8 Exciting Things to do in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

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When it comes to finding unspoiled and breathtaking nature in Tasmania, you won’t find anywhere more beautiful than Freycinet National Park.

Despite being a national park, there are plenty of things to do in Freycinet National Park to keep you busy for a couple of days.

blue waters and white sand of hazards beach as viewed from above
Hazards Beach – a highlight of Freycinet National Park

The Freycinet Peninsula is made of spectacular pink granite mountains surrounded by azure bays, pure white beaches, coastal dunes, and a dry eucalypt forest.

Freycinet is full of hiking trails, amazing views, lakes and beaches, and wildlife galore. It’s undoubtedly in my top 5 favourite National Parks in Australia.

If you’re not sure what to do in Freycinet NP, then keep reading for some ideas…

How to Get to Freycinet National Park

cliff faces of the freycinet peninsula

Located on Tasmania’s East Coast, it occupies a large part of the Freycinet Peninsula, named after French navigator Louis de Freycinet.

Most people choose to visit Freycinet from Hobart. The distance from Hobart to Freycinet National Park is roughly 195 kilometers and takes 2.5 hours of driving time.

The road to the Freycinet peninsula takes you along the A3, otherwise known as The Tasman Highway.

The views on the road to Freycinet are beautiful and you may want to stop off at some viewpoints on the way. Allow extra time for the drive to take in the scenery.

If you are travelling from Launceston, the drive is two hours (175 kilometres). From Port Arthur to Freycinet it’s 238 km and takes roughly 3 hours to drive it. The Port Arthur to Freycinet route is also scenic and should not be done in a hurry.

If you don’t want to rent a car, you can get to Coles Bay by public transport. There are buses from Hobart to Coles Bay twice a day.

Things to Do in Freycinet National Park

There are many amazing things to do in Freycinet National Park to enjoy the natural beauty. Freycinet ranks as one of my top places to visit in Tasmania, and after seeing all the highlights from our visit to this Tasmanian natural beauty below, you’re about to discover why…

1. Hike to Wineglass Bay

view of beach shaped like a Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay views

Within Freycinet Peninsular is famous Wineglass Bay – consistently rated as one of the world’s best beaches. It’s definitely one of the best beaches in Australia.

Three pink granite peaks – the Hazard mountains – rise dramatically protecting the bay from the infiltration of humanity.

You’ve probably seen countless photos, the shimmering crescent of white sand meeting the turquoise water is easily recognizable.

There are only two ways to see Wineglass Bay – hiking in, boating in, or from a scenic flight.

aerial view of boat cruising into Wineglass Bay
The view flying into Wineglass Bay

Much of its beauty lies in its isolation and ability to retain its untouched charm.

We started our Wineglass Bay walk early, at 5.30am, as we wanted to reach The Lookout for sunrise and to beat the anticipated crowds.

From the car park to The Lookout is approximately a 45-minute walk.

person on the trail Wineglass Bay walk
Wineglass Bay hike

It’s a steady uphill climb up a well-made path. Whilst we didn’t have the kids with us this time we did witness many others hiking with kids so it’s not beyond a family outing.

Once you reach The Lookout your reward is a spectacular view over Wineglass Bay, and by arriving early we were fortunate to have the moment all to ourselves.

couple posing with view of Wineglass Bay  from The Lookout
Lookout over Wineglass Bay

We had time to sit and take it all in, enjoy a light pre-packed breakfast, with nothing but the sounds of the surrounding bush and uninterrupted views

From The Lookout, the walk down onto the beach itself is steep but short, only taking 20 minutes. I couldn’t believe we were all alone on the famous Wineglass Bay.

woman walking on beach of Wineglass Bay at sunrise
Wineglass Bay
man posing on beach of Wineglass Bay -
woman on sandy trail bordered by ferns
Walking between Hazards Beach and Wineglass Bay

What most people don’t know if there are actually different trails to Wineglass Bay. Here are the trails I recommend you take…

The Wineglass Bay Lookout

This takes you on a 2.9km (1.5 hours) loop hike to one of Tasmania’s most celebrated views. The track is a short, fairly steep climb to the saddle between Mount Amos and Mount Mayson.

Wineglass Bay

This walk takes you directly onto the beach. It’s a 9.6km (2.5 hours) end-to-end walk from the car park to The Lookout then downhill onto the beach.

Take a 20-minute walk along the beach to the south will give you magnificent views back over Hazards Beach. Then you walk back the way you came in.

Wineglass Bay/Hazards Beach circuit

This is the longest walk to Wineglass Bay and essentially does a loop around the coast of the park. It’s an 11.2km (4 to 5 hours) walk from the car park to Wineglass Bay plus an additional 30 minute flat walk to Hazards Beach.

From Hazard beach, turn right and follow the beach to its northern end and join another track that follows the coastline for about 5 kilometres back to the car park.

You can view the full trail on AllTrails.

Tips for Hiking to Wineglass Bay

Before you put your walking shoes on, here are some tips for hiking to Wineglass Bay:

  • Start early, arrive for sunrise, and beat the crowds.
  • Take a light breakfast and watch the day begin with magnificent views.
  • Take a tripod for the best photos + selfie shots.
  • Carry plenty of water as there are no refuelling stations (you can refill your bottle at the visitor centre by the entrance to the park)
  • Note the only bathrooms are in the car park, the beach has no facilities
  • Wear mosquito repellent as there are a few mozzies on the trail.
  • Wear sunscreen as much of the trail is open and unshaded.
  • If you can, plan your visit for summer (June to November) when the whales are migrating.
  • Bring binoculars to the lookout, as it’s often possible to see dolphins and seals playing in the waters of Wineglass Bay.

This 5.5-Hr Small Group Guided Walking Experience will take you to Hazards Beach via Wineglass Bay. After exploring Hazards, you’ll jump aboard the Freycinet Aqua Taxi to see the peninsula from a different perspective as you journey back to the Freycinet Lodge where you tour concludes.

3. Hike to Hazards Beach

overview of hazards beach
Hazards Beach, Freycinet

Just a 30-minute flat walk across the small strip of land from Wineglass Bay brings you to Hazards Beach, a beach that is pure, remote, desolate, peaceful, and breathtaking.

Along the track, we got lucky and came across a Wallaby going about his morning, and he was kind enough to pose so we could get a quick pic.

Freycinet is a great place to spot local Australian wildlife. Echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies, and white-bellied sea eagles call this park home.

wallaby on trail
wildlife Freycinet

Once you reach Hazards Beach, you’ll probably experience what we did and have this piece of paradise all to yourself.

Sit for a while, then wander the rocks around the headland at the northern end of the beach and you’ll find pretty shells and starfish.

woman sitting on beach looking at water
Serenity at Hazards Beach – very few people come here
Shells on Hazards Beach
A sandy beach next to the water
Hazards beach
A rocky beach next to a body of water

Both Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach feature in our 38 best beaches in Australia list.

On a previous trip, I flew in a sea plane from Hobart to Hazards Beach. It was simply spectacular.

Video of Scenic Flight over Wineglass Bay

You can watch our video of our scenic flight over Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach here…

4. Check Out Coles Bay Village

The village of Coles Bay is known as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, and should not be seen as just a stepping stone. There are some great things to do in Coles Bay as well.

Coffee in Coles Bay  with views of hazard peaks
Tombolo Restaurant views

Set in a spectacular location with uninterrupted views of the red and pink granite peaks known as The Hazards, it’s a small town with a few shops and cafes.

Don’t miss Tombolo Restaurant and coffee bar for great coffee + wood-fired pizzas with stunning views.

You can rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards and head out onto the water. Freycinet Paddle Boards are the place to go for your SUP rentals.

persona kayaking Coles Bay - Tasmania, Australia
Kayaking Coles Bay

5. Check Out The Friendly Beaches, Freycinet

green moss covered rocks on Friendly Beaches -

The Friendly Beaches form part of Freycinet National Park.

Spectacular views and miles of unspoiled white sand beaches are the main features of The Friendly Beaches, which were added to the national park in 1992.

The beaches can be reached via a signposted turnoff on Coles Bay Road.

6. Visit Honeymoon Bay

colorful rocks and water with hazard peaks in background at Honeymoon Bay -
Honeymoon Bay

Beautiful Honeymoon Bay is a bay within a bay, and is part of the larger Coles Bay. 

It’s a popular destination for picnics and snorkeling and offers stunning views over the hazards.

6. Visit Cape Tourville Lighthouse

white lighthouse

Located within the park is the Cape Tourville Lighthouse, which sits on the Eastern side of the park behind Coles Bay.

The lighthouse is unmanned and automatic, but still in full operation. It was built in 1971 and offers incredible views of the ocean.

The route to the lighthouse is scenic, winding through the eucalypt forest of the national park and occasionally offering a glimpse of the beaches below.

You can drive up to the lighthouse, and then walk along a short boardwalk to a viewpoint.

7. Walk the Freycinet Circuit Hike

overview of the ocean
Aerial View of Hazards Beach

If you want to do a challenging hike in Freycinet, the Freycinet Circuit is the hike for you.

It’s a 30.4-km loop trail (2 days, 3 nights) that is considered challenging because it’s long, but you can break it up over a few days and camp at the campsites in Freycinet.

The route takes you past Wineglass Bay, Hazards Beach, and Botanical Creek, to the summit of Mount Freycinet, to the summit of Mount Graham, Graham Creek, and several lookout points.

There is plenty of signposts to lead the way but you should take an offline GPS just in case.

8. Eat Local Seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm

The Freycinet Marine Farm is the place to go for your fish and chips. It has been operating since 2005 and serves up farm-to-table seafood from its very own farm.

You can try Pacific Oysters and Tasmanian Blue Mussels from the farm, as well as Atlantic Salmon, Octopus, Abalone, and Rock Lobster from off the coast of Tassie.

The Scallops and Sea Urchin Roe are also from the waters of Coles Bay.

Freycinet National Park Accommodation

When it comes to finding accommodation near Freycinet Peninsula, you need to base yourself outside the park in Coles Bay. Coles Bay is a great base to explore Freycinet National Park.

There are many accommodation options in Coles Bay and just outside the Freycinet National Park area.

Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet Lodge on edge of water

Freycinet Lodge is the only accommodation located inside Freycinet National Park, and it overlooks the blue waters of Great Oyster Bay with the rugged Hazards Mountain range as a backdrop.

Luxurious chalets range from one and two rooms to exclusive couples’ retreats and luxurious, 4.5 star premier suites. There’s free parking, free wifi, and two restaurants.

Saffire Freycinet

Saffire Freycinet - luxury accommodation at Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

If you’re looking for luxury accommodation near Freycinet National Park, Saffire Freycinet has won a ton of awards, including being the number 1 luxury hotel in Australia.

We haven’t stayed there, but it looks and sounds spectacular.

The Blue House, Coles Bay

The Blue House, Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

This is where we stayed, and as soon as I saw it I knew we were going to love it, if not for the name alone.

“Mummy, can we go back to The Blue House, now please?” Kalyra would ask.

The Blue House is located where the Swan River meets Great Oyster Bay, only a 5 minute drive from Coles Bay and world famous Freycinet National Park. It’s serene and quiet and stunning and the perfect place for a family to stay.

The owners provide kayaks free of charge, there are fishing rods for use, plenty of games to play, shelves of DVD’s and piles of magazines to read.

Read our full review of the Blue House here, or you can check prices and availability for The Blue House here

Final Thoughts on Things to Do in Freycinet National Park

We love staying in apartments and holiday homes
Grilling on the deck of our house in Coles Bay

Whilst Tasmania has loads to offer as Australia’s smallest state with some lovely towns to visit, world heritage-listed wilderness areas, history, Australian wildlife, and a terrific food and wine industry, it’s Freycinet that really captured my heart.

We could have stayed at Freycinet National Park for at least a week.

Spending our mornings enjoying the walking trails around the national park, having champagne picnics at the lighthouse for sunrise, rock scrambling at Honeymoon Bay, and hiking down into one of the world’s most iconic and beautiful beaches – Wineglass Bay.

There really is nowhere else like it in Tasmania.

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21 thoughts on “8 Exciting Things to do in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania”

  1. What a beautiful country you live in! I can see why this is a favorite place of yours. And I love that shot of Caz walking among the ferns. How fun that you can explore the area in so many outdoor activities–kayaking, hiking, etc.

    1. Sure is beautiful Jenna. We’ve been fortunate to experience a lot of Australia’s beauty and nature, and Feycinet National Park is up there with the best.

  2. We liked Freycinet but not as much as other places in Tasmania. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the view of Wineglass Bay from the main viewpoint. So we decided to go for Mt. Amos but it was too strenuous and I had to stop, my husband continued. The view from there is even better. Then it started raining for the rest of the day which was a bit of a shame. Anyway, here’s our blog with the best hikes in Tasmania, curious which ones you did! https://www.we12travel.com/best-hikes-tasmania/

  3. Travel is my passion and love travelling. I have taken trips with family, friends and solo. I like your blog and all your post. Waiting to see more from you.

  4. Love, Love, Love Freycinet National Park, though I think it’s hard to go wrong with any of the parks in Tasmania.
    When not in nature, the MONA (museum of old and new art) in Tasmania is one of my favorite museums in the world.
    As i write and think more about Australia, I think Tasmania is my favorite place in the country.
    Carl Kruse

    1. I don’t agree with you Sam. I have been to Wineglass Bay and it was disgusting. Trash everywhere, scammers harrassing tourists, stray dogs. Just not nice. I don’t think you should be lending your support to a place like that without ever having experienced it yourself. Lazy and dangerous.

    2. Why was my previous comment deleted? I have been to Wineglass Bay and found it disgusting. That is a valid contribution to this blog.

      1. Your comment was not deleted. It was waiting to be approved. You’re the first person I’ve ever met to say something negative about Wineglass Bay. You’re entitled to your opinion fro sure, but I did not see one piece of trash, scammers or stray dogs. Are you sure you have the right place? It’s pristine and we had the entire place to ourselves when we visited.

      2. I’ve been to Wineglass Bay, albeit a long time ago, and still think it is one of the most beautiful and pristine places I’ve ever been. And I’ve been to a lot of beautiful places. Are you sure you’re not confusing it with somewhere else?

  5. I went to Wine Glass Bay last November. It is very beautiful. I went to Brunny Island as well and I found they ‘bay’ view from the look out point quite similar.

  6. Through those stunning photographs and your words, you quickly took me away from the bay area to Tasmania. Thanks for sharing it. I would love to spend some time in the village of Coles Bay.

  7. Just stumbled across this post while doing research for my Tassie trip in January. The colour of that water is just amazing! I will be quite pushed for time but had been planning to hike up Mount Amos. Do you think it’s worthwhile going that extra way, considering the views from the lookout already look pretty spectacular?

    1. We didn’t go up the top of Mount Amos so can’t say for sure. However, if you’re pushed for time, I’d be more inclined to say don’t worry about it and spend more time enjoying the trail we did which does give you spectacular views.

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