There are a lot of beautiful places in Tasmania, but Freycinet National Park is near the top of the list

With pink-tinted peaks, powder-white beaches and calm waters in every shade of blue, it'd be hard to find a peninsula as stunning as Freycinet. Explore Wineglass Bay — voted one of the world’s best beaches — and discover lesser-known coves dotted along Tassie's east coast. Traverse steep granite formations on a hike to the summit of Mt Amos. Or spot albatross, dolphins and whales from Cape Tourville Lighthouse followed by a local seafood lunch. 

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Highlights of Freycinet

Footsteps on Wineglass Bay Beach

Visit Wineglass Bay

With powder-white sands lapped by eye-popping blue water, it's no surprise Wineglass Bay was voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches. Lace up your walking shoes for a scenic 11.5-kilometre circuit walk down to this iconic beach, and also the lesser-known, but no less stunning, Hazards Beach on the opposite side of the Freycinet Peninsula isthmus.

A woman admiring the views of Freycinet National Park

Hike coastal bush trails

Freycinet offers heaps of trails for all fitness levels, from the iconic Mount Amos with panoramic vistas over Wineglass Bay to the easy Cape Tourville Lighthouse Track. The beauty of hiking in Freycinet is that you have access to beach and bush. There's no better feeling than a refreshing swim after a sweaty hike.

A red necked wallaby in Freycinet National Park

See native wildlife

There are plenty of opportunities to see native wildlife while you’re out bushwalking. Critters you may encounter include wombats, wallabies, possums, quolls and (if you’re really lucky) Tasmanian devils. Or hop in a kayak to spot bottlenose dolphins, Australian fur seals, sea eagles and albatross. You can also see humpbacks and southern right whales between May and October.

Two penguins walking on the sand in Bicheno

See a colony of penguins

Head to Bicheno, a small town just north of Freycinet, to visit a colony of penguins. Watch these fascinating creatures waddling from the ocean to their rookeries where they feed their young. A word of warning: you’ll need to wear closed shoes as the penguins have been known to nip toes!

A beautiful sunny day at Coles Bay Beach

Hit the beach

From vast stretches of sand like Hazards Beach to hidden spots like Friendly Beaches, Freycinet isn't short of an idyllic beach or two. Many are deserted and squeaky clean (no seriously, the sand literally squeaks beneath your feet). Get 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, excluding the occasional wallaby that hops down to say hello.

A person eating a bowl of mussels in Spring Bay

Enjoy 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. From grilled crayfish to freshly shucked oysters and 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 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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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 need to fly or sail, and then transfer to Freycinet by car or bus (if you're not joining us for a tour). There are daily flights to Hobart and Launceston from most major cities in Australia. You can also take the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Geelong, Melbourne to Devonport.

Learn more about how to get to Freycinet National Park

We'll drive around the park in an air-conditioned vehicle. 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.

Freycinet National Park is beautiful all year round, and the best time to visit depends on what you’d like to see and do. Spring and autumn are ideal for hiking, while summer is when to enjoy the park's pristine beaches. Winter offers traffic-free trails and whale watching opportunities.

Learn more about the best time to visit Freycinet National Park

Bring a comfy pair of walking shoes, a pair of thongs, sunglasses and a reusable water bottle. You should also bring clothing suitable for walking and outdoor activities, e.g. leggings, shorts and T-shirts.

If you visit during winter, bring warm layers, a waterproof and windproof jacket, a hat, gloves and a scarf (even when it's sunny as it can 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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