Region: North East

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.

Ringarooma Bay and Cape Portland

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.

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The untamed natural majesty of the region's rugged mountainous terrain is never far away, encircling the farmlands are deeply wooded rainforests where the White Knights, the world's largest eucalypts, grow in abundance. here, rivers flow over waterfalls and wildlife abounds, as it has for thousands of years.

Evercreach Forest Reserve

How To Get There


The city of Launceston is the transport hub for Tasmania's North and the gateway to the North East. 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.

Lilydaly Road connects Launceston to the North East coastal towns. Tasman Highway connects Launceston to the inland areas of the North East. The Esk and Fingal Valleys, in the region's south, are accessed via the Midland Highway south from Launceson, then east on the Esk Highway. Access from the East Coast is via the Tasman Highway from St Helens.

Best Time To Go

St Columba Falls

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. Rainfall occurs throughout the year. The weather is most stable from the end of summer to autumn (February to May).
Some towns in the region are planted with European deciduous trees which shed their leaves in Autumn (March to May). Their display of red and golden make the region particularly picturesque during these months.



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