national park in Tasmania, Australia
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Freycinet National Park is on the East Coast of Tasmania, consisting of knuckles of granite mountains all but surrounded by azure bays and white sand beaches. The dramatic peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park.

Sunset at Honeymoon Bay

Freycinet National Park offers a wide variety of activities. Take a walk to the pass overlooking the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay or try less strenuous activities like beach strolls, swimming or wildlife spotting.

Understand edit

Freycinet National Park is managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania. The 1 Visitor Centre ( +61 3 6256 7000 is open 9AM–4PM. Toilets are available at the Visitor Centre, Ranger Creek, and the Wineglass Bay car park.

History edit

Freycinet National Park was named after its first European visitor, Louis de Freycinet.

Landscape edit

Freycinet has stunning scenery - from the peaks of the Hazards of Coles Bay to the wonderful crescent of Wineglass Bay, Freycinet is a fascinating and breathtaking experience - one not to be missed on a visit to Tasmania.

Flora and fauna edit

You will be sharing the park with wonderful flora and fauna

Feeding of animals in the park is strictly prohibited, and is unhealthy for the animals. Fines will be imposed if you are caught feeding animals. Rangers are on patrol around the park. You can report people feeding animals to the visitor centre.

Climate edit

The climate in Freycinet is like most of Tasmania - relatively cool all year round. As it is windy, bringing an umbrella is not practical. Be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Get in edit

By car edit

Freycinet National Park is 2½-3 hours drive from either Hobart or Launceston. All roads to Freycinet are sealed, so a 4WD is not needed.

When driving from dusk to dawn, do take care as you are sharing the road with wildlife. Drive cautiously and keep a lookout for wallabies and wombats. An advisory speed limit of 60 km/h applies on the roads to and from the park after dark because of the risk of hitting wildlife.

Fees and permits edit

To enter any national park in Tasmania, you'll need to have a valid parks pass to enter the park, which can be found here at the Parks Tasmania website. There are numerous passes available, depending on your needs. The fees are up-to-date as of February 2023.

A daily parks pass is usually valid for 24 hours, and is usable in all parks although it does not include access to Cradle Mountain. This is particularly useful if you're going to numerous nearby parks. A pass for your vehicle covers up to 8 occupants, you only need the per person pass if you arrive without a vehicle.

  • Per vehicle: $41.20
  • Per person: $20.60

If you're staying in Tasmania for a few weeks and want to go numerous national parks, there's the Holiday Pass, which is valid for up to two months. This also includes Cradle Mountain.

  • Per vehicle: $82.40
  • Per person (≥5): $41.20

There is also the Annual Park Pass, which is valid in all parks, including Cradle Mountain.

  • $91.35 in general
  • $73.10 for concession holders
  • $36.55 for seniors

If you only plan to repeatedly visit one park again for 12 months, it's $46.70 in general, or $37.35 for concession holders. This excludes Cradle Mountain.

Passes can either be purchased through, in any national park visitor centre, some travel information centres, onboard Spirit of Tasmania vessels, and Service Tasmania centres. These can be bought at the national park visitor centre at the park entrance.

Get around edit

You can get to the major locations by car or bicycle, but then you will have to walk. There are some tours offered to the park.

However, if you do wish to follow tours or use public transport, find more information at the Parks and Wildlife Services of Tasmania's Freycinet National Park Section.

See edit

View over Wineglass Bay
  • Wineglass Bay has been voted by several travel magazines as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Located on the south-eastern side of the peninsula, the bay can only be reached by boat or by a 3-hour hike over hills from the car park.

If you do not wish to get to the beach, go to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. It is the same walk as the one which takes you to Wineglass Bay, but it is half the journey. Enjoy spectacular views and take postcard shots from there.

  • The Hazards These spectacular mountains of pink granite welcome you as you enter the park.

Do edit

Take the many walks at Freycinet. Be sure to wear proper walking shoes, ideally waterproof enough to handle stepping in puddles, and have a good map. Here is a guide:

Short walks (under 2 hours return):

  • Sleepy Bay
  • Little Gravelly Beach
  • Wineglass Bay Lookout, well formed, well signposted.
  • Scenic Lookout, Friendly Beaches
  • Saltwater Lagoon, Friendly Beaches

Medium walks (2-4 hours return):

  • Wineglass Bay
  • Mt Amos

Long walks (4-8 hours return):

  • Wineglass Bay/Hazards Beach Circuit
  • Hazards Beach

Be sure to check the weather before planning the walks. Besides these walks, there are other shorter walks, like 5-10 minute walks which are worth taking. Get more information at the Freycinet Visitor Centre.

Do take scenic drives around Freycinet. Here is a guide:

  • Cape Tourville: The 6.4-km sealed road to Cape Tourville leaves from the main road just after the Freycinet Lodge. From the carpark, take the short, boardwalked track around the cliffline to the lighthouse. Along this fenced track are sweeping views along the coast.
  • The Friendly Beaches: Spectacular views and miles of unspoiled white sand beaches are the main features of The Friendly Beaches, which were added to the national park in 1992. The beaches can be reached via a signposted turnoff on the Coles Bay Road. Gravel roads lead to car parks overlooking the beaches at a couple of points. Some information signs point out interesting features and foot tracks lead to the beaches.

Do participate in water activities at Freycinet. Swim at Wineglass Bay, snorkel and dive at Sleepy Bay and Honeymoon Bay.

  • Freycinet Experience Walk,, +61 362237565, toll-free: +1800 506 003. The Freycinet Experience Walk is a four-day journey along the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast which combines coastal and mountain walking. The walk will take you along deserted beaches, up pink granite monoliths and through the heart of the rich native heath lands of the Freycinet National park, including the iconic Wineglass Bay. The walk covers between 33 and 37 km depending on which walking option you choose. Regardless of choice you will travel from the southern tip to the north of the Freycinet Peninsula in a continuous journey and the best part is that because this bushwalk is lodge-based you don’t have to carry a heavy back pack. No-one except your fellow walkers and the four staff will be at the Friendly Beaches Lodge with you. Stays at the lodge include food and wine.

Buy edit

Souvenirs can be bought at the Freycinet Visitor Centre. They are rather affordable, and you can find good stuff there.

Eat edit

  • Oystercatcher Cafe: Affordable, delicious fresh local seafood and amazing coffee. The Oyster Catcher Cafe can be found at Coles Bay at the town centre, close to the post office and ATM. The best fish and chips in the Freycinet Peninsula.

Drink edit

There is one pub in Freycinet, the Iluka Tavern in the town of Coles Bay which has a bottle shop as well.

Sleep edit

It is a popular area over summer so booking in advance is advised. Camping in the park over summer is by application and ballot. There is also accommodation in nearby Coles Bay and Bicheno.

  • Big4 Iluka on Freycinet Holiday Park, Coles Bay, Coles Bay,, toll-free: +1800 786 512. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. The park is just outside the entrance to Freycinet. In addition to the caravan parks, there are some very comfortable cabins that can be booked. The park is a very short walk away, and is also conveniently located for the local shops. A fantastic base for exploring this incredible area.

Camping edit

You need a camping permit to camp at Freycinet. For more information, inquire at the Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre.

Stay safe edit

  • Bring sufficient water when going for walks. Temperature and weather can change drastically, and should be prepared to be caught in a thunderstorm when just minutes ago it was bright and sunny.
  • Bring raincoats, energy bars and some candy on the longer walks. Anything can happen and you find yourself stranded. Bring basic first aid equipment - some of the walks in Freycinet involve climbing, and a sprained ankle can cause you to be stranded in the middle of nowhere. However you should be more confident to attempt the Wineglass bay lookout walk, which is well formed, signposted, and popular.
  • On the road, observe speed limits: 50 km/h on all Tasmanian streets, and 100 km/h on highways unless otherwise signed. Fines are imposed if motorists fail to observe speed limits.
  • Do not provoke animals, and remember not to feed them.

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Routes via Freycinet National Park
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