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The draft Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan was released in 2018.

Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s premier tourism hotspots and the Parks and Wildlife Service has been working with key stakeholders to develop a high quality environmentally, economically and socially sustainable Freycinet visitor experience for the next 20 years.

The Draft Freycinet Master Plan (download as PDF [27MB]) aims to protect and manage the values that make the Freycinet Peninsula special while ensuring it can continue to play an important part in the Tasmanian tourism industry and remain a world-class visitor destination.


Executive Summary
The jewel in the crown of Tasmania’s East Coast: The Freycinet Peninsula is a unique and special place.

A rich and complex environment formed by significant natural values, spectacular and grand landscapes and a long cultural history extending from Aboriginal occupation, European discovery and modern day settlement. It is no wonder it is both an important place for Tasmanians and one of the major destinations for visitors to the state.

The master plan is a key tool for the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and industry to achieve the objectives of the government’s Tasmania Visitor Economy Strategy 2015-2020.

Approximately 300,000 visitors to the state arrive at the Freycinet Peninsula per year, hoping to experience what makes the place so special. The Wineglass Bay lookout and track within the Freycinet National Park is the major attraction, giving visitors an opportunity to experience what Tasmania does best: its natural environment. Visitors ascend through the Hazards on the Wineglass Bay track, in a journey to glimpse the wildness of Tasmania.

Tasmania as a visitor destination has emerged on a global scale and the past few years have seen unprecedented growth. No other place in Tasmania demonstrates this more than the Freycinet Peninsula. The peninsula has seen an increase in visitor numbers exceeding 9 percent per annum for the last 5 years.

The tourism industry in Tasmania is economically and socially important. It directly and indirectly contributes to over 10 percent of the Gross State Product and about 7.2 percent of total employment. On the East Coast of Tasmania, the tourism industry has an even greater impact providing up to 19 percent of employment in the municipal area where the Freycinet Peninsula is located.

There are challenges that this growth brings, particularly given its complex range of environmental, cultural and social values. Where the sensitive and fragile environments are juxtaposed with local settlements and valued recreational opportunities. Concerns are emerging from locals and industry about the future impacts of ongoing growth in visitor numbers. Both on the values of the Freycinet Peninsula and the Tasmanian brand. The provision of visitor services and support infrastructure has not remained commensurate with its role as a key visitor destination in Tasmania.

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