Freycinet Peninsula

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Introduction

With generally fine weather, almost no mud and good tracks, this has been popular with local Tasmanian walkers for a long time. It is a peninsula of magnificent red granite on the east coast. With many deep bays, perfect sandy beaches and extensive sweeps of exposed red granite its easy to see why this is a popular walking place.

The entire peninsula has reserved as national park and provides an excellent 2 to 3 day circuit walk. The park has a (relatively) low rainfall compared to other regions of Tasmania as it's in a rain shadow. Any season is suitable for walking here as it's rarely too hot or cold and rainfall is spread fairly uniformly across the year. On rare occasions after long dry spells the rangers close the tracks due to lack of water - if its that dry, it is best to go elsewhere as there will also be considerable fire danger at the same time.

History

This is one of the states older parks being set aside as a reserve in 1916. While there has been some minor commercial activities like granite quarries, most of the park is in original condition. Even the very expensive 'Freycinet Lodge' inside the northern edge of the park does not detract as its not noticeable.

Location

The peninsula is located half way up the east coast of Tasmania. This is about 120 km from Hobart. The closest town to the park is Coles Bay. This is located just outside the park border.

Access

Public transport exists with regular bus services running along the east coast from Hobart and Launceston to Bicheno. From Bicheno a local bus service operates up to 3 times a day to Coles Bay. This service is combined with the local school bus run and only operates if there are bookings.

Maps and Track Notes

Track notes are available in many guide books. Bushwalking In Australia by John & Monica Chapman and 100 Walks in Tasmania by Tyrone Thomas are the most well known for overnight walking.

The best map is the TASMAP 1:50,000 'Freycinet National Park'. This is excellent and is all that is needed.

Suggested Itinerary

1 Coles Bay via Hazards Beach to Cooks Beach, 13km
2 Return via Mt Graham & Wineglass Bay to Coles Bay, 18km

Permits

A general entry permit to a Tasmanian National Park is required. The best value for bushwalkers is the 2 month Backpacker Pass which provides entry to all national parks. There are no bookings or quotas on numbers of bushwalkers visiting the park.

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Last updated : December 8th 2015