Wineglass Bay

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Wineglass Bay - Freycinet Experience Walk where you get to meet the locals

Freycinet Adventures - A guided sea kayaking tour in the Freycinet National Park

Wineglass Bay Cruises (formerly Freycinet Sea Cruises) - Explore the absolute serenity of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's East Coast
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Wineglass Bay Sail Walk
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Wineglass Bay Cruises - Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay, without the crowds, on The Wineglass Bay Cruise on the Schouten Passage II.
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Wineglass Bay, one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It has graced the cover of many a glossy brochure for good reason it's simply spectacular.
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The Beach at Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park.

Wineglass Bay

Aerial View of Wineglass - Tasmania, AustraliaTravelers, meet the top of your Tassie bucket list. Wineglass Bay is part of the Freycinet Peninsula, an outcrop of wild, pristine coast land on Tasmania’s east coast. Encompassed within the Freycinet National Park, it is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. Nestled in the iconic Hazards range and bordered with pink granite peaks, Wineglass Bay is the most photographed view in the entirety of our island state. It is about 2.5 hours drive from north from Hobart and south from Launceston. Weather can be unpredictable, yet eastern Tasmania is still the second-driest part of Australia after South Australia. Equally beautiful are the wide deserted beaches and aquamarine shallows at Bryans and Cooks beaches on the western side of the peninsula facing Great Oyster Bay. On the eastern side of the Freycinet Peninsula there are soaring sea cliffs, secluded coves, and dramatic ocean beaches. The Hazards guard the peninsula at its northern end, and to the south is uninhabited Schouten Island. Image thanks to: Wineglass Bay Cruises.

History

Let’s take a punt and say that whilst you’re sipping away on your evening pinot noir, scrolling through the pages of Tasmania.com, you begin to connect the dots between the shape of your glass and the name of Tasmania’s iconic bay. But, alas, the name in fact originates from a much darker history and has nothing to do with the crescent shaped shoreline. The peninsula was once the exclusive domain of the Pydairrerme people – the Oyster Bay tribe. For some 30,000 years they lived there off the bounty of the sea and the forest. In fact, some of the tracks are paths walked by the original inhabitants thousands of years ago.

The peninsula takes its name from one or both of the brothers de Freycinet, Louis Claude and Louis Henri. In 1802, they joined French explorer Nicholas Baudin on an expedition to map the southern coasts of mainland Australia and Van Diemen’s Land. In the 1820’s, whalers came to Wineglass Bay. For 20 years they would explore the bay in small boats, harpooning nearby whales and dragging them back toward the shore. The carcass was butchered and bones were used for corsets and hoop skirts, whilst the blubber was boiled, extracting oil to be exported to Britain for lighting. During this time, the soft blue waters stained red with blood to resemble the rich hue of your glass of red wine – and so, the bay acquired its iconic name. By the 1850’s, the whalers had moved on but then came sheep and cattle grazing, and coal and tin mining. Degradation of the environment continued until 1916, when the peninsula was declared a national park. Image thanks to: wineglass-bay.

Activities

Wineglass Bay is just a short walk from the camping grounds at Coles Bay and involves an uphill climb through The Hazards to a rocky lookout, followed by a downhill walk to the beach. Many other options are available. The walk would take 2 hours from the entrance of the Freycinet National Park. Alternatively, longer walking tours up to 4 days are also available! For those adventurous folk or those who just want a good selfie (you know who you are), set off on a half day trek from Wineglass Bay lookout down onto the pristine sugar white sands that take you around to the park entrance via the Hazards Range for some extra speccy views over Great Oyster Bay and the coastline that wraps itself around Swansea village. Keep an eye out for White-bellied Sea Eagles in the mouth of the bay and spot black swans in the Moulting Lagoon. Leisure seekers, indulge yourselves with an eco-cruise around the bay to discover secluded coves, and finish your afternoon with whisky tasting in Freycinet National Park.

Alternatively, the visitor center at the park entrance is equipped with electric barbecues, picnic tables, water and toilets. There is certainly lots to do. Go sea kayaking, rock climb, mountain biking, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, jump on a quad bike, or even take a scenic helicopter flight! Or just relax and enjoy the gorgeous sunset from your balcony while reading a favorite book. Whichever you choose, you will find Wineglass Bay is an ideal holiday destination. Image thanks to: Tourism Australia & Hugh Stewart.

Nature & Wildlife

More than 500 plants have been recorded within the park, with over 80 species of orchids being sighted. It is also home to a plethora of wildlife including wombats, wallabies, quolls, Tasmanian Devils, and long-nosed Potoroos. A wide variety of bird species exist such as Sea eagles, Black-Cockatoos and Green Rosellas. Offshore, seals, bottlenose dolphins and southern right whales are regular visitors.

Where to Eat

Sky lounge guests enjoying local oysters and wine - Tasmania, AustraliaFine Tasmanian cuisine can easily be found in the region and is an adventure of pure culinary indulgence. Seafood such as crayfish, scallops, and fresh oysters are picked straight from some of the world’s cleanest waters. Tasmania’s cool-climate wines are a perfect pairing with many of these local delights and should not be missed! Image thanks to: Wineglass Bay Cruises.

Accommodation

Tasmanians have been frequenting this paradise for more than a century. However, with tourism greatly on the rise, Wineglass Bay has become a prized destination for mainlanders and overseas visitors alike. To accommodate the growing numbers, a range of accommodations exist in and around nearby Coles Bay and Freycinet, from campsites to hotels, budget to ultimate luxury. Coles Bay sits at the foot of the granite mountains known as the Hazards and on the edge of the world-renowned Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Guided tours are offered at select accommodations.

Wineglass Bay

what to do

Wineglass Bay Day Tour

Our Wineglass Bay tour departs from Hobart, heading east then following the Great Eastern Drive north. We’ll travel through the seaside towns of Orford, Triabunna and Swansea as we make our way along the East Coast of Tasmania towards the Freycinet National Park.  We’ll stop briefly along the way to take in some of the local highlights such as Raspins Beach (Orford), Spiky Bridge and The Bark Mill (Swansea).

Lunch will be had at Coles Bay, where you can enjoy your fresh oysters and/or abalone from the Freycinet Marine Farm, or choose from the wide selection of seafood available at the Freycinet Fish and Chip Shop. If seafood isn’t your thing, the Freycinet Bakery Cafe has plenty to offer, or you can visit the Iluka Tavern or simply grab something simple from the Supermarket. Whatever you treat yourself with, be sure to also grab some drinking water because after lunch we go for our walk.

The walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout is one of the Great Short Walks of Tasmania and usually takes us around 45mins to get to the top. The 1.4 km walk is uphill on a rocky but well constructed path with stone steps. As a group, we walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where we help each other out to ensure we get the magic shots of Tasmania’s most famous photographed views.  We enjoy the excitement and emotions of the moment and take in the rewarding and world famous view.

 

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Sky Lounge - Wineglass Bay Cruise

Wineglass Bay Cruise

Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II, a 150 seat eco-catamaran.   The journey is spectacular; the vessel will stop and allow you to gaze at the sheer granite cliffs, get up close to the wildlife and provide informative commentary on landmarks, wildlife and history.

Wineglass Bay is beautiful and remote, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes at the edge of a perfect turquoise sea where you will enjoy a Tasmanian Ploughman’s lunch at anchor in relaxed style.  Your delicious lunch is a bento box full of fresh local produce such as salmon, cheeses and chocolate, prepared by the Freycinet Lodge as well as a local seafood tasting.  Taste local beverages and cool-climate wines in nature’s best wine bar in the wilderness. The Sky Lounge offers privacy, comfort, direct access to the bridge, stunning views from the top deck and a private guide.   You will receive morning tea, snacks throughout the day and all drinks are complimentary.  You haven’t seen Freycinet until you’ve seen it with Wineglass Bay Cruises.

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Vista Lounge - Wineglass Bay Cruise

Freycinet Peninsula - Wineglass Bay

Experience the exquisite beauty of Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula aboard the Schouten Passage II, a 150 seat eco-catamaran.   The journey is spectacular; the vessel will stop and allow you to gaze at the sheer granite cliffs, get up close to the wildlife and provide informative commentary on landmarks, wildlife and history.  Wineglass Bay is beautiful and remote, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes at the edge of a perfect turquoise sea where you will enjoy a Tasmanian Ploughman’s lunch at anchor in relaxed style.  Your delicious lunch is a bento box full of fresh local produce such as salmon, cheeses and chocolate, prepared by the Freycinet Lodge.  Taste local beverages and cool-climate wines available for purchase in nature’s best wine bar in the wilderness. The Vista Lounge offers floor to ceiling windows, comfortable indoor and spacious outdoor viewing decks, baby change facilities and disabled amenities.  You haven’t seen Freycinet until you’ve seen it with Wineglass Bay Cruises.

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Wineglass Bay Cruise

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FREYCINET CHARTERS–Wineglass Bay via Hazards Beach

Hazards Beach - Wineglass Bay

We’ll drop you off onto Hazards Beach so that you can the flat 25 minute walk to Wineglass Bay via the Isthmus Track, Freycinet Charters will be waiting take you back to Coles Bay when you return.
Please note: extra hours charged at regular charter rates.

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Walking Tour

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Wineglass Bay and Three Capes Tour

Hobart - Wineglass Bay

The east coast of Tasmania has some spectacular  scenery, and Par Avion give you an opportunity to appreciate this, from the air, the ground  and the sea.

Departing Cambridge,  you’ll fly up the east coast of Tasmania toward  Freycinet Peninsula, and the famous Wineglass Bay, named  one of the worlds best beaches. You’ll fly overhead giving you some great photo  opportunities.

Your tour will then  go on the water  which gives you a unique perspective  of the Freycinet National Park from the Tasman Sea. There are opportunities to see incredible sheer granite  cliffs, sea caves and hidden coves as well as wildlife sightings such as sea birds, penguins, dolphins, seals and whales. Lunch is on board.

After your cruise, you’ll board your aircraft where there is an opportunity to have an aerial view of the historic penal settlement of Port Arthur and see the spectacular  cliffs found on the eastern  side of the peninsula,  home  of the Three Capes Track. Experience breathtaking views of sparkling Crescent  Bay and beyond to Cape Raoul.

You will see the remote  Tasman Island lighthouse  and fly over Tasmania’s world-renowned big wave surfing destination, Shipsterns Bluff, before  returning  to Cambridge  via the city of Hobart.

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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 area accommodation at 10-11am for a full day journey. Bicheno and Swansea pick ups are also available.


Freycinet Coast is also known as the East Coast Wine Region. We visit 4 Vineyard Cellar Doors. Most of the Vineyards are still owned by the original settlers.

You will get to feast on all kinds of delights like Oysters, Fresh Fish,Wood Fired Pizza, Walnuts, Cheese, Local Bread, Salad, Seasonal Fruit, Olive Oils, Smoked Salmon  . . . just to mention a few.


A gourmet lunch is provided at the amazingly picturesque Devils Corner, topped off with an ice cream or coffee and chocolate at any one of a few locations depending on the day.

An exceptional day out on the Coles Bay / Freycinet Food & Wine Tour in Air Conditioned comfort that everyone can enjoy in safety returning you to your accommodation by 5pm.

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The Freycinet Paddle

Freycinet National Park

Discover Tasmania’s greatest sea kayaking destination on the Freycinet Paddle. The Freycinet Paddle was listed as the #4 must-do experience in Australia on the Nine Network’s Things to Try Before you Die. On this relaxed, 3 hour guided tour of the Freycinet coastline, you’ll glide beneath pink granite mountains, past pristine sandy beaches and across waters so crystal clear you feel like you can touch the marine life below. You’ll experience Freycinet’s rich wildlife as you weave along the peninsula’s stunning coastline. Watch for soaring sea eagles, elusive little penguins and the sudden gleam of a dolphin’s back as it breaks the ocean’s surface. Take time out on a secluded beach and discover Freycinet’s rich stories from your guides as you relax with freshly brewed coffee and tasty snacks. This award-winning tour blends adventure and serenity with a deep appreciation of an incredible environment. An unforgettable way to discover the Freycinet Peninsula.

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Freycinet National Park Navigator - Half Day

Freycinet National Park

We’ll collect you from your accommodation and start the tour in the coastal town of Bicheno. Then set off for the Freycinet National Park and a stroll along Friendly Beaches North.

Leaving Friendly Beaches, we head straight for the heart of Freycinet National Park on a quest for Bluestone Bay and Whitewater Wall, located on the eastern side of the Freycinet Peninsula.

Next up is the famous Cape Tourville. You’ll be treated to an unparalleled, 360 degree view of the rugged Tasman coastline. With Carp Bay, Sleepy Bay and Lemon Rock all clearly visible. Then on to Honeymoon Bay. After what promises to be a memorable experience, we’ll head back to Bicheno and drop you at your accommodation.

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Wineglass Bay

Where to Stay

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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Freycinet On The Bay

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. Local attractions also include Wineglass Bay.
A garden, barbecue grills, and a picnic area are available at this vacation home. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.
The vacation home boasts a fireplace and a jetted tub, while offering a washing machine and a living room. Guests will find a kitchen with a refrigerator, an oven, a stovetop, and a microwave.

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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.
This smoke-free hotel features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and a health club. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free valet parking are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a conference center, and massage/treatment rooms.
All 20 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. Guests can enjoy deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include furnished balconies, living rooms, and LCD TVs.

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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. Area attractions also include Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Freycinet Marine Farm.
Laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills are available at this vacation home. Self parking is free. Other amenities include a picnic area.
The vacation home has 2 bedrooms and offers an espresso maker and a furnished patio. A kitchen comes with a refrigerator and an oven, and guests will also find upscale touches like a fireplace and a deep soaking tub.

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Hazards Rim

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. Area attractions also include Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Freycinet Marine Farm.
Laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills are available at this vacation home. Self parking is free. Other amenities include a picnic area.
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Rocky Hills - North East Coast

Offering direct access to the beach, this Rocky Hills vacation home is within 15 km of Spiky Bridge, Jubilee Beach, and Waterloo Point. Kates Berry Farm and Heritage Centre are also within 15 km.
Laundry facilities, barbecue grills, and free breakfast are available at this smoke-free vacation home. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.
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