Freycinet Peninsula is a two-hour drive from Launceston, or two and a half from Hobart following the Great Eastern Drive. A popular destination for holidaymakers, Freycinet Peninsula is part of Freycinet National Park, the oldest national park in Tasmania, along with Mt Field. The small village of Coles Bay plays host to visitors along with the larger town of Swansea.
The biggest drawcard of the area is the stunningly picturesque Wineglass Bay. There are many more attractions throughout the Freycinet Peninsula. The entire coastline is dotted with small bays and long white sandy beaches. The food and wine scene is buzzing, with travellers relaxing over a glass of local wine and a plate of the freshest oysters while taking in magnificent views.
Three of Freycinet Peninsula’s main features have quite interesting names. The Hazards, a rose-tinged granite mountain range stands in striking contrast to the peaceful aquamarine and white sandy curve of Wineglass Bay below. The Hazards gets its name from American whaler Richard Hazard. In the early 1800s, whalers and seal hunters lived and worked in the area.
Wineglass Bay also gets its name from the whaling industry. When whalers harpooned passing whales, they towed them back to shore to be butchered. As the whales were being processed, their blood would spill out into the bay turning it red. Locals said it looked like a glass being filled with red wine, a gruesome image today for such a beautiful landmark.
On the rugged north coast of the peninsula, the long white line of beaches stretching more than ten kilometres are known as Friendly Beaches. Although they are mostly reached by 4WD vehicles, the swimming conditions are perfect, with small lagoons just inland from the beach in places.
Freycinet Peninsula is a visual feast, but it can be difficult to take in all the sights… unless you take to the skies! Freycinet Air Tasmania offers Wineglass Bay scenic flights, an easy, fun way to discover the breathtaking beauty and dramatic landscape of Tasmania's East Coast.
Plane and helicopter flights head out over the clear blue waters and pristine white beaches of Wineglass Bay, past the pink granite of Hazards Mountains, over Moulting Lagoon, and along Friendly Beaches.
You may spot some of the marine life close to shore including seals, dolphins, and penguins and from about May to November, there’s the chance of flying over the magnificent humpback and southern right whales.
Instead of hiking to Wineglass Bay Lookout, visitors virtually wave to the hikers from the comfort of a window seat on a thrilling flight. Freycinet Peninsular is a ‘must do’ destination to add to your Tasmanian tour or holiday itinerary.
Freycinet Peninsula extends south into the Tasman Sea on the central east coast of Tasmania. It’s two hours drive from Launceston and two and a half hours from Hobart. The peninsula covers an area of approximately 23 kilometres by 6.5 kilometres. Its highest peak, Mount Freycinet, is approximately 620 metres.
Freycinet Peninsula is closer to Launceston (2 hours) with Hobart two and a half hours drive away.
The Freycinet Circuit is a 31-kilometre walk that is popular with hikers. The walk takes in many of the area’s pristine beaches and there’s an option to include a climb to the top of Mount Freycinet.
The long stretch of beaches on Freycinet Peninsula’s north coast, known as Friendly Beaches, is a safe area to swim, however, the beaches are not patrolled by lifeguards, so it’s ‘swim at your own risk.’
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