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11 Sensational Things To Do in Freycinet National Park Tasmania

Freycinet National Park is a must-visit destination on a trip to Tasmania and, after exploring the remote west coast village of Strahan, I was ready to spend two nights on the east coast on the next leg of my 8-night Tasmania road trip.

Some unmissable sights in Freycinet National Park include Wineglass Bay, Cape Tourville Lighthouse, and Honeymoon Bay. These spectacular Tasmanian landmarks were a “must-see” on my list of Australia’s best places to visit.

I already had an idea of what Freycinet National Park might have in store for us after experiencing 2-nights in Cradle Mountain, where enchanting mountain views, magical walking trails and the world heritage wilderness allowed us a glimpse of Tasmania’s unspoilt natural beauty.

Now we were ready to explore the stunning natural sights in Freycinet, Tasmania’s oldest national park.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Freycinet National Park?

Freycinet is on the mid-east coast of Tasmania. Coles Bay, located on the edge of Great Oyster Bay, is the access town for the national park.

Do You need a Tasmania Parks Pass?

Yes. To enter Freycinet National Park, you must purchase a National Parks Pass. If you plan to visit several Tasmanian parks, then a holiday pass will give you entry to all of them. 

Is there parking in the national park?

Yes, there is a car park at the Freycinet national park visitor centre. You can also pick up a Freycinet national park walks map from there.

How long are the driving times to Freycinet National Park?

Launceston to Freycinet – 2 hours

Devonport to Freycinet – 3 hours

Hobart to Freycinet – 3 hours 30 minutes

Cradle Mountain to Freycinet – 4 hours

Strahan to Freycinet – 5 hours 30 minutes

Where is the nearest accommodation to Freycinet National Park?

Coles Bay sits on the edge of the park. It is the best place to book accommodation for visitors to Freycinet National Park.

I can recommend Edge of the Bay Resort in Coles Bay. It has a superb restaurant and bar and direct access to the beach. We booked a fabulous cabin with never-ending views across the sea to the Hazard mountain range.

Other Freycinet accommodation options are:

Eagles Peak Freycinet is a choice of luxury one and two-bedroom cabins set by the beach with garden and sea views.

Pricing and Availability for Eagles Peak

Freycinet Lodge has a waterfront location and offers secluded cabins in a coastal bush setting, two restaurants and a bar.

Pricing and availability for Freycinet Lodge

Hazards Hideaway – An entire one-bedroom holiday house with one bathroom, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with sensational views.

Pricing and availability for Hazards Hideaway

Freycinet Resort – Freycinet Resort offers luxurious accommodation with 360-degree views of The Hazards, Friendly Beaches, Great Oyster Bay and the Tasman Sea.

Pricing and availability for Freycinet Resort

Big 4 Freycinet – This self-catering accommodation is just a minutes’ walk from the white sand beaches of Coles Bay. 

Pricing and Availability for Big 4 Freycinet

Saffire Freycinet – For complete luxury that comes with a hefty price tag, Saffire is the most premium accommodation in Freycinet national park.

Reviews for Saffire Freycinet

Is there any Freycinet camping allowed in the national park?

Yes. Richardsons Beach Campground is adjacent to the visitor centre within the park.

What to Bring to Freycinet National Park

There are no shops and limited toilets in the park, so make sure you stop in Coles Bay for provisions. If you plan to hike, then be prepared by using this checklist of things you will need to bring with you to Freycinet National Park.

  • Good hiking shoes
  • Protective sun hat
  • High factor 50 sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Plenty of fluids in an insulated water bottle to keep it cold.
  • Snacks
  • Umbrella for shade when needed
  • A good daypack to carry it all
  • A good level of fitness – there are some steep inclines and steps to navigate.

11 of the Best Things to Do in Freycinet National Park 

Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk #1

The Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk was the top of my list of things to do in Freycinet. The 3k, 1-1.5 hour return walk took us higher and higher through huge granite boulders and eucalyptus trees until we reached the lookout point.

To reach the Wineglass Bay lookout takes a bit of effort as it is an uphill walk, and the Tasmanian sun is hot! Nevertheless, to see one of Tasmania’s most photographed views was worth it.

The bay was named in the 1800s when whaling was big business in Tasmania. The water in the bay used to turn red from the whale’s blood. From the lookout, it looked like a wineglass filled with red wine. A very sad fact that thankfully is in Tasmania’s distant past.

A view to Wineglass Bay from the lookout
Wineglass Bay Beach Hike #2

One of the most popular walks in Freycinet national park is to the beach at Wineglass Bay. We contemplated continuing from the lookout point down to Wineglass Bay, but we were shattered, so we decided against it.

Those wanting to complete the 6k walk can start it from the car park, and it takes around 2 to 2.5 hours to complete (not including breaks). The walk will take you to the lookout point and continues over boulders, through the forest, along Hazards Beach and Wineglass Bay and finishes back at the car park.

Mount Amos Hike #3

The 3.6km Mount Amos hike involves scaling almost vertical rocks in places, which is challenging and only for the seriously fit. It is a 3 hours return hike, and needless to say, we didn’t attempt it but watched as quite a few bedraggled hikers arrived back at the car park after completing it!

Tours of Wineglass Bay #4

One of the best things to do in Freycinet is to get out onto the water. With lots of great water activities and water tours in Wineglass Bay, including the Freycinet Paddle, a 3 hour guided tour around the park by kayak, and the very popular Wineglass Bay lunch cruise, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you are looking for something unique, the flight above Wineglass Bay offers you a birds-eye view of Freycinet National park.

Catch the Freycinet Aqua Taxi at Boat Jetty #5

Getting around Freycinet national park by boat is easy and so much fun. Freycinet Aqua Taxi runs water transportation services departing from Coles Bay. The water taxi is the fastest way to Wineglass Bay for a day of relaxing on the beach or exploring one of the walking trails.

Wander along the beach at Honeymoon Bay #6

Honeymoon Bay is a 5-minute drive from the visitor centre along Freycinet Drive and is a lovely place to visit. It has large pink granite boulders, a rock and sand beach, clear blue water & magical mountain views.

Honeymoon Bay view out to sea
Check out the unique boulders at Sleepy Bay #7

Sleepy Bay is a few minutes drive from Honeymoon Bay along Cape Tourville Road. We parked up at the small designated car park and walked the short trail, down the stairs and to the beach. We couldn’t wait to see what Sleepy Bay was like with such a charming name, and we weren’t disappointed.

Our first encounter in Sleepy Bay was with a wallaby relaxing on the beach – this was the Australia we had hoped to experience!

Sleepy Bay was small and tranquil, and its most unique feature was its huge boulders scattered along the foreshore. We thought that these pink granite rocks, with their strange natural features, looked a bit like prehistoric cave dwellings or like the “Remarkable Rocks” we had seen on Kangaroo Island.

pink granite boulders at Sleepy Bay
Cape Tourville Lighthouse Walk #8

This stunning walk offers sweeping views of the Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay, the Tasman Sea, and Friendly Beaches. It is an easy 30-minute circular walk via boardwalks and takes you from the Cape Tourville car park to the lighthouse. It is relatively flat and so accessible for wheelchair users.

We loved how empty the trail was when we arrived in the late afternoon – it felt like we had the place to ourselves. The views out to sea from the various lookout points were breathtaking.

Between May and July and September and November, you can see Humpback whales in Tasmania along the east coast. We were there in February, so the wrong time for any sightings. We focused hard on the waters for any sea life activity, but sadly it eluded us.

Cape Tourville is a 10-minute drive from the park visitor centre or a 2-minute drive from Sleepy Bay via a turning off the main road just after the Freycinet Lodge.

Spot the Freycinet Park Wildlife #9

Keep your eyes open for all manner of native Australian wildlife in Freycinet National Park. We only spotted wallabies and birds but know that possums, echidnas, wombats and many other species call this natural setting home.

There were a few warning signs for snakes, but we didn’t see any in Freycinet or elsewhere during our trip around Australia. We were a bit disappointed as we both love snakes, but maybe not the ones that could harm us!

Watch the sunset or sunrise over Freycinet #10

As the sun goes down, the granite rocks around the Freycinet peninsula slowly turn from a pink hue to a burnt orange colour, and it was one of many beautiful sunsets we witnessed on our 6-week trip around Australia.

East Coast Beaches #11

Friendly Beaches is just outside Coles Bay and is, in fact, just one pristine white sandy beach with spectacular sea and mountain views. Visitors can reach the beach via a turnoff on Coles Bay Road.

In Coles Bay, you’ll also find Richardsons Beach and Mures Beach on either side of the village.

Places to visit near Freycinet National Park

Bicheno is the only beachside town on Tasmania’s East Coast and is a 30-minute drive from Coles Bay. It has incredible ocean beaches and beautiful seascapes.

There are plenty of things to do in Bicheno, including swimming, snorkelling, beach walks, fishing and fantastic wildlife experiences. In Bicheno, you can join a guided tour to see local wildlife. Tours include seeing Little Penguins and Tasmanian Devils; a must if visiting the area.

A one hour drive from Coles Bay will take you to Douglas Apsley National Park to see native forests and waterfalls.

If you are interested in tasting some of Tasmania’s finest wines, head to Devil’s Corner Winery in Apslawn. This beautiful setting, only a 25-minute drive from Coles Bay, has sweeping views across the land down to the sea; the perfect location to enjoy a light bite accompanied by local wine.

View across land down to sea

We arrived here on route to Coles Bay but didn’t get a chance to go in as it was closed. The garden area was full of butterflies, and it looked like a charming place to visit during the day.

Slightly further afield from Coles Bay is the Bay of Fires, a popular stop for travellers to the island of Tasmania. The two-hour drive up the east coast will take you to the orange-coloured granite rock formations formed by lichens, a combination of algae and fungus, and lovely rock pools.


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Angie is a full-time travel writer with over 30 years of travel experience. She has always had a passion for travel, and after a 3-month world trip with her 18-year-old son, she created her popular travel blog to share her adventures with a wider audience. When Angie is at home in the UK, she enjoys exploring the English countryside, visiting castles and gardens and planning her next big adventure. Her motto is "Live Life Wandering not Wondering".

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Parnashree Devi
2 months ago

Freycinet National Park looks quite inviting. I have never been to this place. But, I must say that you have covered it quite well. I will bookmark this post for future visits. For me, the most exciting thing is to walk to the lighthouse. I guess that I have a fascination towards lighthouses.

Subhashish Roy
2 months ago

I would certainly add Tasmania to my list of places to visit in Australia which we are yet to visit. One reason would certainly be Freycinet National Park. Love the wide options on offer. Cape Tourville Lighthouse walk would be interesting. And also the sunrise and sunset.

Maria Veloso
2 months ago

Wineglass Bay is my favorite part of your trip because it offers so many activities. Sleepy Bay appears to be equally intriguing! What a treat it must be to walk along the Cape Tourville – it seems to be very refreshing and calming!

Puloma Bhattacharya
Puloma Bhattacharya
2 months ago

Freycinet national park in Tasmania is a fascinating destination to explore. These are some of the hidden gems of Australia manifesting nature at its best. The stunning views of the boulders and the crystal clear water at wine glass bay, sleepy bay from the boardwalks and the aqua taxi are not to be missed. And of course spotting the Australian wildlife amid this natural beauty is a wonderful experience.

2 months ago

If I ever make it to Tasmania I would love to visit Freycinet National Park. The landscape looks so dreamy and so varied during the hikes. I especially love that you get to meet wildlife whilst on the trail as well, that wallaby is so cute!

2 months ago

Tasmania is on my dream list. I hope I will realize it someday. Great tips for spending time in the Freycinecki National Park. It offers so many great hiking trails. I also like the idea of catching the Freycinet aqua taxi at Boat Jetty.

Reply to  Agnes
2 months ago

I do hope you get to travel to Tasmania one day, I have to say that it is one of my most favourite places in the world.

2 months ago

Oh what a nature lovers paradise. The views from the resort were incredible, and then you get to Freycinet National Park and they are even more so. I love all the names for the different bays- honeymoon, wineglass, and sleepy. Taking a water taxi would be fun too, in addition to hiking the trails and going to the lookout points. Your photos are beautiful Angela.

Reply to  Renee
2 months ago

thank you for your comment Rene, Tasmania is such a wonderful place to visit and often overlooked for mainland Australia.

2 months ago

This place is nice. Happy to know that there are many options for accommodation. It’s nice to know that camping is allowed too. Thank you for sharing this post. It is very helpful. 

2 months ago

The view from Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park is incredible! I can understand why you did not continue down to the beach but gosh it looks amazing! The photos of all the bays are pretty but honestly, the highlight for me would be running into a wallaby

Reply to  Sherianne
2 months ago

With wallabies all around you will meet one sooner or later and they are very friendly.

2 months ago

Tasmania is a dream destination for me. I would try to spend a month and do a lot of hiking there. Freycinet National Park looks like it is worth several days. I love the idea of getting around by water taxi.

Reply to  Natascha
2 months ago

I want to return to Tasmania and my plan will be to spend at least a month out there exploring even more amazing places.

4 months ago

Tasmania sounds amazing- another place to add to our bucket list! And the National park sounds like there so much to see and do!

4 months ago

Tasmania is so high on my bucket list. It is REALLY of the beaten track, and as you mention it, the natural wonders are plentiful.

Sarah Barthet
4 months ago

Totally sold it to me with the super cute Kangaroo pics, everything else is a bonus!

4 months ago

Tasmania is so so so beautiful! I’d love to have the time to visit it this year. Hopefully travel becomes easier in 2022.

4 months ago

It looks like Freycinet National Park is great for travellers looking for awesome nature views and hiking trails. Thanks for the detailed information and nice pictures!

4 months ago

Tasmania is beautiful and has been on my bucket list for years. Your photos and advice confirm there are many sensational things to do in Freycinet National Park.

Reply to  Alma
4 months ago

Tasmania is one of my favourite places in the world. It feels untouched and the nature all around is sensational.

Linda (LD Holland)
4 months ago

We were not sure we would add in Tasmania when we plan our return visit to Australia. But seeing this post on Freycinet National Park sure shows that there are some lovely outdoor spots we need to see. We would definitely plan to stay a few days in Coles Bay and take our time exploring along the great hiking routes. Definitely going on my planning board.

Reply to  Linda (LD Holland)
4 months ago

I would urge you to definitely put it on your Australia itinerary. I spent 8 nights on Tas but could have spent so much longer. I’m already planning when I can go back for some slow travel.

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