Freycinet National Park
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 the French explorer Louis de Freycinet (1779 - 1841), who sailed through the area in about 1800.
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.
Feeding of animals in the park is strictly prohibited, and is unhealthy for the animals. Fines will be imposed if you are caught feeding animals. Rangers are on patrol around the park. You can report people feeding animals to the visitor centre.
The climate in Freycinet is like most of Tasmania - relatively cool all year round. 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. An advisory speed limit of 60 km/h applies on the roads to and from the park after dark because of the risk of hitting wildlife.
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) :$60 Per Person :$28
You can get to the major locations by car or bicycle, but then you will have to walk. There are some tours offered to the park.
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:
Do participate in water activities at Freycinet. Swim at Wineglass Bay, snorkel and dive at Sleepy Bay and Honeymoon Bay.
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.
You need a camping permit to camp at Freycinet. For more information, inquire at the Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre.