The national park covers 17,000 hectares and was established in 1916 and is the earliest in Tasmania.
Due to the beauty of the landscape and its beaches, the park has been known as a holiday destination by the local people from the late 9th century forward.The park is covered by gum forests and pink and red blossoms in the heath closer to the coast. In spring, the park is awash with wildflowers including species of Tasmanian orchid. The park is accessible via road and then walking tracks to various features.
Wineglass Bay is known for its pristine beauty. Accessible from a walking track leading from a car park that takes you high up on the mountainside of The Hazards and to a lookout which gives you a spectacular view as shown here. After coming down from the lookout you can then take a connecting track down to the beach itself.
Accommodation is available at the small fishing village of Coles Bay near the entrance to the park and resorts in the general locale. There are also several very popular camping areas available within the park itself, with sites allocated on a ballot system. See the Parks Tasmania website for details.
The view of Schouten Island from the top of Mount Freycinet.
While farming was attempted on the island in the 1800s, it currently is uninhabited and a rugged sanctuary for wildlife both on the island and surrounding seas. Currently the only access to the island is by private boat. While the island can be used for camping, diving and kayaking there are no facilities available so trips should be well planned and prepared.