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Freycinet National Park is on the East Coast of Tasmania. Freycinet National Park consists of knuckles of granite mountains all but surrounded by azure bays and white sand beaches. The dramatic peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park.
Freycinet National Park offers a wide variety of activities. Take a walk to the pass overlooking the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay or try less strenuous activities like beach strolls, swimming or wildlife spotting.
Freycinet National Park is administered by the Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania.
Freycinet National Park was named after its founder, Louis de Freycinet.
Freycinet has stunning scenery - from the peaks of The Hazards of Coles Bay to the wonderful crescent of Wineglass Bay, Freycinet is a fascinating and breathtaking experience - one not to be missed on a visit to Tasmania.
Flora and fauna
You will be sharing the park with wonderful plants; and animals like wallabies.
The climate in Freycinet is like most of Tasmania - relatively cool all year round, and the weather is pretty mild. As it is windy, bringing an umbrella is not practical. Be prepared for all kinds of weather, though.
Freycinet National Park is about 2.5 hours to 3 hours drive from either Hobart or Launceston. All roads to Freycinet are sealed, so a 4WD is not needed.
When driving from dusk to dawn, do take care as you are sharing the road with wildlife. Drive cautiously and keep a lookout for wallabies and wombats.
You need a permit for all of Tasmania's National Parks. They can be bought at the national park visitor centre at the park entrance, and there are several different options from a day pass for just this one national park to a pass that is valid for an entire year and includes all National Parks of Tasmania.
The fees are shown below (currency is in Australian dollar):
Daily Pass: up to 24 hours Per vehicle (up to 8 people): $22 Per person: $11
Holiday Pass: Up to 8 weeks Per Vehicle (up to 8 people) :$56 Per Person :$28
The only way to get around Freycinet is by car. However, if you do wish to follow tours or use public transport, find more information at the Parks and Wildlife Services of Tasmania's Freycinet National Park Section
If you do not wish to get to the beach, go to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. It is the same walk as the one which takes you to Wineglass Bay itself, but it is half the journey. Enjoy spectacular views and take postcard shots from there.
Take the many walks at Freycinet. Be sure to wear proper walking shoes and have a good map. Here is a guide:
Short walks (Under 2 hours return):
Medium walks (2-4 hours return):
Long walks (4-8 hours return):
Be sure to check the weather before planning the walks. Besides these walks, there are other shorter walks, like 5-10 minute walks which are worth taking. Get more information at the Freycinet Visitor Centre.
Do take scenic drives around Freycinet. Here is a guide:
Souvenirs can be bought at the Freycinet Visitor Centre. They are rather affordable, and you can find good stuff there.
There is one pub in Freycinet, the Iluka Tavern in the town of Coles Bay which has a bottle shop as well.
It is a popular area over Summer so booking in advance is advised
You need a camping permit to camp at Freycinet. For more information, inquire at the Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre.