Freycinet National Park Facts

Freycinet National Park Facts
Freycinet National Park is a 65.3 square mile national park located in Tasmania, Australia. Named after French navigator Louis de Freycinet, the park encompasses a large portion of Freycinet Peninsula. The park was founded in 1916, and is one of the two oldest parks in Tasmania along with Mount Field. Freycinet National Park contains bays, white sand beaches, and granite mountains. It is a popular spot for bird watchers, hikers, swimmers, or those wishing to spot wildlife. There are many places within the park considered to be of high cultural importance to Aboriginals and to Europeans. Many other parts are undisturbed by people, and there are sections threatened by human activity and tourism.
Interesting Freycinet National Park Facts:
There are a series of jagged granite formations called 'The Hazards' in Freycinet National Park, as well as pink and red granite formations.
Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park is ranked as one of the ten best beaches in the world.
The pink tint of the coastline and mountain is caused by pink feldspar called orthoclase. Devonian granite is the most common rock in the park, and white quartz and black micas can be found as well.
There are 49 species endemic to Freycinet National Park.
The Tasmanian devil was once very common in Freycinet National Park. The population has suffered because of devil facial tumor disease.
Endemic mammals commonly found in Freycinet National Park include Tasmanian bettongs, long-nosed potoroos, water rats, swamp rats, echidnas, wombats, eastern pygmy possums, New Holland mice, sugar gliders, brushtail possums, ringtail possums, and little pygmy possums.
Other mammals found in the park include the red necked wallaby, the eastern quoll, and the Tasmanian pademelon (extinct on the mainland).
Amphibians and reptiles found in Freycinet National Park include ocellated skinks, Tasmanian tree skinks, she-oak skinks, blotched blue tongued lizards, mountain dragons, lowland copperhead snakes, Tasmanian froglets, eastern froglets, southern toadlets, spotted grass frogs, growling grass frogs, and southern brown tree frogs.
Birds found in Freycinet National Park include white bellied sea eagles, brown falcons, superb fairy wrens, black browed albatrosses, shy albatrosses, Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles, Australian fairy terns, swift parrots, and flame robins.
Humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, and southern right whales can be found in Wineglass Bay, which they use for calving, feeding, or even just resting.
More than 800 orchid species have been found in Freycinet National Park, with more than 500 plants in total having been recorded.
Threats to Freycinet National Park include tourism and recreation, due to the construction of roads and accommodations as well as trails and lookouts. Traveling through the park has an impact on vegetation, including direct damage and disease transmission between soil types.
Visitors to Freycinet National Park can enjoy day trips, camping, scenic drives, ranger-led activities, overnight walks, swimming, boating, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
The temperatures in Freycinet National Park are very similar to those in France, receiving more than 300 sunny days each year.
Visitors to Freycinet National Park can stay in eco-retreats, simple campgrounds with tents, or luxurious retreats. Camping is done by ballot because it is so popular.


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