The Tasmanian East Coast is a perfect destination for touring and what better way to explore, indulge and enjoy than on a motorcycle. With its spectacular coastline, warm sunny days, sweeping roads and limited traffic the Great Eastern Drive is the perfect destination for motorcycles touring either as individuals or as part of a group.
Self guided or custom designed tours and motorcycle hire from Tasmania's expert.
Other Motorcycle Friendly Accommodation
|Port Arthur||Stewarts Bay Lodge||http://www.stewartsbaylodge.com.au/|
|Port Arthur||Fox & Hounds||http://www.foxandhounds.com.au/|
|Pyengana (near St Helens)||The Pub in the Paddock||http://www.touringtasmania.info/pub_in_the_paddock.htm|
|Mole Creek||Mole Creek Lodge||http://www.molecreekbedandbreakfast.com/|
|Mole Creek||Mole Creek Guest House||http://www.molecreekgh.com.au/|
|Stanley||Stanley Seaview Inn||http://www.stanleyseaviewinn.com.au/|
|Stanley||Stanley Hotel and Apartments||http://www.stanleytasmania.com.au/|
Bicheno Motorcycle Museum and Restoration, 35 Burgess St, (the main street) Bicheno. Andrew Quin will carry out repairs for you or indeed a full restoration. He buys and sells vintage and modern motorcycles and runs a small but interesting museum, admission $9, seniors $7, children under 15 free. www.bichenomotorcyclemuseum.com
Richardson's Harley Davidson, 468 Westbury Rd, Prospect, just out of Launceston. They are Tasmania's largest Harley Davidson dealers and have been on the job since 1978. Sales, service, parts, accessories and clothing. Also a museum of motorcycling history from the 1900's onwards. Admission is a gold coin, which goes to support the Tassie devil fund.
In November 2011 Richardson's opened their Hobart outlet. Sales and repairs are catered for. It's at 263 Elizabeth St, just 3 blocks from the CBD.
Campbell Town is roughly half way between Launceston and Hobart. Because it has well maintained public toilets many travellers stop there for a break. We think the best eating options include Zeps, and Brumby's bakery. Both are in the main street, have lots of parking right outside and provide clean toilets.
Ross is 10 km further south than Campbell Town. It's an attractive town, now bypassed by the highway, its main street lined with huge old elm trees. Our recommendation here is Ross Bakery, where a 100 year old wood fired oven is still used for baking. www.rossbakery.com.au
Blue Edge Bakery, Burgess St (the main street) Bicheno. Excellent bakery goods, top service, there's usually parking outside. Ian, the owner is a fellow bike rider. Clean toilet.
Scorchers by the River and Gateway at Orford. If heading south cross the bridge and turn left immediately. These 2 cafes are next door to each other. Between them they are open from about 8.00 am till after dinner. Parking is outside in full view of either restaurant. Clean toilets.
Artifakt, Tasman Highway, Swansea. Nice food and coffee and clean toilets. Parking in front of cafe.
Bark Mill Bakery, Swansea. On the Tasman highway at the north end of town. Bakery goods and coffee. Open early for breakfasts. Plenty of off street parking. Clean toilets. Great value bar meals and pizzas (including to take away) at the Bark Mill Tavern in the same building.
The Iron Horse Bar and Grill at Richardson's Harley Davidson at Prospect. Open 11 am till late for lunch and dinner, Wednesdays till Saturdays. Tuesdays 11 am till 3 pm for lunch. Closed Sundays and Mondays. As you would expect, it has a Harley Davidson theme - and there's rock music too!
Holy Cow Cafe, St Columba's Falls Rd., Pyengana. This great little cafe at the cheese factory serves real home cooked food made by a team of locals. Plenty of parking and clean toilets.
Weldborough Hotel - on the main road, it's the only hotel at Weldborough. Substantial serves of good home cooked pub style food. Lunch from 12.00 till 2.00 pm. They're also part of the Tasmanian Brew Trail, offering a great range of boutique Tassie beers and ciders. It's worth staying overnight to sample them. www.weldborough.com
At Eureka Farm in Upper Scamander Rd, 1 km from the Tasman Highway just south of Scamander, fruit is grown without use of chemicals - berries, stone fruit, apples and pears. From this they make their own special ice creams, other deserts and fruit smoothies. The small cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and serves simple but delicious food with everything made from scratch. Ample off street parking. www.eurekafarm.net Closed during the winter months.
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Ulysses Club members heading for the east coast. Photo courtesy Zoe Gray.