Coles Bay is a tiny settlement that is the accommodation centre for visitors to Freycinet National Park. The town came into being in 1934 when it began to become a popular haunt for fishermen and bushwalkers. Coles Bay is also the major tourist centre on Tasmania’s east coast and though it has plenty of holiday accommodation, the increased popularity of the Freycinet Peninsula as a tourist destination has meant you need to book ahead if you intend staying here overnight or longer.
Freycinet Peninsula circuit walk
Walking the 30 km Freycinet Peninsula Circuit is the ultimate Peninsula walk that takes in both the Wineglass Bay and Hazard circuit Great Short Walks, travelling around the Hazard Mountains to Hazards Beach. The track continues south to Cooks and Bryans Beaches. Walkers then cross the Peninsula over a heathland plateau next to Mount Freycinet where spectacular views are possible before descending to the white, quartz sands of Wineglass Bay. Walkers should allow at least two days to complete the trip – although the trip can be longer depending on the number of restful days you have on the beach.
Part of the Freycinet National Park, Schouten Island is a large rugged island off the southern tip of Freycinet Peninsula. During the early colonial days, the island was used first as a base for whalers and sealers, and later exploited for its coal and tin deposits. Today the island is uninhabited, so if you go there to explore its stunning coastline or its mountain peaks, you may well have the island to yourself.