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Roaming Freycinet Peninsula for the Ultimate Tasmania Campervan Road Trip

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Tasmania, often referred to as the "Island of Inspiration," is a dream destination for road trip enthusiasts. With its pristine wilderness, rugged coastlines, and breathtaking landscapes, it's no wonder why travelers flock to this Australian gem. One of the must-visit destinations in Tasmania is the Freycinet Peninsula, a place of unparalleled natural beauty. In this blog post, we'll guide you on a journey to explore Freycinet by van, perfect for travelers seeking road trip adventures in Tasmania.

WineGlass Bay seen from a plane on a beautiful sunrise
WineGlass Bay - Credit: Jason Charles Hill

Planning Your Road Trip to Freycinet

Before you hit the road, thorough planning is essential. Consider factors such as the best time to visit, your budget, and the duration of your trip. Start by researching the weather conditions in Tasmania, as they can be quite unpredictable. Most road trips to Freycinet are best enjoyed from late spring to early autumn when the weather is mild.

This said, we've enjoyed a few winter gems this year with bright windless days so you need a bit of luck too. The beauty of coming over winter is that the road is yours and so is Freycinet along the other Tasmanian wonders on your way.

Freycinet National Park Highlights

Hiker at sunrise on Mount Amos
Credit: Ain Raadik

Freycinet National Park is the crown jewel of the Freycinet Peninsula. Nestled along the east coast of Tasmania, the Freycinet Peninsula is a captivating destination offering a diverse range of activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. At the heart of this pristine wilderness lies Wineglass Bay, an iconic landmark known for its breathtaking views and crystal-clear waters.

Hiking is a popular way to explore the area, with trails like the Hazards Circuit, Cape Tourville Circuit and the challenging Mount Amos offering stunning coastal vistas like on the right handside photo. The peninsula also offers opportunities for stargazing and camping, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

Wine enthusiasts can explore local wineries in the nearby Tamar Valley, while boat tours provide insights into Freycinet's geology, wildlife, and history. Friendly Beaches offer a tranquil escape for beachcombing, picnicking, and relaxation. For the ultimate adventure, the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit presents a multi-day hiking experience and the chance to camp in the wilderness. Freycinet Peninsula is a haven for those seeking both relaxation and adventure amidst Tasmania's pristine landscapes.

Wineglass Bay Cruise Boat navigating along the bay and close to the beach of Freycinet National Park
Credit: Tourism Australia

For those who prefer aquatic adventures, kayaking and paddleboarding along the coast provide a unique perspective on the peninsula's beauty. We offer these extras when booking one of our vans if you're interested. Wildlife enthusiasts will delight in spotting wallabies, wombats, and native birds while exploring the national park, especially during dawn and dusk. And no visit to Freycinet is complete without savoring the region's renowned seafood, including fresh oysters and delicious seafood platters.

Food and Supplies

Stock up on supplies in Hobart before hitting the road, there are a couple of local grocery shops in the nearby town of Coles Bay, however these tend to be a little pricier than elsewhere. You can also enjoy delicious seafood at local restaurants and food stalls along the way. But don't worry, we've done the hard work and spotted a few little gems along the way for you.

Seafood platter with nice wine at Devil's Corner
Credit: Lisa Kuilenburg
  • Melshell Oyster Shack

A visit to Melshell Oyster Shack is essential for oyster enthusiasts. Here, you can delve into the world of oyster farming while relishing the freshest oysters right at the farm. With waterfront seating and a welcoming team, your visit promises to be a memorable experience.

  • Devil's Corner Cellar Door

A renowned spot for wine enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike, this destination offers a unique experience. Set amidst a thoughtfully arranged assembly of timber-clad shipping containers, it invites you to unwind with a glass of wine in hand while treating your eyes to panoramic vistas of vineyards, the striking Freycinet Peninsula, and the serene Moulting Lagoon.

  • The Ice Creamery Coles Bay

Indulge in a selection of 24 Tasmanian-made ice cream flavors, relish the freshest fish and chips, and choose from an extensive array of both hot and cold beverages. All of this comes with the backdrop of sweeping panoramic views that encompass the majestic Hazards mountains of the Freycinet Peninsula.

Renting a Campervan

To embark on a van adventure, you'll need the perfect vehicle. Tasmania offers numerous rental options, including campervans and motorhomes. Make sure to book your van well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. Tasmania offers a variety of campervans and motorhomes to suit different budgets and travel preferences. These include:

  • Budget Campervans: Basic, no-frills campervans suitable for travelers on a tighter budget.

  • Mid-Range Campervans: Equipped with more amenities and comfort features, these are ideal for a comfortable road trip.

  • Luxury Motorhomes: For those seeking a high-end experience with all the modern amenities and conveniences.

"Our favorite campervan to explore Freycinet is lutruwita"

At Tasvanlife we focus on the latest category, offering you vans fully equipped and capable staying off grid for several days so you can immerse yourself fully into nature. lutruwita offers you all the modern comfort you could ever hope for when on the road. More generally, when renting a campervan, consider the features that matter most to you:

  • Sleeping Capacity: Campervans can typically accommodate 2 to 6 people, so choose one that suits the size of your travel group.

  • Kitchen Facilities: Some campervans come with a fully equipped kitchen, including a refrigerator, stove, and cooking utensils.

  • Bathroom Facilities: Larger motorhomes often have a private bathroom, while smaller campervans may have access to shared facilities.

  • Entertainment: Look for entertainment options such as a games, books or sporting equipment if that's important to you.

  • Size and Maneuverability: Consider the size of the campervan in relation to your comfort level with driving a larger vehicle.

A road trip adventure in a van through the stunning landscapes of Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula is a bucket-list experience for travelers seeking natural beauty and outdoor exploration. Plan your trip meticulously, immerse yourself in nature, and make unforgettable memories as you explore this pristine corner of Australia.

Remember, road trips are about the journey, so take your time to soak in the beauty of Freycinet and make the most of your van adventure in Tasmania. Happy travels!

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