In the last school holidays, we decided to explore the east coast of Tasmania. As part of this, we wanted to visit Maria Island. This meant we needed accommodation near the ferry in Triabunna.
Enter the Eastcoaster Resort Tas. Located a six minute drive from the ferry, this resort not only has a ton of room types that would suit us but also a huge range of facilities for lots of fun when we weren’t on Maria including two pools, both indoor and outdoor.
Add in the cheapest price we paid for a family room so far in Tassie and there was no way we were staying anywhere else. So was it a good choice?
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Eastcoaster Resort Review
We stayed here with our three kids aged from 4-10 years old.
There are a range of room types at the Eastcoaster including motel style rooms, cabins and villas.
The motel rooms range from double to family rooms fitting from 2 to 5 people (note for 5 you will need an extra rollaway bed). They are more than a basic bed and bathroom combo and also feature small living, dining and kitchenette areas.
There are also a range of self contained cabins with kitchenettes, living and dining areas and bathrooms. These range from a more basic double to family options with two bedrooms. Some have spas.
Finally, there are villas in a separate part of the resort which are two bedrooms, two bathroom with full kitchens, spas and views. These are the top choice.
All room types have heating, tea and coffee making facilities, microwaves and toasters. Motel rooms, and some of the cabins and villas, have air conditioning as well.
Family Garden View Motel Room AND Family Suite
We booked a Family Garden View motel room which is the cheapest option for a family of 5 primarily because it was the only choice left when we booked. It is fine!
However, we didn’t have the best entry to the room. We arrived on a day with torrential rainfall and while we would park by our motel room, there is nothing undercover by the door so we got quite wet getting the door unlocked and our luggage in.
Thankfully, we were pleasantly surprised on entry with the room being bigger than we expected and not really what I picture when I think of a motel room.
On entry, we were in the downstairs area which has a living area with a couch and TV. It is bordered by a dining area with a small table with three chairs.
Next to this is the kitchenette with small fridge, microwave and basic crockery and cutlery as well as toaster and kettle. There is an extra chair here as well.
In this same main room is two single beds. It’s a big room and everything fit fine with enough space for us to hang out.
There are also stairs by the front door up to the loft area. These only just fit with little space between the bottom of the stairs and the windows by the door.
Upstairs is a double bed, cupboard with luggage holder and a bathroom with shower. The upstairs area is not as spacious but it did the job. There are also high windows in this area with no furnishings – so you do get light as soon as the sun is up.
Everything is older style but comfortable and clean. Our view was of the car park – no bay views as stated on their site.
Our only real complaint was although I had confirmed a rollaway bed for our third child and had been charged for it on check in, it wasn’t in the room. This has happened somewhat regularly to us in various places, so it wasn’t a big deal until we rung twice over the course of the afternoon to be told they would get it only to not have it come.
At 5pm, we gave up and were worried they had left for the day so chased down the receptionist in person only to find out that they had run out of rollaway beds and one wasn’t coming.
We were not happy at all. We wouldn’t book a room without enough beds for us and the way they handled the problem was bad. They could have told us in the first place instead of hoping we would somehow forget that we all need a bed.
They agreed to move us to another room which had just become empty when people couldn’t get there due to flooding. This one was the same as our current room but with a sofa bed which they said they would make up.
It was annoying to pack up and move everything in the rain, but we didn’t feel we had a choice. The new room was a bit nicer (I realise now it was a family suite rather than garden view like our other room). The sofa bed being made up meant some linen dropped in the room, but at least we had beds!
And this room looked at bush rather than a car park. Unfortunately, the wifi wasn’t as good but it was still better than most accommodation I have stayed at in Tasmania.
This did somewhat sour our first day at the hotel but it got better from there 🙂
My only complaint otherwise about the room was no servicing. It would be good if they picked up rubbish and supplied some cleaning products. Or even had some bins outside in the grounds where we could empty our rubbish as the tiny bin supplied did not cut it and after two days, it was a bit gross.
The lack of servicing, rubbish collection and cleaning equipment (if no servicing) would prevent me from staying in this room type more than a few days.
The facilities available here are what makes the Eastcoaster really stand out as there are just so many.
The most important one for us is the indoor pool! This was a nice and very welcome place for us to enjoy during our stay. It’s a decent size and also has a spa which wasn’t operating at the time of our visit.
There is a small gym next to the pool.
There is also an outdoor pool but it wasn’t warm enough during our stay to want to use that but some families were. It’s near the water so has the added benefit of good views.
We were able to borrow swimming noodles from reception which is an extra bonus.
Near the indoor pool is a squash court which our family also found fun.
Nearby is a half basketball court and tennis court. There is also a playground and BBQ facilities.
At the waterfront is the Eastcoaster Resort restaurant, Springbay Seafood and Wine Bar (more below) and a jetty for fishing as well as a walking trail.
Next to the reception is another restaurant, the Terrace Restaurant, and it’s also possible to borrow books and games from here.
The outside areas are well looked after and fun to explore. The resort was full when we visited during school holidays and we still found we had easy access to everything.
There are several dining options on site. The Terrace Restaurant serves coffee and cakes in the main building from 9am-2pm with the Springbay Seafood and Wine Bar open for lunch and dinner daily and breakfast on weekends.
They also have a pizza part to this restaurant and we had some take away pizzas. They were very good.
You can also self cater in your room or use the BBQ facilities. Otherwise, Triabunna and Orford have some dining and take away options just a short drive away.
Eastcoaster Tasmania Location
The Eastcoaster Resort Orford Tas is located at 1 Louisville Road, Orford.
This is just off the main Tasman Highway between Orford and Triabunna. The turn off is clearly labelled, and it’s hard to miss.
The Eastcoaster Orford Tasmania is right by the water with nice views at many points. It does feel like its own little world.
We enjoyed staying at the Eastcoaster Resort and would definitely stay there again.
The combination of spacious rooms, a ton of facilities and an economical price make this a great hotel to consider if you are looking to visit Maria Island, wanting to stay in the Orford/Triabunna area or simply want an easy weekend away. I could see us staying for a weekend again sometime soon just to enjoy the facilities.
While I am disappointed by the lack of care factor when it came to us getting an additional bed, at least it was resolved. Now if they could just change the bins, I would have no hesitation in saying this is a great place to stay, especially for families.
In the meantime, I’m happy to return and give them a chance to redeem themselves on these fronts 🙂
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