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Freycinet National Park’s abundant birdlife includes the Australasian gannet and the threatened fairy tern. The Moulting Lagoon is a RAMSAR sanctuary, known for black swan and many migratory species.

Made up of two eroded blocks of granite joined by a sand isthmus, it sits amidst clear blue bays, bird rich lagoons and white beaches.  The park offers plenty of opportunity for walks - the whole length of the peninsula can be walked in two-three days, taking in remote beaches, such as Cook’s Beach and Bryan’s Beach. There are also several easier walks, including a visit to one of Tasmania’s most photographed views – from the lookout at Wineglass Bay. The less energetic can stroll to one of the many bays to swim or snorkel, and look for wildlife.

The pink peaks of the Hazards Range dominate the peninsula, gleaming brightly at sunrise and sunset, and affording wonderful views over Great Oyster Bay and the coastal village of Swansea. A cruise around the peninsula is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the pristine waters close up.

The nearby picturesque town of Bicheno is the best location to join an interpretative tour by night to watch the community of little penguins.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Tasmanian pademelon, Australasian gannet, white-bellied sea eagle, black swan, little penguin
  • Where: East Coast Tasmania, Australia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Tasmania’s Wilderness Coast

Join us on a wildlife cruise along the southern coast of Tasmania, visiting five national parks and two world heritage areas, as we explore the pristine landscapes and spectacular coastlines of this fascinating island in the hope of seeing its 12 species endemic birds and mammals.

  • When to go: Nov-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Coral Expeditions I & II

Coral Expeditions I & II are fully equipped for the ultimate expedition cruising experience in Australian coastal waters, and are the ideal choice for discovering the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia’s remarkable Kimberley region, Cape York, Arnhem Land and Tasmania.