Just two-and-a-half hours north of Hobart is the Freycinet Peninsula, covered by the beautiful Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay and other superb beaches, wildlife and wildflowers. At its entrance is Coles Bay and the superb 300 metre high pink granite outcrops.
Freycinet has been a National Park since 1918 and supports a wide range of Tasmania's marsupials, mammals and birds. Some are common, some not widely seen. Look for hooded plovers, terns, oyster catchers, wallabies and possums, wombats and sugar gliders.
The first sight of it comes as a wonderful surprise curved white beaches fringing aqua blue water, topped by the towering granite. It all looks rather tropical until you recall you are almost at the southern end of the globe!
So clear are the waters you can see shells five metres below and at night the skies are ablaze with more stars than you knew existed.
If it all sounds appealing but 'roughing it' isn't quite your thing, Getaway has some wonderful news for you.
The Freycinet Escape is Tasmania's first luxury wilderness camp. It brings a new level of service, style and luxury to wilderness camping and now everyone can enjoy this jewel. From your queen bed, made up with crisp white linen, you hear the surf coming and going and perhaps even the sound of nocturnal animals in search of food.
A three day/two night eco experience is a wonderful combination of wilderness camping, short walks and activities. It gives great balance between individual and group activities and guests are encouraged to do as much or as little as they wish.
You are met in Hobart at 8am and taken to Coles Bay, gateway to the Freycinet National Park. There you board your vessel for the trip along the granite coastline. At Bryans Beach your purpose-built wilderness camp awaits. You can walk, swim or just put your feet up as your chef and hosts tend to your needs and prepare the most delicious meals served in one of the world's most beautiful settings.
The region has a climate similar to that of the south of France and it produces some of Tasmania's best wines which accompany locally harvested seafood. All dietary requirements are catered for.
Wake on day two to the smell of brewing coffee and the soft light of a Freycinet morning. A good breakfast eases you into the day as you choose your activities. Swim, walk, kayak, snorkel, explore the shoreline all of them or nothing at all. The choice is yours. At sunset, enjoy local wines and fine cheeses before another delightful dining experience.
After a late breakfast on day three you reboard the vessel for the journey back. There is the en route option of walking to Wineglass Bay, a place of rare beauty. The walk takes around three hours and has some marvellous lookouts.