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Natural Beauty and History

Reaching out into the sea on Tasmania's mild east coast is the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula.

 

Freycinet National Park consists of knuckles of granite mountains all but surrounded by azure bays and white sand beaches. The dramatic peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park. Freycinet is effectively two eroded blocks of granite -  the Hazards and the Mt Graham/Mt Freycinet sections of the peninsula - joined by a sand isthmus.

 

Freycinet is a great place to go bird watching. You may be lucky enough to see a white-bellied sea-eagle gliding overhead or large Australasian gannet diving for food in the ocean.  Freycinet National Park offers a wide variety of activities. Take a walk to the saddle overlooking the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay, trek the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on a three day walk or try less strenuous activities like beach strolls, swimming or wildlife spotting.

Hazards

 

The Freycinet Peninsula was home to the Oyster Bay Tribe of Tasmanian Aborigines, the largest of nine tribes that made Tasmania their home for at least 20,000 years. Numbering about 500-800 individuals at the time of European contact, the Oyster Bay Tribe was probably the island’s largest group.

 

First contact with Europeans was in 1802 with the visit of French explorer Nicolas Baudin who named it after the expedition’s navigator Louis de Freycinet. Conflict between Europeans and Aborigines culminated in The Freycinet Line in 1831: an English attempt to completely rid the peninsula of its original inhabitants. The peninsula and Schouten Island had farming leases and were also the site of sealing and whaling industries before the peninsula was protected in a national park in 1916. Numerous shell middens ( remnants of seafood meals) are found on the peninsula and some of the tracks that The Freycinet Experience Walk follows are paths walked by the peninsula’s original inhabitants.

 

Possums, wallabies and wombats are commonly seen in the area. At night, you may be lucky enough to spot eastern quolls, long nosed potoroos, the diminutive New Holland mouse and even the endangered Tasmanian devil. Marine life in the waters off the peninsula includes visiting seals from colonies on offshore islands and bottlenose dolphins. Southern right whales spend time around the peninsula on their winter migration.

 

The surrounding pristine coastal forest includes fragrant banksias, wattle, eucalypts and Oyster Bay pine. On walks you can expect to see bush orchids, coastal and sunshine wattle, spinifex, casurina, heaths, honeysuckle, mauve melaleuca and a variety of eucalypts.

Pied Oyster Catcher

 

Whilst relaxing on the Azure deck you may encounter blue wrens and beautiful firetails flitting through the low coastal vegetation, or take a walk on out on the beach to watch white bellied sea eagles soar. Some 130 bird species have been recorded on the peninsula including the chatty yellow tailed black cockatoo, elegant bronzewing pigeons, green rosella, Tasmanian native hens, hooded dotterels, black swans and peregrine falcons. During the summer months, little penguins visit the peninsula and can sometimes be spotted returning to their burrows at dusk.

 

Tasmanian Fairy Penguin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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