Renowned for its picturesque crystal blue waters and fine quartz sand, Wineglass Bay is the main attraction within the Freycinet National Park of Tasmania’s east coast. However Wineglass Bay isn’t the only spectacular spot within the Park, as well as touching on Wineglass’s beautiful sands, this 11km 5 hour loop also takes in Hazards Beach on the beautiful western coastline of Freycinet.
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|Freycinet National Park is 195km from Hobart and roughly 3 hours drive. From Hobart take the Tasman Highway (A3) through Sorell and continue up the east coast. This highway takes you the majority of the way until you reach the turn off to Coles Bay Road (C302) 12km before Bicheno. Continue for another 20km, passing through the township of Coles Bay to reach Freycinet National Park. The Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit begins from the main carpark.
From the main car park the trail meanders through bushland while gently climbing to the saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson. Once at the saddle a short recommended side trip will take you to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where fantastic views of Mount Freycinet and Wineglass Bay are offered.
From the saddle, the trail heads downhill towards Wineglass. A number of steep but short sections are included in this section, however, the trail is well defined and easily managed. An additional 1-hour return walk will take you to the northern end of the beach where lovely views back towards the Hazards are offered.
Continuing on towards Hazards Beach from the start of the Wineglass Bay beach, the trail crosses the National Park along the isthmus via a flat, occasionally duckboarded, track. After 45 minutes Hazards Beach is reached. Once on the beach turn right along the beach, following it’s northern end to continue the circuit. From here the trail skirts the coastline back towards the trailhead for 6km. A number of picturesque little coves which are perfect for swimming on hot days are also passed before the trail gently climbs uphill towards the car park.
We highly recommend visiting Wineglass Bay via this route in summer as it provides an opportunity to take in the coastal beauty of the Freycinet National Park without having to bump shoulders with 100’s of other visitors.
Map for illustrative purposes only. Base map supplied by Land Information System Tasmania