Reserved in 1916, Freycinet National Park features pink granite mountains, white sandy beaches, wildflowers, birds and native animals. It’s stunningly beautiful.
Walks range from 5 minutes to several days. If you’re short of time we suggest the easy 20 minute Cape Tourville Circuit, designed to be wheelchair friendly. It offers views up and down the coast including into Wineglass Bay from the outside. Of course there are many more walks of various durations, often taking in beaches that are never busy, even in summer. Ask and we’ll suggest a perfect walk for you.
Explore the National Park with ALL4adventure. Their quad bikes and Polaris Rangers enable you to reach parts of the park which would take forever on foot and are not accessible to ordinary vehicles. You’ll travel at a speed which allows you to fully appreciate what the Park has to offer.
A progressive degustation ….. with you in it. Brad brings together some fantastic seasonal food and wine experiences in our area or further afield.
Let the Aqua taxi take you into the heart of Freycinet National Park, allowing more time to enjoy its spectacular walks and beaches.
A flight with Freycinet Air is a must if you are a photographer. Alternatively if climbing isn’t your thing it saves the effort required to see Wineglass Bay. Pilots are experienced and very knowledgeable about the area. The new plane accommodates up to 5 passengers. Recommended!!
Giles and Julia Fisher produce Pacific oysters and mussels at Freycinet Marine Farm. They also sell scallops, abalone, rock lobsters (crayfish), salmon, pickled octopus, sea urchin roe and prawns, prepared in a variety of ways.
Their oysters have a delicate briny sea flavour and are plump, rich and creamy. To buy some of the freshest shell fish imaginable, call in here.
If you are into energetic outdoor activities call in and book with the team at Freycinet Adventures. Their sea kayaking tours are a different and very special way to see our Peninsula. Give it a try even if you have never been in a kayak before. All safety equipment is provided and the guide will teach you what to do. Tours don’t run if bad weather means it would be unsafe to do so.
Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II, a luxury 2 level eco-catamaran, which can carry up to 150 passengers. Be sure to book in advance to get the day of your choice as understandably the cruise is very popular.
Not in Coles Bay we know, but most guests visit at least one vineyard while here. There are 7 cellar doors between Orford and the Coles Bay turn off, all selling very pleasant wines. Freycinet also grow olives. Their own olive press enables them to and make and sell top quality olive oil.
What do you do when you have so many motorcycles that they have taken over your garage and that of your parents? You open your own museum of course! It’s at 35 Burgess St, (the main street) in Bicheno. Andrew Quin’s collection includes motorcycles from the early 1900s onwards but he’s most passionate about the classic bikes from the 1920s to the 1950s. You’ll find 60 – 70 of them here, all superbly restored and gleaming.
Re-opening for the season on 22 September.
The cool waters of Governor Island Marine Reserve are home to lots of interesting marine life. Expect to see bull kelp, strap weed and cray weed sheltering cardinal fish, cod, boarfish, red gurnard, perch and zebra fish.
Nick Wardlaw and Paul Males saved this penguin colony from destruction by trapping the feral cats and dogs which had reduced it to a mere 40 birds. Now there are up to 700 with over 200 birds returning to their nests of an evening at peak times, from September to November, and about 100/night for the rest of the year.
Re-opening 1 October
For most visitors, this really is as close as you’ll get to seeing Tassie devils in the wild. You will see lots, all scrapping around for their share of a staked out wallaby carcass, using their rumps to push each other out of the way and yarring fearsomely. It’s a fascinating evening.
Natureworld is about 5 km north of Bicheno and is a great place for a close up look at most Tasmanian animals and many of our birds. Don’t miss Devil World interpretation centre. They’re open from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm every day except Christmas Day.
Situated in Harveys Farm Rd on the southern outskirts of Bicheno, this tiny vineyard produces excellent wine from Pinot Noir grapes.
Re-opening November. Ring for the exact date
If you’d like to catch a few flathead then Sea-All Fishing and Marine Tours are for you. Operating from the Gulch at Bicheno, they do charters for from 2 to 4 people, catering for novices and experienced fishers. What’s included?
The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre in Bicheno is an exciting new destination for lovers of fine wine and food. At last count 55 wines from 20 east coast vineyards were showcased.
Passionate cyclist Sally Fletcher offers a choice of 7 cycle tours, mostly on private land, featuring visits to local vineyards and an oyster farm. She will ride with you or alternatively you may simply hire a bike and safety gear.
At the northern end of Swansea you’ll find the Bark Mill Museum and Tavern. During the depressions of the late 1800’s and 1930’s many a family survived by stripping bark from black wattles and selling it to the mill, where it was crushed for use in tanning leather.