One of Tasmania’s most popular national parks, the Freycinet Peninsula juts into the Tasman Sea on the East Coast of the state. It’s famed for its jagged granite peaks and friendly wildlife, as well as boasting one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia Wineglass Bay.
Follow the short, steep trail that leads up and over the Hazards mountain range to the Wineglass Bay lookout, offering sweeping panoramas of this idyllic crescent of sand. You can then continue down to the bay itself for a swim in the refreshing waters.
Continue on the circuit trail that leads to Hazards Beach, an equally magnificent swimming spot, then back along the boulder-strewn coast to the car park. If you’re feeling more adventurous, then tackle the challenging trek up to Mount Amos for unparalleled views across Freycinet National Park.
There are plenty of places within the national park where you can pitch a tent, including the secluded coves at Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay, as well as more upmarket options at the Freycinet Lodge and the luxurious Saffire Freycinet. Friendly Beaches is another popular place to overnight, with designated campsites backing this strip of coast that is popular with surfers and fishermen.
Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Ramsar-listed wetland sanctuary at Moulting Lagoon where black swans, white-bellied sea eagles and a range of migratory birds can be spotted.
Freycinet National Park includes a visitor’s center where the natural and human history of this protected area is on display, with a grocery store and petrol station in the adjacent town of Coles Bay.