Jason Charles Hill
Freycinet National ParkOne of the jewels in the East Coast’s crown, Freycinet National Park attracts adventurers, nature lovers, and people who want to simply sit and enjoy the fresh local seafood, stunning scenery and world-renowned beaches.
Freycinet National Park, with its stunning pink granite peaks, is located on Tasmania's east coast. The park is famous for Wineglass Bay, rated by Outside magazine as one of the ten best beaches in the world. The park offers climbing, abseiling and mountain walking and the coastal heathlands have wonderful day walks. For bird lovers, there's the chance to see a white-bellied sea-eagle gliding overhead or a large Australasian gannet diving for food in the ocean. Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve, just outside the park on the Coles Bay Road, is a wetland of international importance. The town of Coles Bay on the edge of the park offers a range of accommodation and campsites are available just inside the park boundary. Because the area is so popular over the Christmas-New Year period there's a ballot system draw for campsites, so please check the Parks and Wildlife website before making plans. The park offers a variety of basic powered and unpowered campsites, some with cold showers. Bookings are not necessary outside the main summer-Easter period, though visitors must check at the visitor interpretation centre before setting up camp.
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Fly over Wineglass Bay with Freycinet Air
Freycinet Air operates scenic flights over the east coast of Tasmania and specializes in Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park, from Friendly Beaches, near Coles Bay. The company has been operating since 1997 and offers charter and scenic flights in their 4 seat Cessna 172s, 6 seats twin-engine Partenavia and now offering Helicopter flights a 5 seat AS350. The Freycinet Peninsula is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world with its combination of mountains, forests and white beaches. The best way to experience this amazing but inaccessible location is by taking a scenic flight. All flights provide unparalleled views of the beautiful Wineglass Bay, the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula. You will also experience the Swan River, Schouten Island and miles of unspoiled white sand beaches with turquoise water. You may extend your flight south to Maria Island or along the coast to Swansea and then north to Bicheno. Join us on this once in a lifetime experience and let Tasmania's natural beauty take your breath away. Freycinet Air flies from Friendly Beaches Airfield, located 18 kilometres north of Coles Bay.
Grab some seafood from Freycinet Marine Farm
The Freycinet Marine Farm salesroom is located near Coles Bay on Tasmania's east coast. We are a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Hobart and two hours from Launceston - part of the very popular Great Eastern Drive. The salesroom is open every day from 0900 until 1700, offering freshly harvested mussels, oysters and local Tasmanian Rock lobster, abalone, scallops, urchin and salmon all from Tasmanian's waters. You can sit at one of the picnic tables or enjoy lunch on one of the coastal beaches. Tasmanian wine and beer are also available from the salesroom. The farm is made up of six different growing regions totalling just less than 185 acres and is a mixture of estuarine and fully marine growing areas. The estuarine areas are in the Great Swanport River estuary. The marine zones are offshore from the Freycinet National Park and are open to the Southern Ocean to the south. Come and join us to taste the love from the ocean at our farm gate shop.
Explore Wineglass Bay from the water with Freycinet Charters
Freycinet Charters is a family-owned boat tour business that operates out of Coles Bay, located on the mid-east coast of Tasmania. We offer highly personalised boat charters for smaller families, special interest and social groups in and around Freycinet National Park, Schouten Island, Wineglass Bay, Great Oyster Bay and Moulting Lagoon on their 9.5 metres purpose-built Noosa Cat charter vessel. We have Freycinet Parks and Wildlife accreditation to operate within Freycinet National Park and Moulting Lagoon.
Stay at Saffire Freycinet
Australia's most iconic luxury lodge and voted World’s Best Boutique Hotel, Saffire Freycinet offers an authentic, enriching and uplifting experience overlooking one of Tasmania's most iconic and spectacular wilderness areas, Freycinet National Park. With tailored, one-on-one service, all-inclusive degustation dining and immersive experiences such as shucking oysters in waders or gathering honey from Saffire’s hives, guests come away with an unforgettable connection to place.
Visit Coles Bay
The village of Coles Bay on Tasmania's East Coast sits beneath pink granite mountains at the entrance to Freycinet National Park and is an ideal location for swimming, boating, kayaking and fishing. The Coles Bay area is one of Tasmania's most popular holiday spots for visitors and locals. The spectacular coastal scenery of the park includes Wineglass Bay, one of the world's most photographed beaches. Follow the steep but well-designed ascent to the lookout for views of the Bay. If you prefer, you can take a cruise and experience the Bay from a very different perspective. The Park offers great walking and is home to Tasmanian pademelons, white-breasted sea eagles and red-necked wallabies - and in season, there's a spectacular display of native orchids. Coles Bay is a 2 hr 30-min drive (192 km) from Hobart and a 2 hr 20-min drive (173 km) from Launceston.
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