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also known as Picnic Island

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Freycinet Island / Picnic Island - Cities, Towns and Localities

View of the The Hazards from Freycinet Island © Freycinet Island, Tasmania

Freycinet Island (also known as Picnic Island) is located just 500 m off shore from Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park in Tasmania.

One of a handful of privately owned islands in Tasmania, the current owner has purchased the island to protect it as a private nature reserve. Formerly part of a large rural holding in Coles Bay, the island has 5 metre high limestone cliffs at one end with the island gently sloping to sea level at the other end.

In a region renowned for eco-tourism and adventure activities, the island provides a great spot for those looking to getting away from it all.

As well as the isolation, one of the many highlights include the several hundred penguins and mutton birds that call the island home. Their return to the burrows at dusk is one of the great attractions of staying overnight on the island. Of course there are strict guidelines that must be adhered to, ensuring that the burrows are not disturbed.

Primarily a rocky island, there is also a small sandy beach on the western side, providing a great spot for watching the sunset. The western side of the island also has deep water with abundant abalone fish and crayfish. Snorkelling around the island takes about 20 minutes.

The work on revegetating the island continues with indigenous trees and other flora having been progressing planted over the last few years.

For those planning to make the island their base, their are options for sea kayaking, quad bike tours and charters from Coles Bay, where you can also get a coffee and newspapers.

It is possible to get to and from the island easily with the assistance of local boat charter operators. Alternatively you can hire your own self drive tinnie and have it on stand-by. Just check our website for contact details.

The island provides a unique spot for exclusive hire and small group camping experience. There are no facilities, so everything must be brought with you including tents, food, water, torches etc. Make sure you bring warm clothes, even during the summer period as the temperature can be cool at night. Of course you are expected to take everything off the island when you leave, including all rubbish.

Check out our listing of Freycinet Island accommodation and Freycinet Peninsula accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Freycinet Island, Tasmania
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