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5
Moderate
Activities
  • 6 days kayaking
  • Day walks
Accommodation
  • 6 nights camping
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2550AUD

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Trip Code: FPK

Trip highlights


  • Kayaking to and exploring the inaccessible eastern coastline
  • Enjoying the delicious local food and wine
  • Hiking Mt Freycinet, the highest point on the peninsula
  • Camping in stunning beach locations

The Freycinet Peninsula, located on Tasmania’s east coast, is one of Australia’s most iconic national parks. The Freycinet Peninsula is a paddler’s dream with turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, orange boulders lining the shores and mountains of granite rising from the sea. The scenery is truly spectacular. The park boasts some 49 endemic Tasmanian species of animals including echidnas, wombats, wallabies and potoroos. The ocean is rich in marine life, including Australian Fur seals, dolphins and, on a seasonal basis, several species of whales. This trip includes paddling to Schouten Island, exploring the inaccessible eastern coastline and a hike to Mt Freycinet, the highest point on the Peninsula. Join us on this six day adventure as we paddle, hike and camp in one of Australia’s most amazing coastal environments.

Activities:

Itinerary

We start the trip with a morning pick up (around 8am) from your Hobart accommodation for the two and a half hour drive to Freycinet National Park. We pack the kayaks and prior to launching, your guides will run through a full kayak safety briefing. Today’s destination is Hazards Beach, a long beautiful beach that runs along Freycinet Peninsula’s west coast. We set up camp and enjoy our first night under the stars. Paddling distance approximately 11 kms.

Meals:  L,D

After a hearty breakfast prepared by the guides, we break camp, pack the kayaks and paddle to Cooks Beach campsite. The campsite is located at the southern end of the 1km-long Cooks Beach, set among dense coastal scrub and alive with birdlife. After setting up camp, we intend to hike to the summit of Mt Graham or Mt Freycinet (12-14 km return with some steep sections) to enjoy excellent views. The hike is optional and those who prefer not to participate are able to stay at the camp and enjoy some beach walking. Paddling distance is approximately 12-15 kms.

Meals:  B,L,D

An early start for the paddle across the Schouten passage to Schouten Island (before the winds get up for the day). After landing, we take a break before either paddling round the outside of the island or, if winds forbid, swapping paddles for hiking shoes to summit the 400m Schouten Island Bare Hill. Paddling distance is 11 kms.

Meals:  B,L,D

Weather permitting, we paddle the outside coast of the Freycinet Peninsula to Wineglass Bay, an opportunity to make a unique approach to an iconic and stunning location. Overnight Wineglass Bay. Paddling distance is approximately 18 kms.

Meals:  B,L,D

We set off early to paddle the northern section of the Freycinet Peninsula. We make a stop at Sleepy Bay before paddling to Friendly Beaches, our last campground for the trip. Paddling distance is 18 kms.

Meals:  B,L,D

We have a relaxing morning planned with a paddle and walk along the Friendly Beaches coastline. We’ll be picked up after lunch and shuttled back to Hobart, with a drop off at your Hobart accommodation at around 5-6pm. Paddling distance is 8 kms

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Professional kayaking guides
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, all snacks
  • National Park entry and camping fees
  • Tent, mat, sleeping bag and liner (notify us if you prefer to bring your own)
  • All cooking equipment including cups, plates and eating utensils
  • Toilet paper, toilet kit, antibacterial hand gel
  • Return transfers between Hobart city and the Freycinet National Park
  • Double or single expedition kayaks, paddles, pfd, spray skirts
  • Two 20L dry bags for your sleeping bag and clothes
  • Emergency communications and group first-aid kit
  • Waterproof paddling jacket, pogies (paddling mitted)

  • Travel to and from Hobart
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Accommodation


Suitability

Moderate

5

Our paddling will mostly take place in Great Oyster Bay, which is sheltered from the open ocean swell. However, we do hope to access the spectacular cliffs on the east coast of Freycinet Peninsula and to do so may require up to three hours in a kayak with the possibility of landing or launching in small waves. For the most part, the paddling is of moderate level and some previous kayaking experience is recommended. You do not need to be an expert kayaker or know how to roll, however, it is important to have a sound level of ftness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming. In general, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the paddling. It’s a good idea to begin some regular exercise like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming well before the trip. If you have not paddled before, consider organising some tuition before your trip.


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Notes

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Surcharge

Total Priceper person from

$2550AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement for departure accompanied by special guest Tim CopeAUD$150
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Freycinet Peninsula Kayak Expedition trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

Freycinet Peninsula has a cool, temperate climate dominated by the westerly flow of winds that blow across the Southern Ocean. November to April are the warmest months with air temperatures ranging from as low as 8°C to a comfortable 23°C, although fluctuations above and below these averages are common, often all in the space of a day! The ocean temperatures remain relatively stable over the course of the year, averaging between a refreshing 13-17°C from November to April. While rain can occur at any time of year, the summer months are typically dominated by a warm, dry northerly stream of air.

Our paddling will mostly take place in Great Oyster Bay, which is sheltered from the open ocean swell. However, we do hope to access the spectacular cliffs on the east coast of Freycinet Peninsula and to do so may require up to three hours in a kayak with the possibility of landing or launching in small waves. For the most part, the paddling is of moderate level and some previous kayaking experience is recommended. You do not need to be an expert kayaker or know how to roll, however, it is important to have a sound level of ftness and, most of all, a sense of adventure. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. We ask that all participants feel confident in swimming.

The kayaks used are Wilderness Systems Tsunami singles and Mission Eco Niizh doubles, all sit-in with rudder. The kayaks are stable, easy to paddle and control and suited for beginners to experts. On day one of the trip you will be given a thorough briefing on all aspects of sea kayaking techniques with ample time to practice and familiarise yourself with the kayaks.

Paddles used are Werner Skagit at 220cm length. All paddles are split for easy adjustment to suit your style.

Other equipment supplied include your pfd (life jacket), one 20 litre dry bag, a set of pogies (paddling mittens), cagoule (an over-the-head style jacket that has seals on the waist, wrist and neck offering protection from wind and rain).

The trip starts on day 1 with an early morning pick up from your hotel. You will need to arrive into Hobart the day before your trip starts.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.