Freycinet Peninsula, Australia
Areas in Freycinet Peninsula
When to go
Unlike many places on mainland Australia (beautiful one day, perfect the next) , Tasmania has four distinct seasons. This means the crowds arrive with the summer sun (December–February), but leave the island to its own devices through winter (June-August). Freycinet in particular is a summer destination, when the ocean is warm(ish) and the weather predictable: locals and tour buses arrive on holiday. If you want to beat the the crowds but enjoy reasonable climes, aim for November or March.
PlanesThe closest airport to Freycinet Peninsula is Hobart International (www.hobartairport.com.au), although it's not a lot further from Launceston Airport (www.launcestonairport.com.au) if you prefer to arrive from the north. Both airports are serviced by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue domestic flights from other Australian capitals, including Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
AutomobilesBecause of the relatively long distances and seclusion of the region, driving your own wheels is the way to go. From Hobart it's almost 200 kilometres to Freycinet Peninsula, passing the east coast's turquoise bays and holiday hamlets. Almost equidistant, but from the north and on a much more winding road tracking through forests, undulating dairy country and mountain passes, is the journey from Launceston. The major hire-car companies have desks at both airports.
TaxisFreycinet Peninsula is a long drive from either Hobart or Launceston, and it is unlikely any taxi service will be willing to make the trip (try Taxi Combined Services, +61 (0)3 132 227, if you really must). Within the region, East Coast Taxis (+61 (0)3 6376 2999) operates out of St Helens.
Leave the cultured crowds behind for the native wildlife of the Freycinet Peninsula (pronounced Fray-sin-aye), which rises from Tasmania's low east-coast hills like the arching spine of a whale. This is the go-to destination for pristine shores, crowd-free trekking and seafood to savour. Make camp at Saffire, a jaw-dropping, stingray-shaped sanctuary that embraces the landscape and encourages you to chill out in style. The spacious suites make the most of the cobalt blue sea views, and just try to resist the seductive spa. It will be tough to pull yourself away from your private balcony, but do wander this rich landscape on Mr & Mrs Smith-arranged explorations. Discover deserted islands (have your camera ready for fur seal, albatross, penguin, dolphin and whale sightings), wild brush lands and secluded beaches on a signature Schouten Island experience. Venture out on a nocturnal wildlife safari in the woods followed by star-spotting as you cosy up by the campfire. If only all days could end that way…