Freycinet National Park

Jutting out between The Tasman Sea and Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s east coast, the Freycinet Peninsula is a rugged and beautiful stretch of land, noted for its white-sand beaches, secluded coves, panoramic vistas, rocky cliffs and excellent bushwalks through the Freycinet National Park.

Where Is it?

202 km north east of Hobart and 218 km south east of Launceston


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Things To See And Do

Jutting out between The Tasman Sea and Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania’s east coast, the Freycinet Peninsula is a rugged and beautiful stretch of land, noted for its white-sand beaches, secluded coves, panoramic vistas, rocky cliffs and excellent bushwalks through the Freycinet National Park.

Freycinet National Park

In its own way Freycinet National Park is one of Australia’s most interesting wilderness areas – where else in the world do you see red granite cliffs tumbling into the cold ocean? This 10 000 ha park is alive with unusual animals – Tasmanian pademelons, white-breasted sea eagles, red-necked wallabies – and in season offers spectacular displays of rare native flora, notably a wide variety of native orchids. It is fair to say that it is one of the country’s most spectacularly beautiful areas and when the weather is perfect it is hard to imagine a more peaceful and awe-inspiring piece of coastline.

Whilst there are activities around Coles Bay, most of what the peninsula has to offer must be reached on foot – no vehicles are allowed beyond the Coles Bay area. Freycinet National Park has a series of wonderful bushwalks – many of which are part of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks. The most popular walk is the 1 – 1.5 hours return trek to Wineglass Bay lookout.

This is a steep uphill walk on a rocky, well-constructed track, but the world famous view from the top is worth every step. The crystal clear waters and white sandy beach of Wineglass Bay are a tremendous sight. 6 km outside town and inside the national park is the Cape Tourville Lighthouse, which allows extensive views north and south along the coast and across several of the small islands in the Tasman Ocean.
Whale-watching cruises operate between June and September, bay and game fishing, dolphin-watching, diving, scenic and marine wildlife cruises, and sunset cruises.

Surrounding Area

Coles Bay

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.


Schouten Island

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.


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