Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Peninsula is a large peninsula in eastern Tasmania
Tasmania is an Australian island and state. It is south of the continent, separated by Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania—the 26th largest island in the world—and the surrounding islands. The state has a population of 507,626 , of whom almost half reside in the greater Hobart...

, Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

. It is located north of Schouten Island
Schouten Island
Schouten Island is a 28 km2 island in eastern Tasmania, Australia. It lies 1.6 kilometres south of Freycinet Peninsula and is a part of Freycinet National Park.-History:...

, at 42.21°S 148.3052778°E. It is the site of Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet is a national park on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia, 125 km northeast of Hobart. It occupies a large part of the Freycinet Peninsula, named after French navigator Louis de Freycinet, and Schouten Island....


Also on the peninsula is the small village of Coles Bay
Coles Bay, Tasmania
Coles Bay, the hub of Tourism on Tasmania's east coast, is an Australian town on the east Coast of Tasmania located 192 km north east of Hobart and 209 km south east of Launceston, being the main entrance point for visitors to the Freycinet National Park...

, Wineglass Bay, Honeymoon Bay
Honeymoon Bay (Tasmania)
Honeymoon Bay is located on the Freycinet Peninsula of Tasmania. It is a popular destination for picnics, birdwatching and snorkeling....

 and the Friendly Beaches Reserve
Friendly Beaches Reserve
Friendly Beaches Reserve is a 140 ha coastal nature reserve in eastern Tasmania, Australia, 190 km north-east of Hobart and 180 km south-east of Launceston. It is located on the north-east side of the Freycinet Peninsula, bordering the Freycinet National Park...


Early history

Nicholas Baudin named the peninsula after French
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 explorer Louis de Freycinet
Louis de Freycinet
Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet was a French navigator. He circumnavigated the earth, and was one of the first to produce a comprehensive map of the coastline of Australia.-Biography:...

. Baudin also named Cape Baudin, Cape Faure, Cape Forestier and Thouin Bay, although that Bay is now known as Wineglass Bay.

Further reading

  • Blakers, Rob (2004) Freycinet: Freycinet National Park, Tasmania (text Jamie Kirkpatrick) Cascades, Tas. : Wilderness Photo,ISBN 0957974418 (Library catalogue comment ( Freycinet National park was one of the first national parks in Tasmania and the world.))
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