East Coast, TAS, Australia

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East Coast, TAS, Australia

East Coast vacation rentals

Soak up the dramatic beauty of Tassie's East Coast

Separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait, Australia's southernmost state of Tasmania is a natural wonderland of stunning landscapes and dramatic vistas. Permanently settled by the British in 1803 as a prison colony, today it's anything but. Along the island's East Coast, you'll find everything from chic wineries and top-notch seafood, to intriguing seaside towns. An East Coast vacation rental also puts you on the doorstep of pristine white sands, crystal blue waters, and pink granite mountains, so don't forget your camera. You might even see a real Tasmanian devil (just don't believe everything you see in the cartoons).

A forest of kelp and a Bay of Fires

Whatever location you choose, an East Coast vacation will feel like you've stepped into paradise. You'll have your pick of dive settings to get your adrenaline rush from, from sheer cliffs and sea caves, to mesmerizing kelp forests. If relaxation is more your speed, the stark white beaches and aqua blue waters will take your breath away, especially at the jaw-dropping Bay of Fires. The coast is also a popular spot for wilderness trekking, sea kayaking, and pleasure cruising. Refuel with a feast of fresh oysters and sparkling wine in one of the charming seafront towns.

Explore epic scenery on one of Australia's greatest drives

Buckle yourself in for one of Australia's best road trips. The Great Eastern Drive is the best way to see everything the coast has to offer. Among the top sights are the pink granite mountains and classic bushwalks of Freycinet National Park, and the much-photographed Wineglass Bay. You'll also be on the famous East Coast Wine Route, so make time to stop for a taste. If you make it all the way to the bottom, you'll hit the Port Arthur Historic Site, where you'll find the preserved remnants of one of the original penal colonies (ghost tour, anyone?).

Take your pick of the four seasons

With 4 distinct seasons, Tasmania has something for everyone. Summer is the peak time for East Coast vacation rentals, thanks to temperatures in the 70s and 80s from December to February, so book early. The winter months of July to August are the coolest and wettest, though more moderate than you'll find inland. Sea breezes kick up from March to May, when the weather can be unpredictable as it transitions from summer to winter. While all of Tasmania gets a fair amount of rain, the East Coast sees less of it, earning its "sun coast" nickname among locals.

A rainbow of colors from the mountains to the sea

Nature's palate is in full effect on Tasmania's East Coast. The intense blues of the waters contrast with the sheer white beaches in ways you have to see to believe. Prefer pink? Just look to the mountains of the Freycinet peninsula. Of course, there's an endless supply of green in the lush rainforest and vibrant farmland. There's plenty for animal lovers, too. Penguins routinely emerge from the surf in Bicheno. If you're hoping to see a real live Tasmanian devil, head to the reserves on Maria Island (spoiler alert -- they look a lot different than the Looney Tunes version).