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If you've been thinking of going on a vacation, but can't decide between mountains or beaches, you should just pick Freycinet National Park - a beautiful amalgamation of both.
Freycinet National Park, the pride of Tasmania, is a must-visit tourist attraction. It's their oldest and most popular National Park, and for good reasons too. When you reach the park, you'll see that as far as the eyes wander, there is greenery, wildlife and a soothing effect of the Wineglass Bay. Wineglass Bay and its powdery white beach lend exquisite beauty and effortless grace to the park. It's no wonder that the park is also fondly known as the Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park.
Location: East Tasmania
Nearest Airport: Hobart
How to reach: Regular flights from Australian cities to Hobart, from Hobart this is a three-hour drive.
Famous for: wineglass bay & cruises,
Best time to visit: All year round
Must-visit: Wineglass Bay and Wineglass Bay cruise
Beaches: Hazards Beach or Coles Bay, Wineglass Bay, Cooks Beach, Friendly Beaches
Hikes: Freycinet Experience Walk, Wineglass Bay Lookout walk, Cape Tourville walk, Mount Amos hike
Wildlife: Australian fur seals, dolphins, black swans, the white whale
Imagine lying down on the white sand, as the cool blue water washes off your feet, with the sun setting down on the pink-hued mountains, and the sky changing colors. Wouldn't that be a perfect memory?
The edge of the bay Freycinet is a long walk, where you can let your thoughts run wild, reflect on life's musings, or simply admire the nature around you, gazing at the sky. You can even take a Wineglass Bay cruise and get a better look at aquatic life. Maybe you'll make friends with a dolphin!
The park is rich with wildlife. There are forty-nine unique species of wildlife that can only be found in Tasmania. The park is home to all of these species. If you're a wildlife enthusiast, Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park should top your bucket list. A keen eye will be able to spot the Tasmanian Devil, Echidnas, Possums, Wombats, and Pademelons.
Time for some history
The history of how Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park came into being, involves the Aboriginals. The Freycinet Peninsula formed four hundred million years ago, from two separate blocks of eroded granite. Both the Freycinet Peninsula and the Schouten Island were a part of the Oyster Bay nation. Aboriginal families and dwellers always had strong ties to the area and later in 1916, the area was reserved for the formation of the Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park.
Go on the most beautiful walk of your life
Walking on the edge of the bay Freycinet or to the Wineglass Bay Lookout can be one of the most gratifying experiences you'll have. All you need is a pair of shoes and beginner-level experience in bush-walking. You will find a steep climb, but don't worry. As long as you keep walking steadily, you'll be fine. The adrenaline alone will help you cover the 1.5-hour long walk, in no time. It's best to go early in the morning if you're looking to walk in solitude. You might even catch a glimpse of magnificent whales and adorable dolphins, as you walk towards the Lookout. Once you reach your destination, the view will be breathtaking. You'll thank yourself for getting up early to catch the sunlight illuminating all of Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park.
Other Interesting Walks
Sleepy Bay- Sleepy Bay is a short, ten-minutes return walk. You'll need a pass to enjoy this walk. There'll be guides present in every step of the way to guide you. Look out for the quirky orange lichen-encrusted rocks and the view of the wild sea. There are high-cliffs from where you'll get a photogenic view.
Little Gravelly Beach- You can descend on your journey to the Little Gravelly Beach, right from Sleepy Bay itself. It's 125 meters each way to the beach and takes around half an hour from the Sleepy Bay. The walk requires moderate bush-walking skills and proper trekking shoes. The beach itself has a captivating view.
Friendly Beaches- You can drive to the Friendly Beaches, car park on one end, and then traverse the trail by-foot. Friendly beaches are an important habitat for shore-birds. You should be careful not to disturb their nesting areas. As you keep walking down on soft beach sand, you'll spot Rocky Isaacs Point and the Cape Tourville Lighthouse.
Saltwater Lagoon- The Saltwater Lagoon is a part of the Freycinet Experience Walk. You get to visit the Saltwater Lagoon on the fourth day of the walk. However, if you choose to visit it separately, make sure to spot black swans roaming around with grandeur as if they have descended from royal lineage. It's truly a sight to see.
Freycinet Experience Walk
Freycinet is known for its infamous Experience Walk- the walk that carries on for four full days. There is so much to see and explore in Freycinet National Park, that it is impossible to cover everything in a single day. The Walk starts from Coles Bayon the first day and goes on for 2 hours before stopping at Bear Hill. The second day is a 7-hour walk and includes Bryan's Beach, Cook's Beach, Wineglass Bay and Quartzite Ridge among its sightseeing spots. The third day is a 6-hour walk covering Friendly Beach as its main attraction. The last day is a 3-hour walk; you get to explore the enthralling Saltwater Lagoon in all its beauty.
Wineglass Bay Cruise
The Wineglass Bay is a magical force in motion and you must not waste the opportunity to see it. A Wineglass Bay Cruise is the best way to get close to nature, and have a gala time as well. Indulge in luxury and comfort, all while taking in the view of lush greens, sparkling blue waters, and the quintessential pink-granite Hazards that Freycinet is known for. You'll spot little penguins, bottlenose dolphins, Australian fur seals, humpback whales, etc. The cruise will include all the special beaches of Wineglass Bay, including Cooks and Bryans beaches, before entering the Tasman sea.