East Coast, Tasmania, Australia
Pure Air - Pristine Environment
Tasmania's greatest asset is the very fact that it is an island at latitude 42Degrees South - look west and the next land feature is the east coast of Argentina - look south and it's Antartica. The cleanest air and purest rainwater in the world; rivers and streams that originate from pristine mountain ranges and filter through ancient rainforests and highland peat marshes into the cool Southern Ocean. Tasmania's maritime environment with its four coastlines are unique as they are diverse, teeming with a rich array of endemic cold water sealife, they set the island apart from mainland Australia. With only 500,000 inhabitants Tasmania is, and will always remain, an unspoilt jewel at the bottom of the world.
Bay Of Fires
The Bay of Fires (indigenous name: larapuna) is a bay on the northeastern coast of Tasmania in Australia, extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point.
The Bay of Fires is a region of white beaches, blue water and orange-hued granite (the colour of which is actually produced by a lichen). The northern section of the bay is part of Mount William National Park; the southern end is a conservation area.
Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park
Freycinet Visitor Centre
Located within the entrance to the park, the centre introduces the natural and cultural heritage of this region through creative displays.
Staff are on hand to help with your enquiries,centre is open daily from 8am to 5pm November - April and 9am to 4pm May - October.
Inside the visitor centre is a Park Shop, which sells a range of products including park passes, postcards, posters, film, clothing, and an extensive range of natural history books. Many of the products are exclusive to the Park Shop having a special Freycinet logo embroidered or printed on them.
Day visitor facilities
Electric barbecues, picnic tables, water and toilets are located at Honeymoon Bay and Ranger Creek.
Refuse disposal/collection and recycling
Please help by pre-sorting your rubbish before placing it in rubbish boxes and bins provided near the powered campsites. We recycle glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and PET soft drink bottles. Please do not leave any rubbish where it will be accessible to wildlife.
Freycinet is a fuel stove preferred area as it is very dry and vulnerable to fire. No fires are allowed in the national park. Gas and fuel stoves may be used at all campsites except on days of Total Fire Ban. On days of Total Fire Ban, no naked flames of any sort, including gas and fuel stoves are allowed in the open. The electric barbecues provided at Ranger Creek and Honeymoon Bay picnic areas can be used for cooking on these days.
Taps are located: along the sand dune access road; at the Honeymoon Bay picnic; and on power poles at the powered campsites.
This is located just behind the Visitors Reception Centre and the entrance is sign posted off the main road. The nearest car parking area is the overflow carpark behind the visitors centre or at Ranger Creek, 200 metres away. The theatre is used for film and slide shows, for entertainment and as an activity meeting place during the summer period.
The theatre is available throughout the year for schools and other groups. Contact the Visitor Centre for further details.
Freycinet National Park offers visitors a range of wonderful opportunities to enjoy spectacular coastal scenery, colourful wildflowers and a variety of Tasmania's animal life
The 6.4 kilometre sealed road to Cape Tourville leaves from the main road just after the Freycinet Lodge. From the carpark, take the short, boardwalked track around the cliffline to the lighthouse. Along this fenced track are sweeping views along the coast.
The Friendly Beaches
Spectacular views and miles of unspoiled white sand beaches are the main features of The Friendly Beaches, which were added to the national park in 1992. The beaches can be reached via a signposted turnoff on the Coles Bay Road. We are upgrading facilities, which at present are only basic. Gravel roads lead to car parks overlooking the beaches at a couple of points. Some information signs point out interesting features and foot tracks lead to the beaches. Basic camping is permitted at Isaacs Point and Ridge Camp, though there is no fresh water. Isaacs Point also has pit toilets.
Ranger led activities
During summer, rangers offer a variety of activities such as walks, talks and slide shows for both adults and children. Besides being lots of fun these are a great way to learn about our national parks, wildlife and heritage.
Sleepy Bay is a great place for snorkelling and diving, while Honeymoon Bay is a good sheltered area suitable for beginners. Spectacular rockpools occur at both of these locations, as well as at Ranger Creek, and are well worth a look. Please don't disturb the sea creatures as they are fragile.
Pyengana TAS 7001
Best day trip:Pyengana Cheese Factory, Pub in the paddock, St. Columba Falls & The Shop in the Bush
Pyengana Cheese Factory / The Pub in the Paddock / St Columba Falls
20 minutes drive north of St Helens are the dairy plains of Pyengana and the home of ‘the trifecta’ ….1) The Holy Cow Café and Cheese Factory, 2) The Pub in the Paddock and 3) St Columba Falls...& 4.) The Shop in the Bush
The Holy Cow Café is great stopover, it’s part of the cheese factory and open everyday for coffee/snacks/lunches. Outside there are tables and chairs to eat and take in the views over the dairy country, on a sunny day stunning.,.. in fact any day it is! They also offer cheese tastings - their artisan cheeses are much lauded and worth the asking price! Try the handmade Tasmanian flavoured ice-creams. The cafe is open 7 days a week from 9am–5pm (10am–4pm during Winter). http://pyenganadairy.com.au/cafe/
400mtrs from the cheese factory is the famous Pub in the Paddock, step back in time for old school counter meals. Buy a stubbie, take it out to the pig-sty next to the car park, and give it to the resident beer swilling pig (she prefers Boags Draught!) and has been of drinking age for over 15 years, she’ll drink all-comers ‘under the fence!’ http://www.pubinthepaddock.com.au/home
St Columba Falls is 5km further on and really is a worthwhile walk - an easy 600m walk to the waterfall through a really nice snapshot of Tasmanian rainforest – taste the purest of pure water from the stream on the way in..….infinitely better than the bought stuff!
Also, halfway between St Helens and Pyengana is The Shop In The Bush, a worthwhile stop to peruse an array of quality collectables, specializing in aged books, old jewellery and quality glassware - and have a warm by their open log fire ….if you ever desire an open fire in your life, this is the one you want!
Four Mile Creek, Tasmania, Australia
Unspoiled beaches, there are many. Falmouth Beach and Lagoon is great at low tide - Scamander Beach is huge and easy to access - Four Mile Creek Beach perhaps the pick for a 3km beach walk. Further south Little Beach and Chain of Lagoons Beach are
St Marys, Tasmania, Australia
Climbing St. Patrick's Head lookout
Spectacular views await the adventurous hiker - an hour long walk with the last 10 minutes a rocky scramble to the top. The 360 degree views are breathtaking - to the north The Bay of Fires and Eddystone Lighthouse - south the vista extends to the Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island.
St Marys, Tasmania, Australia
Short Walk to South Sister's Lookout
A 10 minute drive from St Marys is a short 10 minute walk up to the South Sisters Lookout - used as a Forestry Fire Observation Lookout in the Summer months the views extend west along the Fingal Valley and the wide expanses east to the coast. A popular and easy vantage point for visitors to see a birdseye snapshot of the mid-East Coast.
Scamander, Tasmania, Australia
Short Bush walk through the Winifried Curtis Reserve
A short walk (1hr) amongst coastal shrub vegetation - see native orchids and birdlife that are endemic to the Scamander area. A pleasant little bush walk that is easy and enlightening.
36 Frank Street, Falmouth, Tasmania, Australia
East Coast Tasmania Attractions
EAST COAST ADVENTURES & Wineries
- FREYCINET AIR - Scenic flights www.freycinetair.com.au
- FREYCINET ADVENTURES - Sea Kayaking tourswww.freycinetadventures.com.au
- ALL 4 ADVENTURE - Quad bike tourswww.all4adventure.com.au
- NATURE WORLD - Wildlife park www.natureworld.com.au
- COASTAL STYLE - Fashion and Homewares, 69 Burgess St, Bicheno
- SPRING VALE - Vineyard, Cranbrook www.springvalewines.com
- MILTON - Vineyard, Cranbrook www.miltonvineyard.com.au
- GALA ESTATE - Vineyard, Cranbrook www.galaestate.com.au
- DEVILS CORNER - Vineyard, Apslawn www.brownbrothers.com.au
- PONDERING FROG - Icecreamery www.ponderingfrog.com.au
- FREYCINET MARINE FARM - Fresh cooked Seafood www.freycinetmarinefarm.com
70 Burgess St, Bicheno TAS 7215
Bicheno Penguin Tours
Bicheno Penguin Tours
Operates 7 days a week except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Tours begin at dusk. See the Seasonal Calendar page for expected penguin numbers.
Our office is centrally located in Bicheno on the main road. Tours are conducted on private property and cannot be accessed by the public.
You can expect to get very close to a penguin. Wear very warm clothing in winter and covered footwear – Penguins bite toes! Strictly no cameras permitted on tour
A penguin tour is the best way to see penguins up close and safely without disturbing them, or hurting yourself! The penguins are accustomed to our tour and lights, but loud noises and camera flashes will scare them away.
To book by phone or fax you will need a credit card, or, use a travel agent or Tasmania Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively, you can submit and online booking request