Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park protects a whole peninsula of rugged mountains fringed with sea cliffs and picturesque white-sand beaches including the iconic Wineglass Bay. First glimpses of the park are of dramatic pink-granite peaks while within its pretty eucalypt woodlands and coastal wetlands an abundance of animal and birdlife matches its scenic beauty.
From Hobart via Tasman Hwy then C302 to Coles Bay; from Launceston via Midlands, Esk and Tasman hwys
Spring to autumn
200 km north-east of Hobart
- PWS 1300 135 513
- PWS Freycinet (03) 6256 7000
Park entry fee payable
16 800 ha
Bicheno (03) 6375 1500
Featured Activities in the National Park
Go beachcombing among the rock pools and headlands of the Friendly Beaches
Stroll around the Cape Tourville boardwalk for cliff-top views
Search for rare orchids in the gullies and woodlands
Photograph the perfect white-sand crescent of Wineglass Bay
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A look at the past
Abel Tasman sailed up the east coast in 1642, but it was Nicholas Baudin, following in 1802, who named the peninsula after two of his ofﬁcers, the brothers Louis and Henri de Freycinet. Sealers, whalers, miners and farmers soon arrived and the hut at Cooks Beach is a relic of this period. The national park was the ﬁrst in Tasmania, declared in 1916.
Freycinet Peninsula is part of the territory of the Oyster Bay tribe. These people enjoyed a variety of seasonal foods from ducks, swans and shellﬁsh in the coastal lowlands to wallabies and kangaroos inland. The Toorernomairremener band occupied the peninsula, and middens on the coast indicate where food was harvested and stone tools manufactured.
Freycinet’s 23-kilometre peninsula is dominated by two rows of granite mountains that sweep up from the sea on either side of a narrow isthmus that connects its two famously beautiful beaches – Wineglass Bay and Promise Bay. Mount Dove (485 metres) and Mount Freycinet (620 metres) are the highest peaks. North of Cape Tourville the remote Friendly Beaches are backed by unspoilt coastal dunes. Schouten Island in the south is uninhabited and accessible only by boat.
Around the beautiful coastline there are shady groves of she-oaks, while inland are blue gum, white peppermint and white gum woodlands with banksias and Oyster Bay pines. Black peppermint, brown-topped stringybark and silver peppermint grow where soils are poor. On the forest ﬂoor there are 43 species of orchid; two of the most rare are the horned orchid and rusty hood orchid.
Along with Bennett's wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, sugar gliders, common wombats, short-beaked echidnas and ringtail possums, and some very bold brushtail possums around the campgrounds, the park is one of the few places in the state where you might see Tasmanian bettongs in the wild. These delightful marsupials are probably extinct on mainland Australia. Dolphins, humpback whales and southern right whales are seen around the coast. Among the numerous bird species here, the most conspicuous and noisiest are yellow-tailed black-cockatoos, green rosellas and yellow wattlebirds.
The park offers magnificent bushwalking and some of the loveliest beach walking in Australia. Circular bays rimmed with white-sand beaches and lichen-leached boulders entice with romantic names such as Honeymoon and Wineglass. To see the park there are walking and hiking trails ranging from a few minutes to several days, as well as guided ATV tours to the southern Friendly Beaches and cruises to Wineglass Bay and Schouten Island. The boulder-strewn Bluestone Bay is accessible by 4WD only. In summer, there are slide shows, talks and spotlight walks to acquaint you with the park and its animals.
Beach and bushwalking
Cape Tourville circuit is a wheelchair-accessible track offering views over the Tasman Sea from several vantage points. The longer Wineglass Bay Lookout track (1 hour return) is the park's most popular short walk, climbing to breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay and Mount Graham. The Hazards Beach circuit (11 km) heads from the lookout down to Wineglass Bay (40 minutes) and either along the sand to its southern end (30 minutes) or across the isthmus to Hazards Beach, where tracks lead south to Cooks and Bryans beaches (3 hours) or back around the coast via Lemana lookout with spectacular views of Promise Bay (2 hours). The Freycinet Peninsula Track (3 days) leads from the circuit track to Cooks Beach, then up and over the East Freycinet Saddle and Mount Graham before descending to the southern end of Wineglass Bay. In the north of the park, Friendly Beaches offers secluded beachcombing amid headlands and rock pools.
Canoeing and kayaking
This coastline is excellent for inshore canoeing or ocean kayaking for paddlers of all abilities. There are coves, cliffs and sea caves to explore but keep an eye on the weather.
From a boat or the shoreline there is great ﬁshing for trevally, ﬂathead, trumpeter and salmon.
The park’s granite peaks offer some challenging climbs and it is a popular destination for clubs and independent climbers. There are no commercial tours. Whitewater Wall, south of Sleepy Bay, is easily accessible and is one of the most spectacular climbing sites in the park.
Flights from the Friendly Beaches airstrip, off Coles Bay Road, take in the Freycinet Peninsula’s dramatic and beautiful landscape.
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