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The Freycinet Peninsula.
The Freycinet Peninsula.
David takes to abseiling.
David gets the hang of it.

Abseiling Freycinet

Thursday, September 28, 2000
Have you always wanted the thrill of abseiling while enjoying some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia? Look no further than Tasmanian Cliffhangers.

Alison Brammall and Simon Stubbs have had great success with their businesses, Coastal Kayaks Adventure and Tasmanian Cliffhangers. Now they have combined them to form Freycinet Adventures.

Brammall and Stubbs are achieving two things: giving people the thrill of abseiling while they enjoy some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia. What they are aiming for is best summed up in their advertisement.

"Imagine ... you have just lowered yourself over the edge of a sheer granite cliff. All that keeps you suspended above the rock slab below is a rope you think looks far too thin… As the initial fear and adrenaline recede, you begin to relax and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you... Below, the kelp swirls lazily in the gentle ocean swell, a sea eagle soars majestically overhead and the sun glistens on colour-streaked cliffs that are over 350 million years old."

You don’t need previous experience to abseil. Anyone in good health can enjoy the challenge and professional guides will help you down if need be.

First stop is one of Freycinet’s most spectacular areas, White Water Wall. You will get familiarised on a 15m gently-sloping cliff face, then progress to the more challenging 30m cliff, right on the water’s edge.

Once you’ve mastered that, it’s on to the climax: a 45m cliff with an overhang that provides a superb perspective of the surrounding panorama.


Coles Bay is on the Freycinet Peninsula, about two hours north east of Hobart.


A half-day costs $75 and includes abseiling, safety equipment and morning tea. Freycinet Adventures operate year round.

More information

Freycinet Adventures
Ph: (03) 6257 0500
Fax: (03) 6257 0447

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