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Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s many jewels. With pink granite mountains, crystal-clear waters, and no shortage of captivating views, you must spend at least a day here.
We visited Freycinet National Park as a part of our road trip around Tasmania and we were not disappointed.
We arrived to the National Park in the late morning, having stopped by for a morning wine tasting at Devil’s Corner. I would definitely stop here on your way to the park, if only for the Freycinet National Park views (But the wine is great too).
Best Walks in Freycinet National Park
Tasmania created a book called, “Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks.” We tried to do as many as possible on our trip! One day, I would love to do a trip based entirely around completing their list.
- Cape Tourville Lighthouse- This lighthouse made the cut for Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. It’s only a 20-minute circuit that is suitable for all walkers.
- Wineglass Bay Lookout- Another of the Great Short Walks, the Wineglass Bay Lookout is where you’ll find that iconic Freycinet National Park shot. The path is steep in parts but to get to the lookout it should only be 1-1.5 hours return.
- Wineglass Bay- Once you reach the lookout, you’ll be able to either turn around or continue down to the bay itself. In order to get there, you do have to go down A LOT of narrow steps. These steps make the walk a 2.5-3-hour return.
- Wineglass Bay/Hazards Beach- This walk is amazing! It might be 11km but it did not feel like it to us. The path was quite easy. If you decide to do this walk, make sure that you head to the Wineglass Bay Lookout first. It will be much easier to do the walk in this direction. Plus, you get to avoid the many steep steps. It is no question that this is one of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks. Also, since it is the road less travelled, it is likely you’ll get all of Hazard Beach to yourself. We even saw an echidna!
- Mount Amos- We couldn’t do this because it had rained. They recommend not doing this walk in bad weather. But it offers panoramic views and from the pictures I’ve seen they are stunning. 3 hours return- difficult. Check with the visitor centre to ensure it is safe to complete this walk though.
BUSHWALK SAFETY ON Freycinet National Park Walks:
- Wear closed toe shoes.
- Avoid longer grass. Long grass serves as a bit of a snake haven.
- Stomp occasionally or walk a bit heavy footed. Snakes can feel the vibrations from your feet and will know to avoid you.
- Use a walking stick. At the very least, when used correctly they help conserve energy. We also heard from someone that snakes will occasionally attack the sticks rather than you if you inadvertently make them feel threatened. We do not typically use a walking stick though.
- While it is important to talk about how to protect yourself from a potential snake or spider bite, do not let this scare you off. In four months of being in Australia, we have only come across one snake on a bushwalk and he slithered off in the other direction. You would be remiss to skip out on bushwalks due to fear. Generally, we stomp if we see that the path is narrow and longer grass is beside it. Or jokingly, any time we feel slightly uncomfortable. For more information on snakes check this out.
- Bring lots of sunscreen (Cancer Council is my go-to sunscreen in Australia), water, and snacks. Many of these walks do not provide places to stop along the way to replenish your supplies.
- Pick up a reusable bottle. I’ve been using one from Kor for several months now and I love it.
- Stop by the local visitor centres as they may be able to provide you with maps of the trails.
Honeymoon Bay is a beginner snorkel spot. The water tends to be a bit calmer here. Plus, it’s an ideal spot for a picnic. If you are a bit more experienced then head over to Sleepy Bay. If you get really lucky, you might even spot some dolphins.
- Friendly Beaches- Kilometres of white-sand beaches sprawled out along the peninsula. Need I say more?
- Hazards Beach- The only way to reach this beach is by doing a bit of walk. However, it is well worth it.
- Wineglass Bay- Again, some walking required.
- Sleepy Bay- The orange lichen really pops against the turquoise waters.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the free campsite, “River and Rocks Campground.” We found this site through the Campermate app. It is a great spot for the night and the nearby beach provides an excellent sunset viewing spot.
For some more expensive options, check this out.
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