Experience the rocky coastline that Tasmania is known for with rugged cliff edges, large grey boulders and stone mountains towering from the ground.

The Cape Tourville Lighthouse is on the eastern side of Tasmania in the Freycinet National Park where you’ll have the chance to spot wildlife, breathe in the fresh air and see unspoiled views on the short 600 metre walking loop.

It’s best to head up here early in the morning and watch the sun rising from east at the Cape Tourville lookout, which is just a short distance from the car park on the walking trail. You’ll be able to see the nuggets and over to the famous Wineglass Bay.

The Cape Tourville Circuit is a great short walk that lets you stretch your legs and get a great feel for the area. If you have some binoculars or a large zoom lens on your camera, be sure to bring it along as there are plenty of sea-eagles and other coastal birds with the chance of spotting some Dolphins, or at the right time of the year, a whale or two.

freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park

Trail details


This is an easy stroll that loops around the Cape Tourville Lighthouse. The path is well maintained and accessible to all, including adventurous Wheelchairers.


600 metres


There’s little elevation on the walk around the Cape Tourville Lighthouse. The car park is 90 metres above sea level and the lowest point on the walk is 57 metres.


There’s a carpark with plenty or room, although you’ll need to head back to Coles Bay for ammenities.

Closest place to buy food & drinks

Coles Bay, which is a 20 minute drive back the way you came from.

Dog Friendly

As Cape Tourville is in a national park, no dogs are allowed.

Getting to the Cape Tourville car park

Once you turn onto Coles Bay Road and enter the Freycinet National Park from the Tasman Highway, keep following the road through Coles Bay. The road eventually turns into Freycinet Drive. Turn left at Cape Tourville Road, which is quite windy with plenty of wildlife, so you’ll need to be careful and take it nice and slow.

Follow Cape Tourville Road to the end where you’ll find the car park. The walking trail starts on the south-east side of the car park.

Cape Tourville Lighthouse

If the Cape Tourville Circuit leaves you wanting to get out and explore more of the area by foot, try heading to the Wineglass Bay lookout walk, which is still quite a short walk but much tougher than this one.