I spent three days in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania in 2011, while on a road trip around Australia. It still is one of my all-time favorite national parks. Located on a peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania, it is a place made up of a dramatic granite mountain range, spectacular sandy beaches and hidden coves.
The landscape is dominated by The Hazards, a series of pink mountain peaks overlooking Wineglass Bay below. Wineglass Bay, by the way, is without question one of the most stunning beaches on this planet. The national park encompasses a fabulous stretch of coastline, about halfway up/down the Tasmanian east coast, which provides a home to huge numbers of bird species, mammals and sea creatures. Examples of present wildlife are possums, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, southern right whales, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales. Freycinet National Park’s sheltered bays are ideal calving grounds.
Things to Do in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
As a spectacular national park, this is a wonderful place for outdoorsy activities. The visitor center has loads of information on hikes, history, weather and recommended things to do. The most popular thing to do is hiking. Hiking is probably the very best way to see more of the park.
A much-visited hiking destination is the Wineglass Bay Lookout Point; the hike starts at a parking lot at the base of The Hazards, climbs up steadily and eventually offers fabulous views of the bay below. This is one of the most photographed spots in Tasmania. Many visitors turn around and head back, but it is suggested to walk down to the beach. More adventurous spirits can spend the night at the basic campground at the far end of the Wineglass Bay beach. There’s a large number of hikes in Freycinet National Park, ranging from easy strolls to multi-day hikes around the peninsula.
If you’re not into hiking, you can just spend some time soaking up the Tasmanian sun at one of many quiet beaches. You can also rent sea kayaks, as well as sailboats and canoes. There are some nice diving and snorkeling sites as well.
Camping is a very popular summer activity, sites are available for tents, campervans and motorhomes. Additional accommodation can be found in Coles Bay, the town near the entrance of the national park.
During my three days in Freycinet National Park I spent two nights camping out on – literally – the beach of Wineglass Bay, at night staring at the fabulous Milky Way above. I went a long day hikes, swam with dolphins in the bay and relaxed on the beach. It was spectacular and those three days are among my fondest memories of Australia.