We are spending 5 days in Coles bay - Freycinet national park - for annual holiday. Family with a 5yo. Will have a rental car. Pl suggest.
We are thinking to stay within and around the place we are staying for 2-3 days and make day trips to Bicheno, wineglass bay, bay of fire etc on other days. Could you recommend a better schedule or parts of it.
It depends where you are based. If you are in Swansea, then you have plenty of day walking through Freycinet, otherwise, I think you can hire a small boat for the day there and go out for a spot of fishing in the bay, plenty of flathead, and black back salmon there when in season... about 10 years ago
Spend at least 1 whole day exploring Freycinet, wineglass bay is a bit of a walk. Do this on the first day you can and tire your kid out and they might be quiet for car exploring on the following day ;)
Following day I would drive slowly up the coast to Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires. Have lunch in Swansea. Cute old town.
If you have good weather you can spend a day on the beaches in Freycinet.
I would also recommend seafood in Bicheno. See if you can find places that have speciality dishes like wakame(seaweed), oysters or abalone
You can go to the wildlife park just north of Bicheno
http://www.gsbc.tas.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=297 about 10 years ago
In Coles Bay, which is the start of Freycinet, you can hire kayaks etc or join a kayak tour with Freycinet Adventures.
This is a good start or end to a day of walking.
You can also take a sea cruise with Freycinet Sea Cruises and head out and around the peninsula to Wineglass Bay as a different option.
Are you flying into Launceston and out of Hobart or vice versa? Or in and out of the same city? The preference would be to create some itinerary ideas for you that do not make you backtrack. I know there is nothing worse that covering the same ground twice. Although the beauty of Tasmania is that nothing is ever too far away. about 10 years ago
I recommend that you consider doing a penguin tour at Bicheno during on evening- I did one last year and it was great and relatively inexpensive. Also, if you are into wine there are some great vineyards along the east coast that you can stop in at for tastings in between a few walks. If you are heading up to St Helens, check out the Douglas Apsley National Park as well! Enjoy! about 10 years ago
Thank you all for your suggestions. I have just come back from the trip to Tasmania Freycinet and it was fantastic. The weather was generally good. Tasmanian east coast is certainly one of the best places to go.
An addition is Mt Elephant further up Bicheno which has a great pancakes place - http://www.mountelephantpancakes.com.au/
Thanks again and I hope your suggestions will help other Travellr users in future. almost 11 years ago