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The Weekender: Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania

Coles Bay, TAS. Image by Visual Collective via Shutterstock.

If you’re ready to discover one of Tasmania’s hidden gems, our guide to all of the best things to see and do in Freycinet will have you covered.

Home to one of the top 10 beaches in the world, amazing walking trails and breathtaking scenery, Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula has it.

Freycinet’s vineyards, luxury accommodation, beaches and gastronomic dining and drinking scene all makes this southern peninsula one of the most finest offerings when it comes to weekend getaway destinations. Ready to discover, Freycinet is home to Freycinet National Park  and is a stone throw away from Wineglass Bay, Coles Bay and Honeymoon Bay in Tasmania.

How long does it take to drive from Hobart to Freycinet?

Passing through Coles Bay, it takes approximately a two-and-a-half hour drive to drive from Hobart to Freycinet.

The Best Places to Eat in Freycinet, Tasmania:

The Bay Restaurant

The Bay Restaurant at the Freycinet Lodge is your ideal spot after a full day exploring to relax and enjoy elegant surroundings, magnificent views and delicious cuisine. Featuring a seasonal menu that aims to showcase the finest produce from the region and some of the best seafood in Tasmania, The Bay Restaurant in Freycinet National Park ensures that each bite and sip is paired with a jawdropping view.


The Bay Restaurant | Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay, TAS 7215


Palate Restaurant, Saffire Freycinet

Found within Saffire Freycinet, Palate Restaurant is all about utilising the very best produce from local suppliers and using it to create their daily changing degustation and a la carte menu. Multi-course degustation menus are matched with outstanding local wines, all of which is enjoyed overlooking the panoramic views, perfect for a romantic getaway. With friendly and relaxed service, you may never want to leave Saffire Freycinet.


Palate Restaurant | 2352 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay, TAS 7215


Devil’s Corner

At Devil’s Corner you are spoilt for choice for where you want to eat while you are enjoying their wines, all whilst overlooking one of Freycinet’s best vineyards. Diners can choose from either Tombolo Cafe serving pizza in all its glory, perfect if you are feeling like carb-alicious treats; or perhaps if you are craving something from the sea, head down to The Fishers, dishing up oysters, fish and much more yummy goodness.


Devil’s Corner | 1 Sherbourne Rd, Apslawn, TAS 7190


The Best Places to Drink in Freycinet, Tasmania:

Milton Vineyard

Milton Vineyards in Freycinet focus is producing small quantities of handmade wine, lending off the land to create the best quality wine. Thanks to their distinct micro-climate that is ideal for growing pinot noir, other aromatics grown on the Milton Vineyard property include pinot gris, riesling, and gewurztraminer, which are grown on free draining red loam and liberally sprinkled with dolerite rocks.


Milton Vineyard | 14635 Tasman Hwy, Swansea, TAS 7190


Geographe Restaurant and Espresso Bar

First and foremost, the Geographe Restaurant has a million-dollar outlook, and is worth a visit just for that. But, if it’s not five o’clock and you’re needing a pick-me-up, when your coffee (and maybe a snack) arrives, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. We can’t ask for more than good service, great food and a stunning lookout, and Geographe Restaurant has it all. Named after the French Corvette, Le Ge`ographe, which led an expedition to Australia in 1800; today Geographe Restaurant and Espresso Bar serves some of the best breakfast, lunch and dinner in Freycinet.


Geographe Restaurant and Espresso Bar | 6 Garnet Ave, Coles Bay, TAS 7215


Spring Vale Vineyard

Spring Vale Vineyard began in 1986 and started by building off the warm days and cool nights of Freycinet’s coast, which is a climate ideal for slow ripening and excellent flavour development. Spring Vale Vineyards’ small and intimate cellar door is actually an old stable, which was built by convict labour in 1842 and is now heritage listed. Whether you visit for the incredibly picturesque cellar door, embrace the history or of course, the wine, it will be well worth your time.


Spring Vale Vineyard | 130 Springvale Rd, Cranbrook, TAS 7190


The Best Things to See and Do in Freycinet, Tasmania:

Sea Kayaking in Freycinet

Explore Freycinet’s natural beauty on the water in guided sea kayak tours. Experience the beautiful Freycinet coast from a different perspective, getting exclusive views of the pink granite mountains, turquoise water and sandy beaches. The tours depart from the town of Coles Bay which sits at the foot of the Hazard Mountain Range. All gear and equipment is provided and the tours are beginner friendly.


Sea Kayaking | Coles Bay, TAS 7215


A Scenic Flight in Freycinet

You can see the sights from the water and from the ground, so why not the air? See the Freycinet Peninsula and Tasmania’s famed Wineglass Bay in a fixed-wing plane or helicopter, first flying over the stunning Moulting Lagoon and Friendly Beaches. The route will take you down the coast by the Hazards and Wineglass Bay before returning via the untouched beaches on the west coast of the peninsula.


Scenic Flight


Explore Freycinet on Foot

Walking through the Freycinet Peninsula is a must-do – if not for the view, for the beaches. Our advice is to go in the summer, because you do not want to miss out on Freycinet’s magical turquoise-coloured water. And, what better reason to considering that the Freycinet National Park is home to one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Wineglass Bay. There are a number of walks, such as Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk, Hazards Beach and Cape Tourville. They can vary and be fairly steep, but the reward is the natural beauty of the land and the cool respite of the crystal clear water.


The Best Luxury Accommodation in Freycinet, Tasmania:

Eagle Peaks

Offering stunning views, regardless of what room you opt for – the Ocean View Studios for Great Oyster Bay and the peninsula, or the Upper Residence for the Hazards Mountain Range, Great Oyster Bay, Schouten Island and Maria Island – Eagle Peaks is definitely one of the best luxury accommodation options in Freycinet. With an open plan design, guests are treated to a continental breakfast, a fully equipped kitchen and beds fit for a king or queen!


Eagle Peaks | 13 Oyster Bay Ct, Coles Bay, TAS 7215


Freycinet Lodge

The Freycinet Lodge is located inside the Freycinet National Park, just outside of Coles Bay, overlooking the blue water of Great Oyster Bay and the rugged mountains of the Hazards. With views to die for, especially from the spa, Freycinet Lodge is also home a handful of superb dining options and a coastal pavilion that is the perfect location to watch the sun set.


Freycinet Lodge | Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215


Edge of the Bay Resort

Edge of the Bay Resort is both idyllic and contemporary, with wall-to-wall views of Great Oyster Bay. Need we say anymore? Unwind on the private deck where you can watch the sunset on the pink granite Hazards Mountains.  The rooms represent eco-tourism, while The Edge Restaurant is only metres away from the suites. The rooms were designed with total privacy and maximum relaxation – so what are you waiting for?

Edge of the Bay | 2308 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay, TAS 7215


Looking for more ideas for spending quality time in Tasmania? Discover what to do on a day trip to Bruny Island or explore our list of the top 10 unique getaway gems across the island. Or perhaps a road trip seems like a good idea? In that case, you have to read our guide to the ultimate road trip from Hobart to Cradle Mountain.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land mentioned in our article, the people of the Paredarerme Nation, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature Image: Photographed by Visual Collective. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on November 30 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on May 04 2021.
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