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REOPENING

We’re delighted to announce the reopening of Freycinet Resort from 01 December.

We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests travelling in Regional Tasmania during this time.

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Visiting Tasmania in Winter

Tasmania’s winter officially lasts from June until August. Asevery local knows, it’s possible to see snow on higher ground as early as April or as late as October; but on the Freycinet Peninsula that’s a rare occurrence. Coles Bay tends to be a couple of degrees warmer than elsewhere in the state and in factthe east coast is sometimes referred to as the ‘sun coast’ because of its temperate climate.

As long as you come well prepared – make sure you pack plenty of cosy clothes, sturdy walking shoes, and perhaps a multipack of handwarmers – winter is a delightful time of year in the island state. There’s no better time to explore the deserted beaches, wilderness walking trails, and beautiful National Parks along Tasmania’s east coast.

Reconnecting with nature during Tasmania’s winter

The Freycinet Peninsula is transformed in winter. Gone are the crowds who are drawn to the sand and surf every summer. Instead, it’s just you, the crisp blue skies, and the wildlife. What an opportunity to relax and recharge.

Without even leaving Freycinet Resort, there are long walks to be enjoyed along the forested slopes of Mount Paul. Let the abundant sounds of birdsong fill your ears as you follow the private walking trails, and keep an eye out for our resident wallabies grazing in the bush. 

If you’re keen to get out and explore, Freycinet National Park is right on our doorstep. A short drive will take you to Coles Bay, and from here you can start the world-famous Wineglass Bay walk. The unique granite formations of the Hazard Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop, and while the translucent waters may be a little too chilly for swimming at this time of year, they’re still picture perfect. If you visit from early to mid-winter you might be lucky enough to spot a pod of whales as they make their annual migration up the east coast.

Slightly further afield, you might like to visit one or two of the state’s waterfalls. During the colder months there is more snowmelt from the mountains, which means even more spectacular falls. At 94 metres, St Columba Falls near Pyengana is one of the state’s tallest, and there’s a well-maintained walking track which makes it easy to reach. While the more remote wilderness tracks are best left to highly experienced walkers in winter, there are plenty of other short walk options across the island. Check out Tasmania Parks and Wildlife’s60 Great Short Walks for more suggestions, from twenty minutes strolls to two-hour treks.

Keeping warm in the Tasmanian winter

If you’re visiting Tasmania in winter, you’ll need to follow the example of the locals and embrace the chill. Of course, staying inside under the blankets is one option… but there’s so much to see and do that it’s better to come prepared and head out for an adventure.

One way to stay toasty is to dress for the weather. The ubiquitous black puffer jacket – also known as a Tasmanian tuxedo – is a must-have item. But it’s even more effective (not to mention fun!) to warm yourself up from the inside out, feasting on some of the best food, wine and spirits that the island has to offer.

Geographe Restaurant and Espresso Bar is one of the most popular spots in Coles Bay. As well as excellent coffee, they do a range of woodfired pizzas which you can sit and eat while enjoying spectacular views of the bay. Another option within Coles Bay itself is the Granite Freycinet Bakery Café, which is great for fresh bread and pastries.

Beyond Coles Bay, many of the east coast’s cellar doors and providores continue to open throughout the winter, although it’s worth checking the websites or giving them a quick call to confirmthe opening hours. Take your time on a road trip along the spectacular coastline, and stop in to pick up cold climate wines, award-winning cheeses, and fresh local seafood. One spot that’s not to be missed isMilton Vineyard, located between Swansea and Coles Bay. They have recently released their 2018 Pinot Noir, and you won’t find many winter warmers more delicious than that.

You can also find plenty of seasonal produce, along with home-baked treats and fresh-roasted Tasmanian coffee, at the local markets in Triabunna, Swansea and St Helens.

The best of Tasmania’s winter activities

One of the ways that Tasmanians like to keep busy during the long, dark winter is with a busy calendar of festivals­– and visitors from interstate or overseas are always made to feel welcome! Across the state, there are festivals to celebrate cider, whisky, art, singing… and even chocolate. The Discover Tasmania website has a calendar of events that is updated regularly.

Remember that when you’re driving around Tasmania you’re sharing the road with our unique native wildlife, so stay alert and take your time if you’re travelling to an event. We recommend that if its icy or wet you build some extra time into your journey.

If quieter winter experiences are more your thing, there are plenty of those on offer too. Perhaps you’d like to sit by an open fire pit with a mug of hot chocolate and the company of friends, or maybe you’ll tour the local shops and galleries to stock up on some indulgent gifts like soap, possum socks, or small-batch preserves.

The winter days are short in Tasmania. But rest assured that with our clean air and clear skies, the views can get even better when the sun goes down. There is a telescope in the communal lounge at FreycinetResort if you’d like to enjoy some stargazing without having to brave the cold.

The winter days are short in Tasmania. But rest assured that with our clean air and clear skies, the views can get even better when the sun goes down. There is a telescope in the communal lounge at FreycinetResort if you’d like to enjoy some stargazing without having to brave the cold.

***Due to ongoing COVID19 restrictions, please check local listings before planning your visit.

– Ruth Dawkins ( commissioned by Freycinet Resort)