Sticking out into the Tasman Sea to form the eastern side of the Great Oyster
Bay, is the beautiful and rugged Freycinet Peninsula, home to the Freycinet
National Park. With Schouten Island off the northern tip, Freycinet Peninsula is
home to Wineglass Bay, Honeymoon Bay, Coles Bay and the Friendly Beaches Reserve.
Freycinet National Park contains eroded granite mountains, surrounded by azure
bays and white sandy beaches. It is here that the oft photographed dramatic
peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park.
Freycinet is effectively two eroded blocks of granite, the Hazards and the
Mount Graham / Mount Freycinet, joined by a sand isthmus. The weathering and
erosion of the granite mountain region continues today. Part of the effect of
the erosion is some of the gorgeous colours to be seen, such as the pink tint of
'The Hazards' which is caused by iron oxide impurities in feldspar (orthoclase).
Combined with the orange lichen that covers many of the rocks, producing the
pink tint effect.1
There is a visitor centre within the entrance to the park. Here you are
introduced to the natural and cultural heritage of the region. There is also a
park shop selling a range of products including park passes. Facilities in the
park include a range of day visitor facilities. During summer there are ranger
activities such as walks, talks and slide shows. Camping is also another popular
option, with summer and Easter being very busy, campsites for these times are on
a ballot system. See the
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service website for details.