Freycinet National Park, Tasmania: a place of wild beauty
If you’re looking for an Australian Adventure, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Freycinet National Park, Tasmania. Located on the beautiful east coast, you’ll not only discover some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery in its pink granite mountains, pure white beaches and azure bays, but you’ll also find evidence of Tasmanian aboriginal culture, such as shell middens and rock art. Continue reading to learn more.
Located on Tasmania’s beautiful east coast, Freycinet National Park is a must-do experience if you’re visiting Australia’s smallest and only island state/territory on an Australian adventure. Here you’ll discover pink granite mountains, including the Hazards Range, pure white sand beaches, stunning azure bays, including the iconic Wineglass Bay, and an abundance of birdlife.
Experiences, Activities & Accommodations
A few of the experiences in Freycinet National Park include short walks to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons, lazing on the white sand beaches, swimming in the pristine waters, bird-watching, kayaking or wildlife cruising.
If you’re feeling energtic, a 30-minute hike up to the Wineglass Bay lookout from the car park is worth the effort for the photogenic views of the bay. A hike down the other side will bring you to the perfectly curved bay where you can relax or walk along the pristine beach, walk across the Isthmus trail to Hazard’s beach in search of ancient Aboriginal shell middens, or continue back to the park entrance for spectacular views of the Hazards Range and the Great Oyster Bay.
For the more active adventurers, hike the entire length of the bay to really explore the park’s beauty, but be prepared with water and supplies for overnight camping as it will take a minimum of two days. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, a four-day guided hike along the Freycinet Peninsula will take you to secluded beaches, up the pink granite slopes of Mount Graham and through the fertile native heathlands in the centre of Freycinet National Park.
If you’re short on time, prefer a less active experience or want to see some of Freycinet’s marine life, a cruise of Wineglass Bay will give you the opportunity to spot penguins, dolphins, seals or a variety of whales, depending on the time of year.
Accommodation in Freycinet National Park ranges from camping to luxury lodges, where you can dine on Tasmanian delicacies, such as succulent grass-fed beef and lamb or fresh-off-the-boat seafood, such as crayfish, scallops or oysters, for which Tasmania is famous.
Getting to Freycinet National Park
Getting to Freycinet is a 2.5 hour drive north from Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, or 2 hours south from Launceston, both of which are connected to major cities on the mainland via a range of daily flights. Include a visit to Freycinet National Park on a five-day road-trip of Tasmania’s Great Eastern Drive and you won’t be disappointed.