Bed & breakfast accommodation • Swansea • Tasmania

Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay, Bicheno & Maria Island

Swansea - gateway to Freycinet and Tasmania's beautiful east coast.

Friendly Beaches

The turn off to Freycinet Peninsula is a 30 km drive north of Swansea.  Once on the peninsula, you will see a road to your left to Friendly Beaches; this is well worth taking and leads to a car park which is only 50 metres from the stunning white sandy beach. Dolphins and migrating whales can sometimes be seen from here. 
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Cape Tourville

Immediately after Freycinet Lodge, take the 5.5 km drive to Cape Tourville and enjoy the short walk to the lighthouse, where a glimpse of beautiful Wineglass Bay can be seen. The walk around the lighthouse perimeter is particularly recommended for people who find it difficult to walk up and down steep inclines and provides stunning panoramic views of the coastline and ocean.
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Wineglass Bay

The walk to the lookout and back takes 1–1½ hours, up some quite challenging terrain, but the reward at the end is worth the effort, especially the sight of the white sands and turquoise waters which qualify this as one of the world’s best 10 beaches. The walk down to the beach is recommended.
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See it by Sea

From Coles Bay Jetty you can take a fully guided cruise to Wineglass Bay with Wineglass Bay Cruises. From the safety of your seat, explore the rugged coastline with towering pink granite cliffs plunging into the Tasman Sea and, at Wineglass Bay, enjoy the spectacular surroundings, recognised as one of the world’s top ten beaches, while enjoying the flavour of freshly shucked oysters still dripping from the sea, served with a sample of Tasmania’s finest champagne and cheese. 
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See it by air

One of the best ways to experience the more inaccessible parts of the National Park is by taking a scenic flight with Freycinet Air, located at an airstrip on the Friendly Beaches road. The flights provide unparalleled views of the beautiful Wineglass Bay, the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula with its many lagoons, Schouten Island and miles of unspoilt white sand beaches with turquoise water.
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Kayaking with Freycinet Adventures

Kayaking with Freycinet Adventures is listed as the #4 must-do experience in Australia, on this relaxed, three hour guided tour of the Freycinet coastline; you’ll glide beneath pink granite mountains, past pristine sandy beaches and across waters so crystal clear you feel like you can touch the marine life below. The award-winning tour blends adventure and serenity with a deep appreciation of an incredible environment; it is an unforgettable way to discover the Freycinet Peninsula.
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Seafood Delights

No visit to Freycinet would be complete without a visit to Freycinet Marine Farm at Coles Bay to savour freshly shucked Pacific and Local Agassi Oysters and Tasmania Blue Mussels. Our tip, buy some to take on your walk to Wineglass Bay, pick up some bread from the Coles Bay bakery and enjoy them with a glass of cold Sauvignon Blanc from Milton or sparkling Salute from Spring Vale.
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Bicheno Penguin Tour

A truly natural way to see fairy penguins (Eudyptula minor - sometimes called the little penguin). Each evening, at within an hour or so of dusk, hundreds of little penguins return from the sea at Bicheno and toddle up the beach, determined to reach their nests where an offspring is often waiting to be fed. Bookings are essential. 
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East Coast Natureworld

Set on 160 acres of parkland is East Coast Natureworld. Here you can hand-feed the wallabies, come face-to-face with Tasmanian Devils and Wombats, and meet other Tasmanian and Australian wildlife.  Learn about the Tasmanian Devil rescue and captive breeding programme, and the threat to its survival. Located 7 km north of Bicheno.
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Maria Island

A special place with something for everyone - historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife.  Set just off the warm East Coast, the island is easily accessed by ferry from Triabunna. For current timetable and fares, contact Maria Island Ferry and Eco Cruises on 0419 746 668 or see www.mariaislandferry.com.au. There are no motor vehicles and no shops on the island, so take everything you need with you.
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