The Eastcoaster Tasmania started life as The Alginates (Australia) Company Alginate Processing Factory in 1963. Kelp was harvested three times a year, but a maximum of 493 tons (dry weight) a year was harvested, and some beds yielded only one crop per year. In 1971 The Alginates (Australia) Company applied for an extension of their lease area and permission to include bull kelp. Early in 1973, bull kelp was processed for the first time; but dwindling supplies of kelp and low prices meant the Alginates factory closed later that year.
The factory was then purchased, and in a visionary master-stroke, repurposed into an accommodation facility – the birth of The Eastcoaster as we know it.
The factory shell was divided into accommodation bays over two levels on the water-facing side of the building, and split-level rooms were developed into the divided accommodation bays facing Louisville Road. The southern end of the factory was converted into a restaurant, bar and reception area, while the old kelp washing facility was converted into an indoor pool. Two squash courts were built at the northern end of the site, and on the southern end of the site, a waterfront bar – the Louisville Tavern – were also developed. The factory floor was repurposed to provide a cavernous meeting, conferencing and events space – at one time, the largest on the East Coast. And finally, the old dock became the base of operations for the Maria Island ferry service, also managed and run by the Eastcoaster until the closure of Spring Bay Mill saw this service relocated to Triabunna to assist with regional re-development.
For over forty years, the property has operated as a fixture on the East Coast of Tasmania, providing memorable stays for local families and interstate visitors alike – and the ideal base to explore Maria Island. It has been the home of the legendary Crayfish Derby yacht race – an annual fixture at the end of each Sydney Hobart. It has been bought and sold and has run under many names and guises: Eastcoaster Resort, Eastcoaster Waters edge Resort, East Coast Central Watersedge Resort to name but a few.
The Eastcoaster is only a short five minute trip to Triabunna, where ferry crossings to Maria Island daily to the island.
The Eastcoaster is the perfect base to explore Tasmania’s magnificent east coast. Being conveniently located halfway between the iconic attractions of the Freycinet National Park and the convict settlement of Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula.
The Terrace Restaurant is open daily from 9am-2pm for coffee and cakes. There are also books and games available for guests to borrow during your stay, these are available at the Terrace Restaurant.
Our Springbay Seafood and Wine Bar is available for lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm, and for dinner from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. To avoid disappointment, particularly on weekends and during holiday season. Please phone direct to make a booking: (03) 6257 1080.
The Eastcoaster has two pools available for guests to enjoy. Our indoor pool is heated to 25oc. Also available for use are our gymnasium, spa. These facilities are open from 8am to 8pm daily.
Other Eastcoaster facilities include; tennis, basketball and squash courts, racquets and balls are available from reception. A kid’s playground is also available outside the main accommodation block.
There is a laundry room available for guest use outside the main accommodation block.
We have four outside communal BBQs available on the grassed area adjacent to the main accommodation block. There are BBQ tools available from reception. We also have BBQ packs available, please see restaurant staff or call reception for more information.
We have a business centre available with desks, printing facilities, projectors and screens, whiteboards, additional computer screens. We have many other stationery and computer supplies available, just ask at reception.
The Eastcoaster has great modern conferencing facilities available. We have spaces available for everything from small group meetings right up to conferences for up to 165 people. We can supply morning and afternoon tea as well as restaurant style meals for larger groups. Talk to reception about having your next event here.
A private fishing jetty is also available for guest use.
Walking track- there is a beautiful walking track available from the Eastcoaster to Barton Avenue. This walking track takes you along the edge of the Spring Bay. The track can be accessed from the left-hand side of the beach.