Freycinet Peninsula, Australia
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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.
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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.