We put the caravan away and took ourselves on a different sort of holiday. We rented a three bedroom house a short walk away from the famous Binalong Bay beach on the east coast of Tasmania.
If you are holidaying with friends I highly recommend this option, especially once the kids are in bed you can freely hang out together without worrying about moving the sleeping lions at the end of the night once you want head back to your 'room' or 'cabin'.
When we arrived we were welcomed by a clean house, a fantastic deck view and we slept on beautiful and comfortable beds. The house featured many extras such as a games cupboard filled with sporting equipment, there were swings hanging in the trees, a native animal and bird eating station to place your food scraps and the cupboards were filled with all the kitchen implements you need.
Our first full day started with a visit to the beach in the morning. We then kicked back on the deck for Australia Day (Triple J's Hottest 100 day) with many frothies in the beautiful sun and soaked in the serenity. Ahhhhhh the serenity.
Over the next few days we visited St Helens for shopping, Binalong Bay for swims, oyster farms for juicy sea fare and restaurants for anniversary lunches. Noiiiise.
We love this part of Tasmania and try to visit the East Coast at least once a year. The beaches in this area are AH-mazing. However it is hard to find a good swimming beach sometimes as the waves are usually booming. Even our usual bay at Cosy Corner was way too big for a kid friendly swim this time. However big waves don't always mean that there is good surfing. I am sure there are some nice breaks somewhere and if not and you are into that sort of thing you could head into the dunes and do some sand boarding.
We think St Helens is a great place to bring the family and I suggest for your next holiday you look into the private rental market. Thankyou Breakers we had a fab time.