206km (128 miles) NE of Hobart; 214km (133 miles) SW of Launceston
The Freycinet Peninsula hangs down off the eastern coast of Tasmania. It's a place of craggy pink-granite peaks, spectacular white beaches, wetlands, heathland, coastal dunes, and dry eucalyptus forests. You may spot sea eagles, wallabies, seals, pods of dolphins, and humpback and southern right whales during their migration to and from the warmer waters of northern New South Wales from May through August. The town of Coles Bay is the main staging post, and there are many bushwalks in the area. The Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve -- an important breeding ground for black swans and wild ducks -- is signposted along the highway into Coles Bay from Bicheno. Some 10,000 black swans inhabit the lake. Six kilometers (3 3/4 miles) outside town, and inside the national park, is the Cape Tourville Lighthouse, which allows extensive views along the coast and across the Tasman Sea. Wineglass Bay is simply spectacular and has made it onto lists of the world's top beaches.