Phillip Young's Mercury Article–Tasmania Travel 23 July 2019

Tasmania travel: The charms of Freycinet Peninsula ... in winter


July 23, 2019 1:13pm

It’s the shortest day of the year in Tassie and we are in the middle of a feeding frenzy. It’s a feast of sorts, but we are nowhere near the Hobart waterfront or Dark Mofo.

We are on a boat just outside Schouten Passage near the southern end of the Freycinet Peninsula and the air is filled with seabirds.

Shy albatross soar off the Freycinet Peninsula. Picture: THOMAS YOUNG

Shy albatross soar off the Freycinet Peninsula. Picture: THOMAS YOUNG

Kerry and Kim have a passion for wildlife, and their vast knowledge of the coastline is clear in the casual commentary.

The boat easily accommodates our mix of two families, with a comfortable covered-in cabin to retreat into from the elements and an awning over the rear deck area. It’s a purpose-built vessel, modern and clean, with on-board tea and coffee and a small toilet if required.


Airlines fly daily into Hobart and Launceston. Coles Bay, on the Freycinet Peninsula, is about two hours driving time from both cities.


There are a range of short-stay accommodation options in Coles Bay. Try Forest Edge for brilliant holiday retreat accommodating up to eight people. The home includes a large living area, freestanding wood heater, big modern kitchen, BBQ facilities and an expansive deck overlooking Freycinet National Park. From $240 a night.


Freycinet Charters takes private family and small group bookings for up to 10 passengers. A three-hour Schouten Island cruise costs $750. Other package deals are available.

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