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I have a coffee table book at home that friends of ours from Tasmania gave to us as a gift a few years ago. The book is full of incredible photographic images of Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania and this is one of the places that I was busting to see during our Tassie trip.
Everyone will tell you how spectacular the east coast of Tasmania is with its pristine beaches, pure aqua waters and picture-postcard coastal villages. As we drove north from Hobart for a distance of 167Kms, we were in awe of the amazing scenery unveiling before our eyes of the coastline.
Our first glimpse of Freycinet Peninsula and the mighty Hazards were from a lookout just north of Swansea. The peninsula, is a long skinny land formation carved into Tasmania’s eastern coastline. It is mainly renowned for its pink granite mountain range, The Hazards and its sheltered, white sand beaches.
Most of the Freycinet Peninsula is a national park and it is one of the most popular places in Tasmania for walks and hikes. The Wineglass Bay lookout and Wineglass Bay walk is generally upper-most on the majority of visitor’s itineraries when visiting Tasmania. Wineglass Bay is rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world.
As you drive onto the peninsula the first thing that catches your eye are the dramatic Hazards rising from the sea in the distance. These pink granite peaks are seemingly the guardians of this unique place. As the sun shifts during the day the colours of The Hazards alters from grey to light pink and then to a burnt orange.
Our accommodation for two nights was at Coles Bay Holiday Park that is located right on Coles Bay, a calm water bay sheltered by The Hazards. Coles Bay is noted for its spectacular coastal scenery and its emphasis is on fishing, boating, bushwalking and swimming.
A visit to Coles Bay should include a meal of locally caught and shucked oysters from Oyster Bay. You can buy these direct from the Oyster Farm or dine in at one of the Freycinet’s Restaurants.
A short distance away is the entrance to the Freycinet National Park and access to the many walks and hikes that is has to offer. The walk meanders through giant granite boulders on the way up to The Hazards.
These walks vary in distance and difficulty:
Drive from Coles Bay to Cape Tourville and enjoy a short walk along the boardwalk around the tops of the cliffs surrounding the lighthouse. Views include glimpses of the southern end of Wineglass Bay and also north to Friendly Beaches.
Sleepy Bay is a gorgeous little bay on the same road to Cape Tourville with a track that winds down the cliffs to a little rocky beach with interesting rock formations.
Drive 26Kms north from Coles Bay to a beautiful surf beach, called Friendly Beaches where you can stretch out and walk along the sand for 2 kilometres. There is a primitive camping near the carpark at the beginning of Friendly Beaches Walk and there are also a variety of walking paths down to different beaches that make up the Friendly Beaches.
A sleepy little town located on Oyster Bay and the Swan River that mainly comprises of holiday homes and is a great place to put your boat in for a spot of fishing.
Freycinet Peninsula certainly lived up to my expectations and has earned its place as one of the finest national parks in the world. No wonder this place is considered a jewell of the island state of Tasmania.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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