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East Coast

 

The east coast of Tasmania is a great spot to explore and has some fantastic scenic drives and places to visit.

We headed to Swansea (approx. 140km drive from Launceston) with a quick stop halfway at Campbell Town for a coffee. Swansea itself is a fairly quiet and friendly town with awesome views of Freycinet National park in the distance.

We stayed at an Airbnb property at Nine Mile Beach, which whilst it wasn't advertised as 'wheelchair friendly', it was more than suitable for us and the host was very accomodating. The best part was location and private access to the beach. Now I wouldn't describe this access as wheelchair friendly but as Mum loves the beach and sea, we were determined to get her down there and after a few attempts and a bit of sweat we managed!! Nine Mile Beach is beautiful, dogs off lead all year round and more importantly-when we got Mum down there the tide was out and the sand fantastic for the wheelchair. We walked approx. 6km all the way towards Swansea. Unfortunately due to the river mouth we couldn't get all the way with the wheelchair so detoured off the beach (via another 'slightly' awkward path) and wandered back to the house via the very quiet road. 

We then checked out the 'loontitetermairrelehoiner' walk...which is one of Tasmania's 60 great short walks. This is a 2.3km circuit starting at Waterloo Beach and whilst this started out fairly easy with a well formed path and a gentle incline...it soon became apparent we were under false pretences when we had to haul the wheelchair (and mum obviously) over boulders and rocks around the cliff edge. The views were certainly spectacular but pretty sure mum's eyes were closed most of they way and dad's and mine knuckles were certainly white. 

Dogs allowed on lead.

After our little 'mountaineering expedition' we decided to drive to Devil's Corner Winery for a well earned beverage. This winery is set in a lovely spot, dog and wheelchair friendly (make sure you use the lower car park), and does a great selection of wine and food. They are also an outdoor venue so if heading there in winter make sure you dress warmly. 

 
 
 

We then headed back home to Launceston (slightly exhausted) via the longer but very scenic route through Bicheno and  - stopping off at another fabulous spot (Denison Beach - which is described further under beaches).