With secluded bays, pink-tinted peaks and calm waters in every shade of blue, Freycinet is Tassie’s version of a tropical paradise.

Nestled on Tasmania’s East Coast, Freycinet National Park is a coastal playground waiting to be explored. It’s chock-full of natural beauty from the coastal forests to the orange lichen-covered boulders to the sparkling turquoise waters that beg you to take a dip. Freycinet is like a (very big) backyard for our local guides, and they’ll help you explore—Intrepid style. Hike to the summit of Mt Amos for breathtaking vistas of the peninsula, explore hidden trails and lookouts, swim at the pristine Wineglass Bay (ahem, voted one of the world’s best beaches) and say hello to native animals that live here. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to enjoy Tassie’s delicious local produce along the way, too. 

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Footsteps on Wineglass Bay Beach

Take a refreshing dip in Wineglass Bay

Enclosed within the pink-hued granite Hazards, it's no surprise Wineglass Bay is consistently voted one of the world’s top ten beaches. It's nothing short of perfect with powder-white sands, bright blue waters, wild coastal woodlands and the healing sound of waves lapping against the rocks. The hike down isn’t easy, but we promise the sweat will be worth it when you step foot on this postcard-perfect bay and dive into the ocean.

A woman admiring the views of Freycinet National Park

Hike the coastal bush trails

There's no better way to discover the beauty of Freycinet than by lacing up your hiking boots. There are heaps of trails for all fitness levels, from the iconic Mount Amos with panoramic vistas over Wineglass Bay, the easy Cape Tourville Lighthouse track, the Hazards Beach Circuit and Mount Freycinet Summit. The beauty of Freycinet’s trails is that they combine beach and bush—there’s nothing more refreshing than plunging into the crystal-clear ocean after a sweaty hike. 

A red necked wallaby in Freycinet National Park

See native wildlife

Freycinet is brimming with native wildlife and there are plenty of opportunities to see animals while you’re out bushwalking or in the water. When you’re out bushwalking (especially around dusk and dawn), you might encounter wombats, wallabies, possums, quolls, pademelons and (if you’re really lucky) Tasmanian devils. Hop in a kayak to see local marine life including bottlenose dolphins, Australian fur seals, sea eagles and albatross. You can also see humpbacks and southern right whales from May through September. 

Two penguins walking on the sand in Bicheno

See a colony of penguins in Bicheno

Just north of Freycinet is Bicheno, and the most popular residents here are a colony of penguins! Get up close and watch them waddling out of the ocean to their rookeries (AKA a penguin dwelling) for the evening to feed their young. Penguins are quite the noisy bunch and you’ll probably hear them wailing, trumpeting and growling before you see them as they make their way out of the water. Be warned: you’ll need to wear closed shoes as they’re known to occasionally nip toes!

A beautiful sunny day at Coles Bay Beach

Go on a beach crawl

From vast stretches of sand like Hazards Beach to hidden spots like Friendly Beaches, the trouble with Freycinet is choosing the beaches you won’t go to. Many of Freycinet’s beaches are deserted, untouched and squeaky clean (no seriously, the sand literally squeaks beneath your feet). Hike the beach trails, go swimming for your vitamin-sea fix or simply plonk yourself down on the sand with a good book. You’ll often have the entire beach all to yourself, except the occasional wallaby that hops down to say hello. 

A person eating a bowl of mussels in Spring Bay

Enjoy fresh local seafood

Exploring Freycinet works up an appetite, so why not head over to Coles Bay, Oyster Bay or Spring Bay to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner washed down with some of Tassie’s best white wine (of course). Tassie is world-famous for its deep, rich waters and abundant seafood. From grilled crayfish to freshly shucked oysters to creamy mussels, there’s no better way to eat seafood than when you can literally see where it was harvested from the restaurant table.

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Freycinet FAQs

Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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If you’re travelling from outside of Tasmania, you will need to travel by air or boat to Tassie, and transfer to Freycinet National Park by car, bus or private tour. The easiest airports to fly into are Hobart and Launceston as there are frequent flights between mainland Australia and they are relatively close to Freycinet. The drive from Hobart takes about 2.5 hours or 2 hours from Launceston. You can sail as a foot passenger or with your vehicle to Devonport from Port Melbourne with the Spirit of Tasmania, and then do the three-hour drive to Freycinet. 

There is also a public bus you can take with Transport Services. There are various routes along the East Coast including Bicheno to Coles Bay, Swansea and Hobart, and also Coles Bay/Bicheno to Launceston via St Marys. 

Learn more about how to get to Freycinet National Park

The easiest way to get around Freycinet is by car or private tour bus. While many of Freycinet’s top spots can be reached on the walking trails, you’ll still want to be able to get around to various landmarks, beaches, walking tracks and coastal towns dotted in and around the peninsula.  

The busiest time of year in Freycinet is spring (Sep-Nov) and summer (Dec-Feb) due to warm, dry weather. The temperature during these seasons averages a mild but pleasant 24°C, which makes it an ideal time to enjoy the beaches, walking tracks and water activities. Just note that it’s busier during the warmer months and it may be harder to get accommodation, but if you book in advance you'll be fine. 

Autumn and winter are relatively dry with an average of 5 days of rainfall per month. Winter daytime temperatures hover around 14°C, but it can feel brisk when it’s windy. However, it’s generally dry and sunny and the conditions are great for walking. The bonus of visiting in winter is that it's quieter and you’ll practically have the beaches and walking tracks all to yourself. 

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No matter what time of year you visit, bring a comfy pair of walking boots/shoes, a pair of thongs, sunglasses and a reusable water bottle. You should also bring clothing suitable for walking and outdoor activities such as leggings, shorts and t-shirts. If you visit during winter, bring warm layers, a waterproof and windproof jacket, a hat, gloves and a scarf to keep warm (even if it's sunny it can still feel chilly with the coastal winds). For summer trips, bring layered clothing, bathers, a sun hat and a jumper to throw on when the temperature drops at night. 

You will have mobile phone reception and access to mobile data in the coastal towns and main tourist hubs, but it may be patchy or cut off in more remote areas of the national park.

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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