ArtHouse is set up for you to enjoy for more than just a night or two as we are sure that you won't tire of the cosy comfort and that view!  

It can be nice to have a base, rather than moving from place to place every night so here are a few things you can see just a little further up and down the coast.  

Bicheno

An easy 30 minute drive.  Here, you will find a favourite, The Blue Edge Bakery selling beautiful, old fashioned but award winning freshly baked bread and pies and cakes.  Just next door is The Farm Shed Wine Centre, also the local post office,  offering great coffee and meals, art and creations from local Tasmanian artist.  Waubs Bay Gallery is located a  little further down the same road, with resident artists and regular exhibits, it is definitely well worth a visit.

The Blowhole is a bunch of fun most days, but don't get too close! If you head to Waubs Bay Beach, there is a track from there all the way around the foreshore to popular surf spot, Redbill Beach.  At the northern end of Bicheno you will find the Douglas Apsley National Park which feels like an entirely different world, or you can go a little further north and walk the beach where the Denison River meets the sea.

Douglas-Aspley National park

If you have the time it is certainly worth going that little bit extra to this beautiful National Park 20kms north of Bicheno.

Why not plan your day to have a look around Bicheno on the way, have coffee at The Farm Shed, visit the park then pick up some fresh seafood at The Gulch in Bicheno on the way back. 

As you follow the signs into the park it feels like the wildness just getting there and when you do it is just glorious.  You can wander down to the waterhole for a cool (!) swim as some do or do walks from 10 minutes to 6 hours, all spectacular.  Don’t forget to register in the Park’s book before you walk.

VINEYARDS & WINE TASTING

The Freycinet region is acclaimed world over for it's cool climate wines, the Tasmanian East Coast Wine Trail is a lovely trail to follow.  

There are several vineyards within a 30 minute driving radius, offering cellar door tastings and sales year round.  Each features different and unique offerings of lunch or tapas during the summer seasons.  The closest vineyards are Devils CornerFreycinet VineyardMilton Vineyard, Spring Vale Wines and Gala Estate.  The Long Lunch Tour Co. run a fantastic tour if you would prefer not to drive, and The Farm Shed Wine Centre in Bicheno features all of these Vineyards and many more in one convenient location. 

"Did you know?   Tasmania has an emerging gin industry, several of gins have won highly regarded international awards.  The Farm Shed also offers Gin Tastings featuring our own personal favourite, The Splendid Gin."

East Coast Nature World

Just the other side of Bicheno, this private zoo is really worth a visit especially for the kids and those who want to see Tassie Devils.

Apart from the Devils they have lots more - kangaroos, bandicoots, echidna, blue tongue lizards, quolls, sugar gliders, possums & wombats roaming free in a natural environment.  You can also enjoy the Wildspot Café.

Open Daily 9am to 3pm.  1835 Tasman Highway, Bicheno

Heading North

St Marys  A beautiful, slow and windy drive over quaintly named "Elephant Pass".  This is, more than anything, a scenic drive for low energy days, but you can stop for Pancakes along the way, or check out the Purple Possum cafe when you get there. 76km

Scamander  Small seaside town with a beautiful walking beach on the way to Bay of Fires.  88km

St Helens  Gateway to Binalong Bay ad the Bay of Fires, this is the largest town on Tamania's East Coast.  Shops are quaint, coffee is good and galleries feature local artists. 109km

Binalong Bay (Bay of Fires)  One of Tasmania's most visited beaches, it is worth the effort.  Even on the most grey of days, the water is a perfect aqua and the sand a pristine white.  119km

Heading South

Swansea  A quaint seaside town with great coffee at Artifakt, (as well as a gallery).  70km

Triabunna (and Maria Isand Ferry)  Offers excellent walking and cycling journeys.  Short walks explore the buildings and ruins of Darlington – a ghost town with a convict and industrial past.  121km