Huon, Freycinet and Bay of Fires

By April 20, 2019 June 13th, 2019 Australia, Travel Stories
Zara Henderson

A Taste of the Huon, Freycinet and Bay of Fires

This week I’ve handed the reigns to Zara again, this is her report on the beautiful eastern part of Tasmania.

30 minutes south of Hobart we based ourselves in Hounville on the edge of the Huon River. The Huon Valley is an area which is rapidly emerging as a wine and food destination. This is an area rich in fresh produce such as apples, pears, berries, salmon and beef.

It also is home to a cider industry that is absolutely booming. You can stop at many of the farm gates, roadside stalls and tasting rooms to purchase and sample all that it has to offer.

From here we explored Hobart to the north and to the south, the dolomite caves and thermal springs at Hastings before moving on to the Tasman Peninsula.

The Tasman peninsula is home to some of the most dramatic landscape in Tasmania. It is a geological wonder with striking rock formations such as Tasman’s Arch, the Blowhole and Devils kitchen. High rugged cliffs hug the coastline and we found sea caves to explore. We walked along the tessellated pavements and closely examined this natural rock formation that looks like man has cut and placed tiles.

The Tasman peninsula is also home to the world heritage listed Port Arthur Historic site. We spent the morning here learning about Australian colonial history. From Port Arthur we took the coastal drive up to the absolute highlight of our adventure, Freycinet National Park.  Driving towards Swansea you are greeted by scenery unrivalled by any other. The views across Oyster Bay of the Freycinet Peninsula and Hazards Ranges were nothing short of spectacular.

We explored the National Park from Coles Bay and spent days enjoying the turquoise waters backdropped by the granite peaks. The weather was perfect for the steep climb up the ranges to view the famous and perfectly curved Wineglass Bay below.

We walked, climbed and explored secluded bays throughout the days and watched the colourful sunsets and playful wildlife including seals and pademelons in the early evening. Freycinet is also where you can experience exclusive and premium seafoods. Worth a mention are the freshly harvested oysters that have come straight from the nearby Tasmanian waters.

Sadly, leaving behind this stunning place and gorgeous weather we headed to the top east coast and The Bay of Fires.  On arrival we found a little slice of coastal heaven. Pristine beaches with powder white sand, azure waters and huge granite boulders splashed with orange lichen. We were again left stunned at the beauty of this place and couldn’t wait to explore.