Coles Bay

A Tassie Holiday Paradise

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Touring Coles Bay
Image thanks to: Pete Harmsen

Sunset at Coles Bay and its ever changing colours
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All4adventure Quad Bike Tours - A unique and fun way to see the stunning Freycinet National Park
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Saffire Signature Experiences: Dining at the Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm - Saffire Freycinet
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Friendly Beaches - part of Freycinet National Park. Fishing, swimming, beach walking and surfing are popular in this area.
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Wineglass Bay from Wineglass Bay Walking Track
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The Hazards - enjoy the surrounding views by kayaking the clear blue waters
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Richardsons Beach - with calm waters, crystal blue ocean and stunning scenery is a boating paradise

Coles Bay

Coles Bay is a popular holiday town on the east coast and is a gateway to the breathtakingly beautiful Freycinet National Park. The idyllic surroundings and the stunning coastal scenery of Great Oyster Bay and the pink-hued granite peaks of the Hazards mountains give this town a mesmerizing charm that is hard to beat.  Although the local population is quite small, a large number of tourists visit this area to vacation and get away from it all.

Getting There

Coles Bay is a 2.5-hr drive (192 km) from Hobart and a 2 hr 20-min drive (173 km) from Launceston.

Accommodation Offerings

Touring Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

A wide range of options are available in either Coles Bay itself or nearby Freycinet. Visitors can choose from world-class luxury to roughing it in the great outdoors at a campsite or caravan park. Campsites are available just inside the park boundary however it is best to research availability in advance to secure a spot due to the popularity. Image thanks to: Pete Harmsen – Touring in Coles Bay.

Activities and Things to Do and See

Visitors can choose to experience a relaxing beach getaway, or opt to engage in multi-day treks through Freycinet National Park.

Fishing in Coles Bay, Tasmania, AustraliaThe uncrowded beaches and clear waters offer the ideal location for swimming, boating, kayaking, sailing, and fishing. Tours are available to explore the area by water or air. Quad biking is another activity worth pursuing for those looking to stay active on land. Alternatively, spend an afternoon soaking in the serenity of the quiet, pristine beaches. Several local beach spots to consider are Richardson’s, Muirs, and the sweetly named Friendly Beaches.

Freycinet National Park is just a short drive away and can be enjoyed for just a few hours or several days. The 10,000 ha park is a wildlife haven, home to a plethora of wildlife and exotic orchids.

The walk to Wineglass Bay lookout is on the top of the list and must not be missed for those wishing to see some spectacular scenery. Many longer walks and treks are available to choose from with a variety of difficulty levels.

For those looking to indulge the senses, consider joining a wine and food tour and taste many of the gourmet products from the region. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Heath Holden – Fishing in Coles Bay.

What to Eat

Mures Upper Deck Seafood Spaghetti, Tasmania, AustraliaColes Bay’s cafes and restaurants serve up everything from coffee and treats to a gourmet dinner of fresh local ingredients. Some of the local specialties include oysters, mussel, scallops, and rock lobster. Delicious, local wine is the perfect beverage to pair with this delightfully fresh seafood! Image thanks to: Mures Tasmania.

History

Although the area has a rich history of settlement by Aboriginals and subsequently early whalers, it wasn’t until 1934 that the area became known as a popular retreat. It was then that retired auctioneer Harry Parsons purchased 5 ha of land and developed the settlement.

Since then the appeal of the town has increased over time and given it its reputation as a perfect holiday retreat for those looking for relaxation and beauty.

Map of Coles Bay

Pebble Shack
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Footprints 1
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Retreat
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Hazards View Studio
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Coles Bay Studio
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Hazards View Stone Cottage
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
81 On Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Gumnut Cottage
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Iluka Holiday Centre
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Villa 2
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Mountain View
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Whale Watcher 1
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
At The Bay – Dove – Coles Bay
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
170 Hazards View Unit 2
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Whale Watcher 2
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
170 Hazards View Unit 1
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Coles Bay Waterfronter 1
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Picnic Island
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Coles Bay Waterfronter 2
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Haven on Hazards
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Footprints 2
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Villa 1
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Sandgroper
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Sands
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Sanctuary 5
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Sanctuary 4
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Beach Baby On Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Rumah Kita
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
The Blue Shack
Hazards House
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Coles Bay House
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Coles Bay Stone Cottage
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Saffire Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Beaulieu
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Edge of the Bay Resort
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Cottage 2
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Beachcroft
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Cottage 1
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Ar Lan y Mor
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Kunzea at Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Granite Beach
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Sunsets
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Studio 59
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Beachcomber
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Aperture
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet On The Bay
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
25 Bradley Drive
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Forest Edge
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Sentinel
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Currawong
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
The Loft
Mayakitana
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Fish at Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Waterline
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Dove On Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Halcyon
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
The Strand
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Cove Beach Apartment 1
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Malting Lagoon Guest House and Brewery
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Freedom at Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Bluewater
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
The Blue House
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
The Lookout
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
Cove Beach Apartment 2
Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula
FREYCINET CHARTERS–Wineglass Bay via Hazards Beach
Hazards Beach - Wineglass Bay
FREYCINET CHARTERS – Personalised, Small-Group Charters
Freycinet National Park
Cycle, Kayak & Walk Tasmania
Hobart to Bicheno
The Freycinet Paddle
Freycinet National Park
Half Day ATV Explorer – RIDER
Freycinet National Park - Coles Bay
Freycinet Charters Gift Card
Freycinet Charters Gift Card
Half Day ATV Explorer – PASSENGER
Coles Bay - Freycinet
Sky Lounge – Wineglass Bay Cruise
Wineglass Bay Cruise
Wine-dy Roads of Freycinet
Coles Bay - Freycinet
Freycinet and Wineglass Bay – 4 day walking holiday
Launceston - Freycinet National Park
Freycinet 3 Day Walk
Freycinet National Park

What to do

Coles Bay

Sky Lounge - Wineglass Bay Cruise

Wineglass Bay Cruise

Experience the exquisite beauty of the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II. Relax in the Sky Lounge and enjoy morning tea, all beverages, a Tasmanian Ploughman's lunch and local seafood served at anchor in Wineglass Bay.

AU$210

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Vista Lounge - Wineglass Bay Cruise

Freycinet Peninsula - Wineglass Bay

Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay aboard the Schouten Passage II. Relax and enjoy the spectacular journey around the Freycinet Peninsula and a delicious Tasmanian Ploughman’s lunch served at anchor in Wineglass Bay.

AU$140

Wineglass Bay Cruise

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Freycinet National Park Navigator - Half Day

Freycinet National Park

Looking to explore Freycinet and the surrounding areas, but don’t have a whole day spare? This tour promises a thorough introduction to the region as your local guide takes you to white sandy beaches & breathtaking Scenery.

AU$160

Half Day Tour

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Freycinet National Park Pioneer - Full Day

Freycinet National Park

Explore the pure white beaches, azure bays and unique wildlife as our local tour guide pilots you around the picturesque Tasmanian coast. Soak up the stunning views from the comfort of our purpose-built 4x4 and sample authentic Tasmania.

AU$250

Full Day Tour

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The Freycinet Retreat Walk

Escape to your own private retreat. Meet fellow walkers and a couple locals to show you the way.  Our 3-day guided walking holiday is the perfect way to experience Freycinet National Park. Eat & drink local sea food & wine.

AU$1595

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The Freycinet Paddle

Freycinet National Park

Take our award winning sea kayaking tour into the heart of Freycinet National Park. Experience crystal clear waters and towering granite mountains. Departing morning & afternoon, year round this tour is suitable to all levels of experience.

AU$98

3 Hour Guided Tour

AU$98

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Wine-dy Roads of Freycinet

Coles Bay - Freycinet

Come on a Coles Bay / Freycinet Food & Wine Tour, Picking you up from your Coles Bay and surrounding areas at 11am, come on a full day journey of Gastronomical Proportions in air conditioned comfort. 4 Vineyards all food included.

AU$160

Full Day Tour

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Freycinet and Wineglass Bay - 4 day walking holiday

Launceston - Freycinet National Park

Famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders, the Bay of Fires is one of Tasmania's most popular conservation reserves. Enjoy amazing walking and excellent meals with Park Trek.

AU$2050

4 Day Walking Holiday

AU$2050

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3 Day - North East Tasmania - Bay of Fires and Freycinet Peninsula

A 3-day tour exploring the wonders of Tasmania's stunning North East coast including Bay of Fires and Freycinet peninsula. Lots of time to walk world class beaches and at the end of the day relax by the fire in exclusive camp sites

AU$750

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FREYCINET CHARTERS–Wineglass Bay via Hazards Beach

Hazards Beach - Wineglass Bay

A personal charter by boat to Hazards Beach, walk through to Wineglass Bay via the Isthmus Track & return.

AU$400

Walking Tour

AU$400

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3 Day - South East Tasmania - Freycinet and Tasman Peninsula

Over 3 days experience the amazing variety of Tasmania's scenic, sunny east coast. Visit iconic Freycinet National Park and Tasman Peninsula. Enjoy the evening around the campfire before retiring to our comfy canvas tents for the night

AU$650

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Wineglass Bay Day Tour

Hop aboard the famous Wineglass Bay Day Tour; Tasmania's most entertaining and informative tour from Hobart to Wineglass Bay in the Freycinet National Park, on Tasmania's East Coast.

AU$105

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Wineglass Bay and Three Capes Tour

Hobart - Wineglass Bay

Experience the spectacular scenery of the East Coast of Tasmania from the air, ground and sea, on this full day tour including landing at a boat cruise to Wineglass Bay

AU$495

1 Day Tour

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Bay of Fires and Mt William National Park 4 day walking holiday

Bay of Fires - Mt William National Park

Famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders, the Bay of Fires is one of Tasmania's most popular conservation reserves. Enjoy amazing walking and excellent meals with Park Trek.

AU$1850

4 Day Walking Holiday

AU$1850

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Where to Stay

Coles Bay

Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the bay, this hotel is 2.8 km from Freycinet National Park and within 15 km of Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Marine Farm.
2 restaurants, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a conference center, a business center, and a meeting room.
All 60 individually decorated rooms feature DVD players and minibars. Guests can appreciate conveniences like sitting areas and refrigerators, and other amenities include balconies and LCD TVs.

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Edge of the Bay Resort

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

This beachfront hotel is located in Coles Bay, close to Muirs Beach, Sandpiper Beach, and Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre. Local attractions also include Coles Bay and Richardsons Beach.
A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and an outdoor tennis court are available at this hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include conference space, laundry facilities, and free newspapers.
All 21 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and DVD players. Other amenities available to guests include furnished patios, LCD TVs, and coffee makers.

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Freycinet Eco Luxe

Freycinet - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the beach in Freycinet, this vacation home is close to Freycinet National Park, Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre and Wineglass Bay.

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Saffire Freycinet

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the bay, this luxury hotel is 4.2 km from Freycinet National Park and within 10 km of Freycinet Marine Farm and Wineglass Bay. Coles Bay is 7.6 km away.

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Forest Edge

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the beach in Coles Bay, this vacation home is close to Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre, Freycinet National Park and Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

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Bluewater

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the beach in Coles Bay, this vacation home is close to Freycinet Marine Farm and Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre. Area attractions also include Freycinet National Park and Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

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Freycinet Sanctuary 5

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated in Coles Bay, this cottage is close to Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre, Coles Bay, and Richardsons Beach. Also nearby are Muirs Beach and Freycinet National Park.

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Fish at Freycinet

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the beach in Coles Bay, this vacation home is close to Freycinet Marine Farm. Area attractions also include Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre and Freycinet National Park.

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Kunzea at Freycinet

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the beach in Coles Bay, this vacation home is close to Freycinet Marine Farm. Area attractions also include Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre and Freycinet National Park.

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Freycinet Sands

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

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    Beach Baby On Freycinet

    Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

    Situated in Coles Bay, this vacation home is close to Freycinet Marine Farm. Area attractions also include Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre and Freycinet National Park.

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    Freycinet Retreat

    Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

    Situated in a rural location, this luxury apartment building is 0.3 km from Freycinet Marine Farm and within 15 km of Wineglass Bay and Coles Bay. Freycinet National Park is 13.4 km away.

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    Freycinet Waters

    Swansea - East Coast

    Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is steps from Heritage Centre, Glamorgan War Memorial, and East Coast Heritage Museum.

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    Beachcomber

    Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

    Situated near the beach in Coles Bay, this vacation home is close to Freycinet Marine Farm and Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre. Area attractions also include Freycinet National Park and Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

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    Essentially Tas Dover

    Dover - South

    This beachfront cottage is located in Dover, close to Port Esperance, Kents Beach, and Esperance Bay Park. Nearby attractions also include St. Imre Vineyard.

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    Haven on Hazards

    Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

    Situated near the beach in Coles Bay, this vacation home is close to Freycinet Marine Farm and Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre.

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