Nestled in the iconic Hazards range and bordered with pink granite peaks, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park is the most photographed view in the entirety of our island state.
It is about 2.5 hours drive from north from Hobart and south from Launceston.
With far less rainfall than Strahan and the West Coast, the whole East Coast of Tasmania from Hobart to St Helens offers wonderful beaches, open forests and rolling farmlands.Travel Destination Freycinet contains the Freycinet National Park, and the village of Coles Bay.
It is 125 km (78 mi) from Hobart, and about the same distance from Launceston. It takes about two hours to drive there from either city. The closest major town and supermarket is at Swansea, about 40 minutes drive from Coles Bay. Freycinet Peninsula was named after the French navigator Louis de Freycinet.
Freycinet was declared a National Park in 1916, and is one of the oldest in Australia. Today it is a holiday centre for Tasmanians as well as a drawcard for many visitors.
Because the National Park is on a peninsula, and the entrance is at one end, much of the Park can only be reached on foot or by boat.
The walking, hiking, wildlife viewing and scenery at Travel Destination Freycinet are excellent. Wineglass Bay is the most famous of the beaches, and it cannot be reached by car.
Walking to the Saddle Lookout: From the Parking Lot at the Trail Head, follow the well-defined track to the Saddle and the Wineglass Bay Lookout. The track climbs to a Saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson at an elevation of approximately 180 metres (600 ft) and provides an opportunity for looking out over the Bay itself.
The track is beautifully constructed and maintained, though you will require a fair degree of fitness. The walk will take you about 3 hours at a leisurely pace.
Geography, Weather and Activities
Freycinet is in the rain shadow of the Central Highlands of Tasmania and so it enjoys a mild climate and much less rain than the West Coast.
Annual rainfall is about 600 mm (24″), and is distributed slightly less in the winter than the summer, though rain can be expected year round. Summers are warm, average highs being 23C (73 F) and overnight average lows 13C (55 F). In winter you can expect average highs of 14 C (57 F) and overnight lows of 6 C (42 F).
A feature of Freycinet Peninsula is the pink granite from which it is formed. The main mountains, “The Hazards”, show this colouring. Sea Kayaking is popular, there is an oyster farm near Coles Bay, the vineyards of the East Coast are nearby, and there are endless beaches with almost no people on them.
The best accommodation in Freycinet is Saffire, or the beautifully situated Freycinet Lodge at the gates of the National Park.
Map of Freycinet Peninsula
Zoom in and out for an interactive map of Freycinet Peninsula