I was sent on a road trip to explore Tasmania byCheaptickets.sgand Tourism Tasmania (@tasmania). In this post, you’ll find details on Freycinet National Park, the highlight of the great east coast drive of Tasmania.
As explained in myTasmania road trip planning post，我们只在塔斯马尼亚岛只有5天。在这么短的时间内，我决定探索塔斯马尼亚的东部海岸，这对Freycinet国家公园不得不停止的是一个无意识的人！
Driving a rental car
The easiest way to get to the park is to fly to Hobart/Launceston,租个车and drive yourself from there. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive non-stop, but there are a few spots and lookout points to check out along the Tasman Highway (also known as A3 on your map). I recommend stopping by:
- Katy’s Berry Farm in Swansea- 我们没有时间为此，但在墨尔本的熟人完全肆虐他们的烤饼和浆果果酱。他是英语，所以这说了很多
- Great Oyster Bay Lookout point– you’ll see a few signs for this along the Tasman Highway. Just pull in quickly for some quick photos.
- Spiky Bridge– Right off the highway, this bridge is just a 5 minute stop to admire the unique spiky design and the history that comes with it. The bridge is a result of convict labor from the 1800s.
- 新旧艺术博物馆（蒙娜）– If you are driving up from霍巴特，确保停止这个博物馆！距离霍巴特约有15分钟车程。
来自Hobart / Launceston的旅游
如果您选择不驾驶，则霍巴特和朗塞斯顿的一日旅游选项这实际上是一个非常方便的选择 - 你节省了一些能量，因为你可以睡在公共汽车上，你不必担心在Freycinet周围计划任何额外的住宿。当然，缺点是，如果你自己去，你不会像你一样自由。你也必须尽早离开并迟到来。
Alternatively, if you have time to kill you can also check out the 4-day Freycinet Experience walking tour, which will take you through the most beautiful parts of the national park.
Where to stay overnight
如果您决定留在一夜之间，我已经完成了所有明智选项的研究，这归结为Coles Bay, Swansea or Bicheno
I settled on Bicheno, a small quiet town about 30-minutes drive from Freycinet National Park. They are the closest and cheapest option to Freycinet. We stayed atBicheno by the bay两晚，距离Bicheno海滩和市中心仅几分钟步行路程。这是一个非常简单的住宿，但我喜欢它！他们在这次旅行中的所有住宿中最好淋浴。热水在几秒钟内加热，水压良好，浴室里有一个加热灯 - 当我走出淋浴时，我真正错过了寒冷的夜晚。
There were more things to do there as well, such as theBicheno Penguins Night tourandBicheno Beach & Blowhole.
Bicheno Penguins Tour诚实地对我们有点不满。随着涉及野生动物的任何东西，它总是取决于你的运气，我们不幸。我们在整个旅行期间只看到了野外的两只企鹅。你仍然可以看到企鹅，因为他们中的一些人在海滩旁边的人工盒中采用了一个巢穴，但这与在野外的野外看不一样。所说，旅游只需35美元即可仍然可以尝试运气！
Swansea is a bit further away to the park than Bicheno (45 minutes drive). I did not choose to overnight in Swansea because of this, and also based on the prices of accommodation. However, if you want to splurge, you can stay atThalia Haven– a luxurious accommodation boasting this totally Instagram-worthy outdoor bathtub facing the Great Oyster Bay! I was scrolling my Facebook feed when I saw a friend’s glorious photo inside this bathtub with a glass of champagne – you can get the same photo for about $650 – 800 a night.
Things to do at Freycinet National Park
Now that we’ve settled on how you’ll be getting to Freycinet and where to stay, let’s check out what you can do at the park:
葡萄酒杯海湾is undoubtedly the poster child of Freycinet. One look at the beach from above and you’ll see why it’s so popular. Just look at that perfectly white sand and azure water! And you’ll probably quickly figure out why it’s named so – it curves like the base of a wine glass.
您可以选择享受着名的Wineglass Bay View：
Mount Amos Hike: The Most Difficult option (with the best view!)
Not gonna lie, I was quite nervous about this hike since I read many reviews on how difficult it is. And guess what? All those reviews were correct! If you are a tall, athletic person then it might be a walk in the park for you… but for this 160-cm short girl, it was not an easy hike. The first 10 minutes was pretty easy, then you start hitting slanted smooth granite surface and that’s when it starts to get challenging.
- 我强烈不推荐doing this hike if it had rained earlier in the day, or if it is currently raining, or if you think it will rain in the next 2-3 hours.
- I also do NOT recommend doing this after sunset, so make sure you allocate enough daylight time for this hike.
- Do NOT wear regular running shoes. I recommend wearing proper trekking shoes. I was wearing my simple Nike running shoes which had absolutely no tread against the type of granite surface found on Mount Amos.
Anyway, back to the hike – about 30 minutes into it, the path started to get really steep and we had to get down on all fours to continue the climb, aka “scrambling”. It was quite challenging for me since the rocks were sharp, steep and high. At some points of the hike, I had to hoist myself up on a rock that is about the height of my stomach while making sure I don’t lose footing. My arms and legs were definitely sore the next day! And the rocks were sharp enough that I got a thin cut on my finger.
However, the good thing about the hike is that it’s relatively short so even though it was difficult it didn’t last that long. After all, it was only an elevation gain of about 400m. But it was truly a beautiful hike all the way through. The entire time, your back is facing the direction of Coles Bay and Great Oyster Bay, and because it was so steep you pretty much get an unobstructed picturesque view of those bays, while in front of you are endless slabs of huge, steep granite rocks. But once you conquer those pesky rocks – I swear, if you thought the view hiking up was beautiful, wait till you see the Wineglass Bay reveal on the other side of the mountain. THAT view was a million times worth it for only an hour hike up.
In total it took us a little over an hour to go up, then we spent about 30 minutes at the peak and another 1.5 hours to climb down. Yes, the descent took longer even though you take the exact same route down. I was basically crab-walking and slip-n-sliding my butt down the mountain.
At the end of our hike, we were rewarded by an adorable sight: Two curious, wild wallabies getting really close to the carpark and begging for food.Note: Do NOT feed the wildlife no matter how cute!You can see them sniffing around backpacks here but I’m glad to report nobody was trying to feed them even though they were so adorable.
葡萄酒杯海湾Lookout: Moderate Difficulty (but still with a great view!)
If you think the Mount Amos hike is not for you, you can try the Wineglass Bay Lookout path instead. I did not do this one, but I read online that it is nowhere near as bad as Mount Amos. However, it’s still a considerably long walk – it would take you 2.5 hours return to the lookout point and you get to actually go to the beach itself. You then have the option to continue towards Hazard Beach for a longer walk, which will take you 4-5 hours return back to the carpark.
For the complete list of day walks, you can visit theFreycinet National Parkwebsite.
阿莫斯攀登山之后,我们决定我们enough walking and we’ll only check out the short walks. If climbing sharp steep rocks of Mount Amos is not your thing – don’t worry! At Freycinet National Park, you can still enjoy the amazing view and vivid colors without all the work! Honeymoon Bay is probably the shortest of them all with a picturesque view right off the carpark. Honeymoon Bay is a gravel-y beach with plenty of flat granite rocks to sit on. It’s a popular spot for a picnic so definitely come here with some food. You can sit on one of the many rocks and enjoy the incredible view and colors.
This is slightly longer than Honeymoon Bay, but still equally picturesque. It takes about 5-8 minutes to walk down to the actual beach. The terrain of Sleepy Beach is similar to Honeymoon Beach – rough gravel and large granite rocks lines up the coast. We stayed a bit longer at Sleepy beach though, because we decided to climb up the granite rocks over to the other side where there were MORE granite rocks and large Kelp forests you can see from the coast.
Freycinet Marine Farm
We came here for lunch after Mount Amos and before going back to Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay. If you love oysters, this place is absolute heaven and very moderately priced. Me? I LOVE Oysters and have always been partial to the Tasmanian ones, so I was on cloud nine. At Freycinet Marine Farm, the Oysters and Mussels were harvested fresh from the farm on daily basis, while the Scallops and Salmon were sourced from local fisherman.
We ordered half dozen of natural oysters with lemon, half dozen of baked oysters ($12) with smoked Tasmanian salmon and brie ($12), two garlic scallops ($15) and two glasses of local wine ($9 and $10 each). The total of this meal was $58 for 2 people!
We gulped those down rather fast, so we ordered more – Uni (aka Sea Urchin) for $15. It was interesting since the color and texture is different than the Uni that I’m used to – it was a darker orange and had more rough/chunkier texture, but it was still delicious!
I highly recommend making this stop while you are in Freycinet, but take note they close early at 5pm, so go for lunch or mid-day snack. Optionally, you can also get a takeaway from here and go to Honeymoon Bay for a picnic! It’s only 10-minutes drive away.
BONUS: What causes the orange hues on the granite rocks?
It was only when we returned to our hotel that day at Bicheno that I finally got to see them up close at Bicheno Beach.
拒绝花岗岩是橙色的，因为它被覆盖lichens, a combination of algae and fungus. If you drive further up north along the east coast, you’ll reach Bay of Fires which has the same orange-hue. I wonder if this is why it’s called Bay of Fires?
Either way, we know Orange and Blue are complementary colors and perhaps that is why the coast of Tasmania is so pleasing to the eye.