Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet was a French adventurer and explorer who visited Tasmania in the early 1800s. The oldest national park in Tasmania, Freycinet National Park, was named after him and dedicated in 1916. Freycinet National Park is a wold-class vacation and adventure destination which features a wide variety of sights and activities. It is located near the small settlement town of Coles Bay, and the closest large town is Swansea.
Some of the reasons people love coming to Freycinet National Park include:
Flora and Fauna
The flora and fauna of Freycinet National Park is one of its primary attractions. Here you will encounter dozens of mammal species including the Echidna, Sugar Glider, Eastern Pygmy Possum, Little Pygmy Possum, and Ringtail Possum, and Wombat. The park is also home to a population of the world-famous Tasmanian Devil, but their numbers are in sharp decline due to Devil facial tumour disease.
The waters in and around the park are frequented by Southern Right and Humpback Whales, and even Bottle Nosed Dolphins.
There are dozens of bird species which live at Freycinet National Park. Birdwatchers may be lucky to spot such species as the Shy Albatross, Cape Petrel, Great Egret, Little Penguin, and Gray Teal.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Reptile species found in the park include White's Skink, the Tasmanian Blue tongue, the Metallic Skink, and the Copperhead Snake. Amphibians include the Tasmanian Froglet, and the Growling Grass Frog.
The park also is home to 49 species of flora which are endemic to Tasmania including the Oyster Bay Pine, the Tasmanian Blue Gum, and 43 species of Orchids.
"The Hazards" Mountain Range
"The Hazards" refers to a Tazmanian mountain range which crosses the park. Because the mountains contain orthoclase, a rock with a pink hue, the rugged mountains have brilliant reddish and pinkish hues. These mountains are a favorite for hikers and rock climbers.
Another great feature of Freycinet National Parkis is Wineglass Bay, a beach which has been voted one of the world's best 10 beaches by several experts. There are a number of activities you can do at the beach, including hiking, rock climbing, fishing, sea kayaking, surfing and wind surfing, and mountain biking.
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