FREYCINET PENINSULA is a beautiful, wilderness national park on the central east coast of Tasmania. It has great beaches, great views and great walks. It is also the site of the famous WINEGLASS BAY. The resorts of COLES BAY and SWANSEA are just east of the Freycinet Peninsula, so it is also close to their facilities.
This area is part of a long strip of coastal towns, including; St HELENS, St MARYS, BICHENO and ORFORD that make up a geographic unity called the EAST COAST. Driving the relatively straight A3 Tasman Highway is easy. The Freycinet Peninsula, which starts at the Coles Bay settlement is a dead end, so distances are calculated from Swansea.
From SWANSEA you are 30 minutes from BICHENO, the DOUGLAS APSLEY National Park, LAKE LEAKE as well as MEADSTONE and MEETUS Falls. You are 40 minutes from ORFORD, MARIA ISLAND and CAMPBELL TOWN. You are one hour from St MARYS. Nearby places are described in the EAST COAST REGION pages.
View Region East Coast of Tasmania 3 in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to the Google Page 2 map to see all of my marked features.
FACILITIES: There is a shopping precinct at SWANSEA. There are also shops, a cafe and a petrol pump at COLES BAY. There is accommodation at SWANSEA and COLES BAY.
TOURIST information is at the BARK MILL Tavern located just north of SWANSEA on the A3 Tasman Highway. The telephone is (03) 6257 8388 or contact tasmaniaseastcoast.com.au
COLES BAY tourist information is located at the ILUKA SUPERMARKET, Esplanade: Telephone (03) 6257 0383
WINEGLASS BAY TOURS telephone either (03) 6265 7722 or 0407 778 308
SIGHTS: Freycinet is a World Heritage national park with many beaches and mountain attractions. Most visitors only go as far as WINEGLASS BAY. However, there are many other interesting places further down the peninsula. These are marked in detail on my Google Map.
AIR TOURS of Freycinet area telephone (03) 6375 1694 or www.freycinetair.com.au
FREYCINET PENINSULA WALKS by guides telephone (03) 6223 7565 or 1800 506 003
FREYCINET SAIL sails down the peninsula. The telephone is 0419 889 458
- Mt Amos
1/ The Freycinet Peninsula is off the central eastern coast of Tasmania. The Hazards are a chain of mountains on the Freycinet Peninsula. Coles Bay is a settlement at the top of the Freycinet Peninsula. In this photo the Hazards are seen here across Moulting Lagoon from the Pine Hill Lookout. The Hazards mark the start of the Freycinet Peninsula National Park. The famous Wineglass Bay is just East of the Hazards.
2/ This is the view looking east down Nine Mile Beach towards the Freycinet Peninsula. The settlement of Coles Bay is at the far end of this beach. To the right are the Hazards.
3/ This is the view of Schouten Island and the Schouten passage taken from Shelley Point south of Swansea. Schouten Island is at the southern end of the Freycinet Peninsula.
4/ The rocks on the Tasmanian East Coast are famous for their red streaks. Beyond the rocks is the Hazards Range of the Freycinet Peninsula.
4/ This is a beautiful, peaceful lagoon near Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula.
5/ This photo shows Hazards from across Coles Bay on a stormy day.
6/ This shows the Hazards of the Freycinet Peninsula on a sunny day. Note the pure, white sand beaches common to Tasmanian beaches.
7/ Note the beautiful reflections of the Hazards on this foggy morning at Coles Bay.
8/ Coles Bay is one of the most popular boating venues in Tasmania. The Freycinet Peninsula is world famous.
9/ It is a great pleasure to simply watch the timeless glory of the waves crashing into the rugged shores of the Freycinet Peninsula.
10/ A swift catamaran enjoys the winds off the Freycinet Peninsula.
11/ Here yachts lie at their moorings near Coles Bay.
12/ The red rocks of the Freycinet Peninsula show both great color plus exotic shapes and textures.
13/ The red rocks can be almost interpreted as abstract sculptures in this photo.
1/ Wine Glass Bay is situated on the east coast of Tasmania north of Swansea. It is shaped like a Wine Glass and is rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This image looks down on Wine Glass Bay from Mt Amos. Wine Glass Bay is on the left and Coles Bay is on the right.
2/ This gallery shows images made on a journey from Sleepy Bay, which is north of Wine Glass Bay to Wine Glass Bay. Our trail headed south and followed the rugged coast over rocks and narrow beaches. This view looks south from Sleepy Bay. Sleepy Bay can be reached on a road from the Coles Bay settlement.
3/ This image looks north at the rugged cliffs north of Sleepy Bay. The red streak in the rocks is feldspar, which is common in the Freycinet Peninsula.
4/ This view looks north along Sleepy Bay. It was our last view before we entered the rugged section of the coast, as we journey southwards.
5/ This image looks south across the rugged coast towards Thouin Bay. The distant peaks on the right are Mt Graham and Mt Freycinet.
6/ This image looks north from whence we had journeyed. Most of this journey involved hopping over these kinds of rocks. The lovely colors that you see are one of the things that make Freycinet so famous.
7/ This is a creek which only reaches the sea when it is in flood. Note the strange colors that it creates.
8/ The Freycinet Peninsula is a favorite area for small boats. This image shows a pleasure boat silhouetted against Mt Freycinet. Just beyond this beach was Wine Glass Bay.
9/ This image is a telephoto view of Mt Freycinet. It should give any aspirant climber some idea as to how steep it is to climb Mt Freycinet.
10/ We had to bush bash our way south through a headland before Wine Glass Bay suddenly emerged before us. This view looks south down Wine Glass Bay towards the southern end of the Freycinet Peninsula.
11/ This image shows the beautiful sands and the aqua colored water of Wine Glass Bay. It looks towards the south. Mt Freycinet is the distant peak on the extreme right.
12/ This view looks to the northern end of the beach of Wine Glass Bay.
1/ Mt Amos is situated just north of the easy trail to Wine Glass Bay. From its summit the viewer gets to see a panoramic view of the whole of the Freycinet Peninsula. However, the climb is steep and involves scrambling over rocks, so it is only recommended for fit walkers. This image looks up at Mt Amos from near the start of the trail. This trail begins at Parsons Cove, where the easier trail to Wine Glass Bay also begins.
2/ The trail passes through a forest as it ascends Mt Amos.
3/ The Freycinet Peninsula is the home to much wildlife. Here a female Bennetts wallaby, who is familiar with humans, grazes, while her baby looks suspiciously at the photographer.
4/ This image was taken near the summit of Mt Amos. The rocks of the Freycinet Peninsula are frequently tinted red due to the abundance of feldspar in this area.
5/ The final part of the climb required walkers to scramble up steep rocks like these. Not the streaks of white caused by water erosion.
6/ The streaks in these rocks were very pronounced and have an almost, artistic appearance about them.
7/ This image shows the steepness of the rocks towards the summit that the aspirant climber needs to ascend.
8/ Mt Amos is 454 metres high, so the panoramic views from the summit are simply awesome. This view looks north towards the settlement of Coles Bay, which is just outside the national park.
9/ This view looks south down the Freycinet Peninsula. To the left is the famous Wine Glass Bay. To its right is the beach of Coles Bay. The peak in the centre is Mt Mayson, which is 417 metres high. To its right is Mt Graham and beyond it is Mt Freycinet. There is a difficult walk from Wine Glass Bay to these peaks.
10/ This is a telephoto view of Mt Freycinet. Its peak is 620 metres high. A very difficult bush walk from Wine Glass Bay can take you there, if you are experienced enough to climb this peak. The panoramic view from Mt Freycinet are better than those from Mt Amos.
11/ This view looks towards the north east. The distant headland is Cape Tourville and the islands are called the Nuggets.
12/ This image is a telephoto image and also looks towards the north east. It shows the steep cliffs just north of Sleepy Bay.