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Coles Bay Road

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Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Occupying a peninsula just south of Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park is a prime spot for bird-watching, camping and scenic drives. The park also features white-sand beaches surrounded by pink granite peaks that are just as popular with photographers as they are with swimmers, kayakers and snorkelers. If you'd rather hike while exploring this protected area, you'll find multiple trails for short, half-day and overnight hikes on-site.

Visitors rave about this national park's scenery, adding that locales like Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach are so breathtaking that you could spend several hours admiring your surroundings. If you're short on time or new to hiking, travelers recommend trekking the Wineglass Bay Lookout path; for a more challenging hike, several suggest taking the path to Mount Amos. Reviewers also rave about the sunsets at Honeymoon Bay and Cape Tourville's lighthouse.

You'll find Freycinet National Park's main entrance and visitor center at the northern end of the park near Coles Bay. You can visit the park at any time year-round, but the visitor center is only open from 8 or 9 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m. Travelers arriving by car will be charged 24 Australian dollars ($19), while pedestrians, bikers and motorcyclists must pay AU$12 (about $9.50). Parking is included in your park admission. Once inside the park, you'll have access to restrooms, a gift shop, picnic areas and an outdoor theater. To camp during Australia's summer season, you'll need to enter a lottery system; travelers who receive a campsite will be notified by mail in August. Additional information about park activities and sights can be found on Freycinet National Park's website.

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