Richardsons Beach (powered sites) camping area
There are 18 powered sites suitable for vans here, set on firm ground near the visitor centre and just metres from the beach. A day-use area nearby has a BBQ and picnic tables. If you are lucky enough to win a spot here in the annual ballot, you can stay up to 10 nights, giving you plenty of time to explore Freycinet’s scenic delights. Boil or treat the water before use. Access to the park is signposted off the Tasman Hwy (A3), 33 km north of Swansea. Drive 28 km along the C302 and enter the park 1 km past Coles Bay township. Coles Bay has petrol, stores, ice, gas refills and a number of good restaurants.
Who to contact: PWS Freycinet Visitor Centre (03) 6256 7000 Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au
This campsite is located in Freycinet National Park
Tasmania’s first national park is also its most spectacular. Even driving towards the park is a visual treat, as soaring granite peaks come into view. Once there you will be mesmerised by the park’s spectacular cliff-top lookouts, azure water and pure white beaches, especially the iconic Wineglass Bay. Camping sites for the summer and Easter holidays at Richardsons Beach and Honeymoon Bay are allocated by an online ballot drawn on 1 Aug each year. Tracks lead into the park from a trailhead at the end of Coles Bay Rd, ranging from a 1 hr return walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout to a climb up Mt Amos. Both are rewarded with bird’s-eye views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. The 3-day, 30 km Freycinet Peninsula Circuit heads to glorious beaches and the mountainous southern part of the peninsula. The park is a gas/fuel stove-only area and although water is available it should be boiled or treated before drinking. Brushtail possums and wallabies are common in the park and likely to raid your food if it isn’t stowed securely.
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