Shred the Derby trails
If you’re a mountain biker, you’ve found mountain biking mecca at Derby. Hit trails that have seen Enduro World Series action. Couldn’t fit in the bike? You can hire one. If hiking is more your thing then there are some cracking Blue Tier rainforest walks.
Binalong Bay bathing
We’re talking about beaches that are off the charts stunning. Orange lichen-licked boulders, white sand beaches and water the colour of a tropical island paradise. The water won’t feel tropical though, so perhaps bring a wetsuit because you’re going to want to dive in.
Great Eastern Drive
Coming from Hobart? Prepare to stop – lots. The Great Eastern Drive is very Instagramable . Seriously fresh fish and chips at Devil’s Corner vineyard, the famous wombats of Maria Island, an ascent up Mount Amos and some beer and a bite at Ironhouse Brewery. Just make sure you get to St Helens by 3pm, 1 September for the party of the year.
Swimming hole fun
Cleanse oneself after the festivities at Douglas-Apsley National Park. Just outside Bicheno, the national park has a few choice swimming holes to choose from. Don’t stop at the first, venture further in and you’ll likely nab a private pool all for yourself.
Little Rivers Brewing Co. in Scottsdale
In these parts the locals turn pure Tassie water into craft beer. Find Little River’s headquarters in the tiny township of Scottsdale. Bring your own tucker and enjoy a few beers at the brewery door & bar.
Cruise the Bay of Fires
Hop on an eco-tour from Binalong Bay up to Eddystone Point lighthouse past hidden coves and perhaps a few dolphins. There’s also a one-hour cruise to the impressive Sloop Rock if you’re short on time.
Cheese and Cows
Post party quiet time and delicious toasties can be found at the Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe. They have been making cloth-bound cheddar the traditional way for more than 130 years – do a tasting and order a cheese platter if you’re feeling fancy.
Purple Possum Café
It looks like Nanna’s house. And it’s just as wholesome. This wholefoods-store-come-café is all about good country eating. Tucked in a mountain valley, it’s a cosy place to eat or simply stop in and stock up on treats for the road.