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How to get to Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park is located on the east coast of Tasmania, an island state off the south coast of mainland Australia. To get there you can fly to Hobart or Launceston or take the ferry to Devonport, and then transfer to Freycinet by car or bus.

If you’re not travelling as part of a tour, you’ll need to buy a park pass from Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Services. A daily pass costs $44.75 per vehicle (carrying up to 8 people) or $22.35 per person. You can also purchase a holiday pass for $89.50 (valid for up to two months) or $44.75 per person. A holiday pass is better if you plan to visit multiple national parks in Tasmania.

By air

Hobart and Launceston are the most convenient airports to fly to as they connect to more destinations in Australia, including daily flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Flights take approximately 1 hour from Melbourne, 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Brisbane.

It's a 2.5-3 hour drive to Freycinet National Park from Hobart and Launceston.

By sea

You can take the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Geelong to Devonport on the northern tip of Tasmania. There are nightly sailings (and day sailings between September and April), and the journey takes 9-11 hours. You can travel as a foot passenger or take a vehicle.

From Devonport, it takes roughly 3 hours to drive to Freycinet National Park.

By bus 

Public transport is limited in Tasmania, especially outside of Hobart and Launceston, but there is a public bus to Freycinet from a few destinations. Below are the main routes:

  • Bicheno to Coles Bay, Swansea and Hobart
  • Coles Bay/Bicheno to Launceston via St Marys
  • Coles Bay/Bicheno to St Marys and St Helens

By road

Tasmania is relatively small (at least by Australian standards!), so it never takes too long to get from A to B. Below are average driving times to Freycinet National Park from popular destinations in Tasmania:

  • Hobart: 2.5 hours 
  • Launceston: 2 hours
  • Devonport: 3 hours 
  • Cradle Mountain: 5 hours 
  • Queenstown: 4.5 hours
  • Kettering: 3 hours 

Take extra care when driving between dusk and dawn as this is when wildlife is most active.

How to get around Freycinet

Once you're in Freycinet National Park, driving is the easiest way to get around. Although you can reach many of the park's top spots via the walking tracks, you’ll still need transport to get to some beaches, trails and coastal towns dotted around the peninsula. If you’re feeling active, you could also hire a bicycle.

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Join a Freycinet National Park tour

If you'd rather sit back and take in the sights, why not join us on a small group tour. Tick off the highlights of Tasmania, walk the Tasman Coast or sample a little bit of everything on a Premium trip from Hobart to Launceston.