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Things to Do in Coles Bay

The small township of Coles Bay sits at the foot of the Hazards and serves as a stopping point for visitors to Freycinet National Park. Its permanent population is less than 200, but folks visit in large numbers to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, boating, sea kayaking and the life that comes with the more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

Dolphins are a common sight in Coles Bay, while nearby Wineglass Bay is a favorite among beach lovers and the cape Tourville Lighthouse is only a 15-minute drive away. An interesting tidbit: Coles Bay was the first town in the world to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.
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Freycinet National Park
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One of Tasmania’s most popular coastal holiday spots, Freycinet National Park is backed by the pink-tinged granite outcrops known as the Hazards.

Low-lying coastal heathland frames views of blue sea and sand throughout the park, with the Hazards looming large in the distance. Bushwalkers head here to follow coastal trails along the peninsula’s secluded coves, and the park is a popular holiday camping spot for families.

The park’s white-sand beaches are beautiful but top marks always go to perfectly formed Wineglass Bay, which often appears in travel top 10s as one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. It really does have a circular wineglass shape, fringed by white sand and untouched bushland.

Birdwatchers come to Freycinet to spot seabirds, and you might see cockatoos, wattlebirds and wallabies on the two-hour return walk to the lofty lookout over Wineglass Bay. It’s an often steep incline with steps, or you can follow the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk at Cape Tourville for less-exhausting but still stunning views of the bay.

Boating and fishing are other popular activities, along with rock climbing, sea-kayaking, swimming at the Friendly Beaches and snorkeling at Sleepy Bay and Honeymoon Bay.

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