farmlands are deeply wooded rainforests where the “Whtie Knights”, the world’s largest eucalypts, grow in abundance, rivers flow over waterfalls and wildlife abounds.
The Best Time To Visit:
November to April is the peak season in Tasmania. Summer brings warm days and mild evenings from December to February, while winter can be stormy with snow on the mountain peaks between July and August. The weather is most stable from the end of summer to autumn (February to April).
The northern parts of the east coast enjoy a much milder, more pleasant climate than elsewhere in Tasmania, the result of a micro-climate produced by surrounding hills and warm ocean currents. Consequently St Helens is warmer than Melbourne in winter and enjoys a balmy 22°C average in February.
How To Get There:
There are numerous main roads leading east and north east from the city of Launceston into the North East region. Launceston is the transport hub for Tasmania’s North-East and Tamar regions. Melbourne, Hobart, King Island and Flinders Island are linked by air to Launceston, which has an International airport. Launceston is the junction of a network of roads serving Tasmania’s north and east coasts, as well as the main highway south to Hobart through the middle of Tasmania. Bus services cover most routes. Launceston is linked by road and rail (freight only) to Devonport, which is home to the mainland ferry Terminal, and Burnie, another major port in the state’s North-west. The Tamar River links Launceston with its ocean port of Bell Bay.