Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park (with Map & Photos)

Tasmania became famous all over the world thanks to an amazing predator - the Tasmanian devil. But it is also worth knowing that Wineglass Bay, which means "Wine Glass" in translation, is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, and the local flora and fauna is better than any zoo.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

The Freycinet Peninsula is a large peninsula in eastern Tasmania. The Freycinet Peninsula is approximately 23 km long and 6.5 km wide. The area of ​​the peninsula is approximately 65 km2, and the maximum height is 613 m above sea level. To the south of the peninsula is the island of Schuten, with which it forms the Freycinet National Park. Shuten Island is separated from the peninsula by a 1.6 km wide strait. From the east, the peninsula is washed by the waters of the Tasman Sea, and to the west is Great Oyster Bay. Coles and Promise Bays are located on the western coast of the peninsula, and on the eastern coast, Tuen Bay, which turns into the well-protected Wineglass Bay.

Freycinet National Park - protected area, located 125 km north-east of Hobart, the state capital of Tanzania.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

The park got its name in honor of the French navigator Louis de Freycinet. He is best known for surveying and mapping Australia's coastline.

The date of foundation of the park is considered 1916, and Freycinet Park is considered the oldest park in all of Tanzania, its only competitor is Mount Field Park, founded in the same year. The park itself occupies a significant part of the Freycinet Peninsula and the Schouten Island.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

On the border of the national park is the small settlement of Coles Bay, and the largest nearby town is Swansea, next to Mount Field National Park.

The park has a special climate, reminiscent of that of France, with about 600 mm of precipitation, and the number of sunny days a year exceeding 300.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

The Hazards is another attraction of the park. This mountain range consists of red-pink granite formations and a series of jagged granite peaks. It is because of the sharp peaks that the array got its name: Hazards means "Danger" in translation. The rock gets its characteristic pink color due to the presence of rose quartz, and the massif itself belongs to the Devonian period of the Paleozoic era.

The park is also unique in that 49 species of endemic plants grow in it. Among the inhabitants of the park you can find different types of possums, flying squirrels, echidnas, wombats, dwarf couscous, big-eared rats, kangaroo rats, long-nosed potoru. The Tasmanian devil was once a common species in this area, but today the population of these marsupials has declined sharply due to a little-studied virus that kills animals.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

The devil is a predatory stocky animal that got its name for its heartbreaking night's howl and a completely unfriendly grin.

Migrating humpback whales can be watched from a cruise ship, and Honeymoon Bay offers dolphin encounters.

The territory of the park is a paradise for bird watchers: especially lucky ones manage to see a white-bellied eagle soaring in height, or a huge Australian cormorant diving into the ocean waters in search of food.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

Fans of outdoor activities will find many opportunities for themselves here: you can go on a sightseeing walk in the ideal shape of Weinglass Bay or set off on a three-day trek along the Freycinet Peninsula, wander along the Friendly Beaches, which became part of the park in 1992, swim in crystal clear waters and watch wildlife park. In Sleepy Bay you can go diving or snorkelling. In the summer months, the park becomes especially popular with campers who like to rest in tents; there are special parking lots for them.

Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Freycinet National Park

This place has been known among Australians for a long time. Here you can have a great time fishing, boating, kayaking. Also in the Freycinet Park there are very good places for rock climbing, and just relaxing on the beach under the warm rays of the sun.

Despite such natural beauty, this place is rarely visited by tourists, it is not on the tourist map of the world. The reason for this is the remoteness from civilization and the inaccessibility of Tasmania. The nearest airport is in Launston, a 2-hour drive from Freycinet National Park.

Wineglass Bay Map