From hidden beaches to chilli mussels – Luke Tscharke's magical trip around the Freycinet Peninsula uncovered some of Australia's best-kept coastal secrets.
Tasmania might not be the first place you would think of for a coastal trip, but after our recent adventures there I would say you might want to bump it up your list.
We planned a road trip around a few of Tasmania’s highlights, of which the Freycinet Peninsula is definitely one. Our first evening in the area was spent on a sun-kissed deck at the Freycinet Lodge. The lodge sits tucked into a bay on the approach into the national park. It is a bright airy building with lofty ceilings and the sun pours into the bar and dining area downstairs, which opens out onto a generous wooden deck.
The view of the bay below was incredible. A jetty juts out into the crisp, clear water with The Hazards to the left. We were even treated to a spectacular sunset and a fairy penguin gliding around in the bay below as we sipped our wine. Once the sun had set we enjoyed a fantastic dinner.
The Freycinet Peninsula is mostly national park, barricaded off from the rest of Tasmania by The Hazards – a row of striking, tall pink granite domes that seem to change colour a little depending on the time of day.
Early on our first full day in the area we went up in the air for a scenic flight with Freycinet Air. The view quite literally took my breath away.
We circled around the peninsula admiring the picturesque cliffs, rolling mountains, sapphire water and of course the perfect crescent of Wineglass Bay all guarded by The Hazards and warmed by the morning sun.
After our flight we headed off to investigate the nearby Friendly Beaches. We found long stretches of white sand, sparkling turquoise water and what feels like untouched bushland. Taking a quick dip in the surf with almost no one else around made it easy to feel like I’d left the world behind.
Since we were feeling a little hungry after our swim we stopped off at the Freycinet Marine Farm on the way back to town. Much to my delight we found oysters Kilpatrick or natural, chili mussels or scallops and an enjoyable glass of Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
Our third day in Freycinet was the highlight for me. We started at Sleepy Bay to photograph the sunrise, where we found secret coves and climbed over boulders to explore what the view was like just around that next corner.
After Sleepy Bay we tackled the walk to Wineglass Bay, and after what I saw on the flight I was pretty keen for a swim in that azure water.
The white sand under perfectly clear sparkling water and mountains rising beyond the bay made it feel like a tropical paradise.
We walked the length of the beach to make sure we explored every bit of it.
It was quite a way to round off an unforgettable Easter break.