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Innovative interpretation signs at Cape Tourville in Freycinet National Park will give visitors an insight into the values and history of the park, including background about the French naval hero after whom the cape is named.

Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Region manager Chris Colley said the new signs add value to what is one of Tasmania's great coastal walks.

"Freycinet is Tasmania's most visited national park and Wineglass Bay's international reputation is a powerful drawcard for visitors, however the Cape Tourville walk provides stunning coastal views," Mr Colley said.

"It's one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks and as it's only a 20-minute circuit is suitable for all ages and some wheelchair users."

Mr Colley said the additional information is designed to help visitors gain a better understanding of the beautiful coastal landscape they are viewing.

"We've already received very positive feedback from visitors and tour operators about how the signs add to the experience.

"The walk offers great opportunities for visitors to view marine life including whales, along with many sea birds. People are able to get a first-hand appreciation of the sheer size of whales from labels placed on the boardwalk that detail the length of various whales, for example that the blue whale grows up to 33 metres in length.

"There is detailed information about species people may see and a log book is provided for them to record sightings. This information will be then provided to marine conservation scientists in the Department of Primary Industry and Water."

The signs contain information about Freycinet's wildlife, including its prolific lizards, coastal vegetation and geology.

For the history buffs, the sign on the Cape Tourville Lighthouse presents some fascinating information about Admiral Tourville, for whom the cape is named.

It reads: Anne Hilarion de Costentin, comte de Tourville was a French naval commander who served under King Louis XIV. He fought his first battle at the age of 17 as a Knight of Malta. At 25, he joined the French Royal Navy, embarking on a long and illustrious career responsible for the capturing or sinking of numerous ships in more than six different naval battles. Admiral Tourville died in Paris at the age of 59, regarded as a national hero.