Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Some of Tassie’s most iconic sights can be found at Freycinet National Park, including Wineglass Bay and Cape Tourville Lighthouse.
Freycinet National Park is 179 km north-east of Hobart, accessible via the A3 to Bicheno and a turn-off onto the C302 to Coles Bay. It’s one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations with about 160,000 visitors a year. The major attraction is the walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout, which is a 1.3km uphill climb with over 300 bush steps. For the more adventurous, you can continue the walk by descending to Wineglass Bay and enjoying a swim in the azure-blue waters; just make sure you bring enough drinking water.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
The national park campground, located behind the visitor information centre, has power and water. Hot showers are coin-operated. Fees are $13 per two people per night for an unpowered site (family $16) or $16 for a powered site (family $22). Bookings are advisable. Ring the information centre on 03 6256 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
A trip to Cape Tourville Lighthouse is also a must-do. A boardwalk gives you spectacular views of the steep cliffs and the often wild and stormy Tasman Sea. Cape Tourville Lighthouse was erected relatively recently in 1971 to replace the inaccessible Cape Forestier Lighthouse on Lemon Rock which was decommissioned the same year.
Don’t miss a walk on Friendly Beaches with long stretches of unspoiled, white sand and panoramic views. The beaches can be reached via a sign posted turn-off from the Coles Bay Road, 18km north of Coles Bay. A gravel road leads to parking areas and lookout points over the beaches.
If you fancy getting out onto the water, you might want to hire a kayak and explore the bays but always keep an eye on the weather as it can change rapidly and dramatically. You might be fortunate enough to spot a white-bellied sea eagle overhead or large Australasian gannet diving for food.
Not only will you find three days way too short to experience the beauty of this unique place but you’ll also come to appreciate why Freycinet is one of Tassie’s most popular parks.
Freycinet National Park itinerary
Day 1: Walk to Wineglass Bay and bring a picnic lunch.
Day 2: Visit the Tourville Lighthouse and the town of Coles Bay.
Day 3: Explore Friendly Beaches.
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