Freycinet Peninsula

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Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island seen from space (false color).
Wineglass Bay: Mount Freycinet (right) and Mount Graham (left) are visible behind

Freycinet Peninsula is a large peninsula on the eastern coast of Tasmania.

It is located north of Schouten Island, at 42°12′36″S 148°18′19″E / 42.21°S 148.305278°E / -42.21; 148.305278. It is the site of Freycinet National Park.

The Hazards, From Hazards Beach, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia

Also on the peninsula is the village of Coles Bay, Wineglass Bay, Honeymoon Bay and the Friendly Beaches Reserve.

Early history[edit]

The first landing by Europeans was by Captain Weatherhead of the transport ship "Matilda" on 27th July 1791. Because of the narrow northern isthmus, he mistook it for an island. Nicholas Baudin named the peninsula after French explorer Louis de Freycinet (1779-1841). Baudin also named Cape Baudin, Cape Faure, Cape Forestier and Thouin Bay, although that Bay is now known as Wineglass Bay.[1] Tench, W. : "A complete account of the settlement at Port Jackson including an accurate description of the colony", London 1793 Chapter XV.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TASMAP - Freycinet National Park. DPIW. 

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