Five Great Wine-Themed Drives: Tasmania, Australia

Freycinet National Park occupies most of the Freycinet Peninsula and looks out to the Tasman Sea. 

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Freycinet National Park occupies most of the Freycinet Peninsula and looks out to the Tasman Sea. 

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Great Eastern Drive, Tasmania, Australia

Don’t be tempted to squeeze this 220km trip along Tasmania’s glorious East Coast region into a single weekend. The journey between Orford in the south to St Helen’s at the northern end of the drive is littered with reasons to linger and explore, not least the invigorating array of cool climate wines made in this far flung corner of the world.

Australians are masters of the cellar door experience. Make sure you stop off at Spring Vale to taste their Pinot Noir, treat yourself to a thirst-quenching rosé or decadent iced Riesling at Milton Vineyard, and then of course there’s all the fizz that is Tasmania’s calling card. Make sure you don’t miss the wines of Freycinet Vineyards, the pioneers who founded this region’s first commercial winery back in 1979.


Tours here are by appointment only, but you can always take a deep dive into these wines and many other local stars at The Farm Shed in Bicheno. With 90 wines from 22 wineries listed, and 24 wines available to taste, this is a perfect spot to immerse yourself. Don’t forget to sample the state’s excellent gin and whisky too.

The Great Eastern Drive has no shortage of excellent accommodation options for every budget and inclination, but a highlight has to be the four star Freycinet Lodge, the only place people are permitted to stay in the Freycinet National Park. The wine list here is a true celebration of Tasmanian wine, and a perfect match for the equally local treats on the menu.

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