A Guide To Camping In Freycinet National Park
The Freycinet National Park is a rugged paradise of pink granite mountains bordered by turquoise blue seas and sugar-sand white beaches. The Hazard Mountain’s high, dramatic peaks challenge trekkers to take on the Wineglass Bay pass. Camping in the Freycinet National Park is more than just camping – it’s an epic adventure.
You can sign up for a basic powered site for campervans or caravans at any time of the year, except in Honeymoon Bay which is available only during summer. Permission to camp at Honeymoon Bay and Richardsons Beach depend on a ballot.
Visit, or write to the Visitors Center too book your campsite in advance. If you’re planning a small overnight trip, you can stay at campsites at Hazards, Cooks Beaches, and Wineglass Bay. Friendly Beaches has basic sanitary facilities for overnighters as well. You will find a range of facilities such as picnic tables, electric barbecues, running water and toilets at Ranger Creek and Honeymoon Bay.
- Rubbish Disposal: Rubbish bins are not provided, so you have to parcel your own trash and take it out. Bring sufficient trash bags and fasteners to help you keep your trash concerns in control.
- Camp Fires: You can only use a fuel stove in Freycinet. Campfires are not permitted, even on the Friendly beaches and Schouten Island. However, on the days of Total Fire Ban, even gas fuel stoves are not allowed in the open. You can, however, cook on the electric barbecues provided at Honeymoon Bay and Ranger Creek on these days.
- Pets: Pets, especially dogs are not allowed.
- Food: Several food items are not allowed in Tasmania. Before leaving for your camping trip, check with the Visitors Center for a list of prohibited foods.
Adrenaline Activities At Freycinet National Park
Freycinet Park has sweeping coastal regions, secluded pristine beaches, spectacular pink granite boulders, many bushwalks, and more wildlife, birdlife and exotic plant life than you’ve ever seen. There are marine reserves and great fishing areas too. Adrenaline activities include short walks, long walks, scenic drives, overnight bushwalks, birdwatching, mountain biking, boating, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, climbing, photography, camping and fishing,
Nature and wildlife slideshows and informative talks by rangers provide a great way to learn about Tasmania’s national parks, heritage and wildlife.
Enjoy scenic drives to Friendly Beaches lookout, Sleepy Bay lookout and Cape Tourville. Each of these marvelously scenic paths is laid with coastal vistas and flowering bushes. Stop at the Whitewater Wall clifftop lookout just before Cape Tourville for some rockclimbing adventures. From here, you can either walk or take a 4WD trail to Bluestone Bay and its pristine blue beaches.
There are several places for excellent nature walks, such as Saltwater Lagoon, Friendly Beaches, and Sleepy Bay and so on. For a brisk hike, head out to the steep Mt Amos and enjoy fabulous views when you get to the top. The Wineglass Bay lookout is an excellent walking destination as well, as are the Wineglass Bay beach and the Wineglass Bay-Hazards Beach circuit walks.
For long, overnight walks, best to walk from Coles Bay to Hazards Beach or Wineglass Beach and from there to Cooks Beach through Mt. Graham. From here, you can walk to Bryans Beach. There are excellent overnight campsites at each location for overnight stay. You can swim, explore rocks and take side trips at the campsites too. You can obtain estimated walk times from the Visitors Center, but always be sure to include some extra time for sightseeing and resting. Carry water, equipment and clothing for your overnight walk trips, and watch the weather. Ask a ranger about the track conditions, activities and availability of fresh water at overnight walk locations before you head out.
Teena works for Adrenaline as a content writer. She is also a hobby traveler, and has traveled around Australia for next to nothing via volunteer programs.