Freycinet National Park is one of the genuine highlights of any visit to Tasmania – celebrated for its dramatic and diverse scenery.
Located on the mid-east coast, this rugged peninsula is a stunning combination of pink granite mountains, eucalypt forests and white sandy beaches and dunes.
The park’s most famous image is that of Wineglass Bay – so called for the shape it forms around the clear turquoise waters, however during Tasmania’s whaling heyday in a sad historic fact, also for the colour of the water as whales were processed during the late 1800’s. Ideal for swimming, kayaking and scuba diving, it is considered by many to be one of the world’s best coastal destinations.
Soaring above the rest of the Hazard Range is the glorious Mt Freycinet at 620 metres. You can explore the region on one of the beautiful day hikes – starting with the relaxed 20-minute Cape Tourville walk – while for the more adventurous visitor there is climbing and abseiling.
Fascinating wildlife abounds throughout the park, with bird-lovers having the chance to spot white-bellied sea eagles, large Australasian gannets, eastern spinebills, yellow-throated or crescent honeyeaters and yellow-tailed black cockatoos.
You can base your Freycinet National Park adventure at a variety of basic powered or unpowered campsites, or head to some of the great accommodation nearby at Coles Bay village, Swansea or Bicheno.