We took the Tasman Highway north to Freycinet National Park, a remote, coastal haven and hiking paradise. Fresh seafood, native wildlife and perfectly white, sandy beaches is what Freycinet is all about.
If you’re coming from Hobart, then a day trip to Freycinet National Park is not for the faint-hearted (though it’s the second time I’ve made the journey). The National Park lies around 3 hours north of Hobart. Certainly it’s a beautiful, coastal drive with many scenic lookouts along the way but it’s nevertheless quite a drive. It’s probably best to spend a night or two in the National Park or alternatively reach it from Launceston which is only 2 hours away. If you do decide you’re up for the challenge of a day trip, just leave early and you won’t be disappointed.
Our first stop was to Friendly Beaches, located just before you enter the national park. The water was turquoise, the sand was white and everywhere you looked there were seabirds and perfect spiral shells.
Our next stop was for lunch at Freycinet Marine Farm where we had mussels, scallops and fresh prawns. All the seafood there has been freshly caught.
You enter the national park at the end of Coles Bay where you pay entry fees at the information centre. From there, armed with a detailed map, we proceeded to the start of the Wineglass Bay walk. The first part of the walk takes you to the lookout. You definitely won’t be alone on this part of the walk as it’s an easy walk and heavily frequented by fellow tourists. From there you can either continue on to the bay or turn back around.
The hike to Wineglass Bay is a little quieter than the one to the lookout but there are still plenty of people around. On the way you’re bound to frequently see wallabies. They’re used to humans and most are quite inquisitive.
Relaxing on the beach at Wineglass Bay was the reward for our hiking efforts. The beach is much bigger than it looks from the lookout. There were wallabies everywhere and the rocks have turned bright orange from the lichen that grows on them. The hike down to the beach is moderate but it’s a little more difficult going back up hill if you’re not used to it. All in all it was an absolute pleasure to return to Freycinet National Park and bask in all its natural beauty.