About Freycinet National Park
Tasmania, you say? Well, I surely know about the ‘Tasmanian Devil’, but what else is there to visit anyway? (Is this is the phrase popping up in your mind right now?) In that case, my friend, you are misguided!
Decorating the rugged east coast of Tasmania, in the Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park is a painter’s palette, a hue of colours, though mixed up, but still creating a joyful and beautiful impression. White, Green, Blue, Pink – it’s all there and most beautiful too.
Situated on the east coast of Tasmania, 125 km northeast of Hobart, the capital city, the national park is one of the most well-known places in this Australian province.
Founded in 1916 by french navigator, Louis de Freycinet, the 169 km sq. national park as well as the peninsula is named after him. Its Tasmania’s oldest park, jointly with Mount Field National Park.
Tasmania surely is a deal more than the Tasmanian devil. The most underrated of all tourism destinations in Australia, the Freycinet National Park is one signature place, Tasmanian tourism swears by. Welcoming an average of 1,50,000 visitors each year, the national park is everything Tasmanian. And as mentioned earlier, the hue of colours and its interesting geological features are worth several visits!
Perfectly complementing the smooth seaside, the park is famous for its unique and beautiful granite formations. Devonian granite formations, orthoclase, black micas, white quartz, dolerite etc., constitute the rugged beauty of the place.
The characteristic pink tint of the mountains is due to the presence of orthoclase. Also, the surrounding lineal granite peaks, known as ‘The Hazards’, due to their jagged structure are famous visual attractions too. But more than these specialities, the park is a perfect destination for outdoor activities.
The rich flora & fauna provide the perfect reason for such, and the white sand beaches are a perfect excuse. And what more can one possibly want! Wildlife spotting, beach activities, hiking, scaling the mountaintops for a skyline view, a few adventure sports, leisurely activities, organised trekking, and most famously, bird watching – an exciting activity to spot some natives, like white-bellied sea eagle, or large Australasian gannet, among others.
The national park is home to 49 endemic Tasmanian species of wild creatures. All the more reason to visit, an opportunity to observe wombats, pygmy, ringtail, and brushtail possums, potoroo, sugar gliders, Tasmanian bettong, and Tasmanian devils, amidst their natural habitat, is a rare experience, even in other parts of Australia. Such a diversity of native inhabitants offer an exotic wildlife experience.
The Freycinet National Park’s best and most famous asset, however, is the secluded ‘Wineglass Bay’. The perfectly shaped bay in the form of a wineglass has been voted by several travel authorities as one of the world’s best 10 beaches.
The beautiful white sand and secluded beaches, serve as sites to leisurely watch cetaceans like bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales. And yet, if a place like this doesn’t arouse the traveller inside of you, then nothing can, so hurry and plan your next trip to the Freycinet National Park.
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Also See: Great Otway National Park