Things to do in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

I love Freycinet National Park. If you asked me what are my top places to visit in Tasmania, Freycinet would be at the top of the list and I would rank it in the top 5 of my favourite National Parks in Australia.

Hazards Beach - a highlight of Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, Australia
Hazards Beach – a highlight of Freycinet National Park

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.

Freycinet is a spectacular peninsula of pink granite mountains surrounded by azure bays, pure white beaches, coastal dues and dry eucalypt forest.

Located on the east coast of Tasmania, it occupies a large part of the Freycinet Peninsula, named after French navigator Louis de Freycinet.

Freycinet National Park highlights

There are many amazing things to do in Freycinet National Park to enjoy the natural beauty. Here are a few of our highlights from our visit to this Tasmanian natural beauty.

Hike to Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay - a must visit beach in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Wineglass Bay views

Within Freycinet Peninsular is famous Wineglass Bay – a 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 flying in.

Wineglass Bay - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
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.

Wineglass Bay walk in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
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.

Wineglass Bay views from The Lookout - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
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 famous Wineglass Bay.

Wineglass Bay at sunrise - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Wineglass Bay walk in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Walking between Hazards Beach and Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay Hikes

The Lookout

1.5 hours return to one of Tasmania’s most celebrated views. The track is a short, fairly steep climb to the saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson.

Wineglass Bay

2.5 hours return from the car park to The Lookout then downhill on to the beach. Take a 20 minute walk along the beach to the south will give you magnificent views back over the Hazards.

Wineglass Bay/Hazards Beach circuit

4 to 5 hours – from Wineglass Bay a 30 minute flat walk to Hazards 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 carpark.

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 best photos + selfie shots.

Hike to Hazards Beach

overview of the ocean
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.

Wineglass Bay wildlife, Tasmania, Australia
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.

man sitting next to a lake
Serenity at Hazards Beach – very few people come here
Shells on Hazards Beach - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
overview of the ocean
Aerial View of 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.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Coffee in Coles Bay - Tasmania, Australia
Tombolo Restaurant views

The village of Coles Bay is known as the gateway to Freycinet National Park.

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.

Coles Bay - Tasmania, Australia
Kayaking Coles Bay

Coles Bay is a great base to explore Freycinet National Park.

Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Honeymoon Bay

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

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

The Friendly Beaches, Freycinet

Friendly Beaches - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia

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 the Coles Bay Road.

Getting to Freycinet National Park

If you pick up a rental car from Hobart then Freycinet is approximately a 2.5 hour drive (195 kilometres). If you pick up a rental car from Launceston, the drive is two hours (175 kilometres).

Freycinet National Park Accommodation

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

Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet Lodge - lovely place to stay in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia

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 recently won a ton of awards, including 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.

For a full list of accommodation at Freycinet National Park click here!

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.

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