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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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.
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.
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.
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.