Freycinet & Wineglass Bay
Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay – Seascapes and Mountains
Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay are in a truly spectacular part of Tasmania. Seascapes set against the backdrop of “The Hazards,” with red and pink granite mountains that dominate the setting.
Many walking trails, from simple two-hour round trip walks to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, to the longer walk to Cape Degerando at the Southern tip of the peninsula are available.
Advice on the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Park are available from the excellent Interpretation Centre at Freycinet Lodge in Coles Bay, or at the entrance to the National Park itself.
Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park
The road ends at the parking lot for the National Park, and the only access to Wineglass Bay itself is on foot or by boat. Wineglass Bay is pristine because it takes effort to get there and there are no casual passers-by.
It is well worth the time and effort to visit if you are looking for the “real, natural” Tasmania. Climbing the hills and walking on the coast is a real experience – there are very few sounds but nature, and the clarity of the water will astound you.
Walking to Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park
Taking the walk to Wineglass Bay, The Saddle and Hazards Beach includes some lovely beach scenery and also traverses the rugged high points on the Peninsula.
If you do not wish to make a long day of it, just walk as far as Wineglass Bay and then cut west across the isthmus and follow the track back to the entrance of the National Park.
The track across the isthmus is at the northern end of the beach, so you might want to walk along the beach and back before returning.
Stop at the carpark near Freycinet Lodge and obtain your National Park Pass if you do not already have a Multi-Day Tasmanian National Parks Pass.
Then drive about 4 kilometres (3 miles) to the Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk carpark and follow the well defined track to the Wineglass Bay Lookout.
The track crosses a saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson at an elevation of approximately 200 metres (600 feet) and provides an opportunity for looking out over Wineglass Bay.
You can take the track down from the saddle to Wineglass Bay beach itself and then walk south to the end of the beach where the track will then turn inland and climb up Quartzite Ridge.
The track, like most in this Park, is well defined. If you are making the shorter trip, walk back along the beach and then cut across the isthmus.
After about 2 hours and quite a deal of climbing, the track swings southwest gradually as it approaches the high points of the Peninsula.
The actual summit of Mt Graham is reached by a short trail running 60 metres west off the main track.
After the Mt Graham summit diversion, follow the track down a fairly steep descent to a saddle between Mt Graham and Mt Freycinet.
You will then follow along the eastern slopes of Mt Freycinet to the saddle, before the track turns to the right and heads fairly steeply downhill to Cook’s Beach.
If desired, take the hour or so to walk along Cook’s Beach, or just turn right and follow the track northwards along the coast towards Hazard’s Beach.
After walking the length of Hazard’s Beach, divert to the Lamana Lookout at the northern end and then follow the track along the coastline and back to the parking lot at the entrance to the park itself.
If doing the full day, it is a 6 to 7 hour walk and it would be wise to make sure you have a substantial lunch and sufficient water for a day’s walking with you.
The shorter version of the walk should take about 3 hours.
Great Walks of Australia: 4 Day Freycinet Experience Walk
If you are the active type, and want a quality walking experience, the 4-Day Freycinet Experience Walk is a great way to combine bushwalking, incredible scenery and local guiding.
Spend each evening at one of the quality Friendly Beaches Lodges with a maximum of 10 guests. Visit Schouten Island, Mt Graham, Winegalss Bay, Bluestone Bay, the Friendly Beaches and Saltwater Lagoon.
More Information: > Great Walks of Australia: 4-Day Freycinet Experience Walk
Hotels and Accommodation – Freycinet National Park
Since Coles Bay and Freycinet are major visitor holiday areas for Tasmanians, and visitor numbers can be high, it is always wise to book your accommodation ahead of arrival.
Map of Freycinet: > Map of Freycinet Peninsula
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More Information on Freycinet: > Freycinet National Park – Wikipedia