Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay, what we’ve all come to see.
From Coles Bay it only takes 10 minutes to drive to the car park and start our walk. Its a climb up to the saddle of the Hazards, it takes about 45 minutes to walk through the bush with various place to stop and look back at Coles Bay behind us. Arriving at the view point the view over Wineglass Bay is stunning, the mountains behind the bay rise up and Freycinet National Park stretches out into the distance. It’s busy at the viewpoint as access is relatively easy from the car park and we have to be patient to take the photographs we want, but we decide to sit on a rock and gaze down at the curve of the bay below us for a while. The beach is too tempting so we decide to walk down to the bay, a much steeper and rougher route than the way up, the amount of fellow tourists begins to thin out as we come out onto the white gleaming sands of the bay. It is mostly empty down here, the sea crashes in onto the remote beach, its breathtaking and beautiful, framed by the mountains we feel lucky to be here.
An occasional dream. It could be.
We take our time to walk along the sands, the sea is so clear rolling onto the empty beach, the blue sky high above is filled with small puffs of cloud. After a time of sitting on the beach and just taking it all in, we have to begin our climb back up the hill as the full force of the strong Australian sun is too much for us, we are not yet acclimatized. We climb back up the steep path to the saddle again and gaze back down on the beach, the clouds have lifted so the view has improved but so has the number of walkers here, not much room is left on the viewing platform.
In the afternoon we drive north along the coastal highway through Bicheno and Scamander stopping on a couple of beaches to take in the views, this part of Tasmania is sparsely populated, mountains to the left the sea to the right of us.
Arriving in St. Helens we set up camp then walk twenty minutes into the town over the river bridge to have an evening meal at fish restaurant on the Harbour front overlooking Georges Bay.
Check out the visitors website : Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania. Freycinet National Park, information relating to staying overnight on the Peninsula and the many longer day walks into the National Park, escape the tourist crowds to the more remote parts such as down to Wineglass Bay and Promise Bay.
Where : Freycinet National Park on the eastern coastline of Tasmania, Australia.
Travelling : 125 km from Coles Bay to Binalong Bay, travelling back north through the National Park and rejoining the A3 Tasman Highway north to St. Helens, this takes you through Bicheno on the coast then northwards to St.Helens, we stayed a night in St Helens before driving the short distance to Binalong Bay the start of the Bay of Fires.
Camping or Campervan: Big 4, Iluka Holiday Centre, Coles Bay just five minutes drive from the entrance to the Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay. Big 4 St Helens Holiday Park takes twenty minutes to walk over the bridge into St Helens, easy access to the Bay of Fires.
Don’t tell anyone: Wineglass Bay Car Park, get there early in the day before it begins to fill up, lots of walkers start from here so it gets busy.
Next up: The Bay of Fires.
pjbourne is a full time architect, urban masterplanner and sustainability designer. In his free time he’s outside with a camera, running, wandering or mountain biking through the Alps where he lives or indoors in front of the iMac planning another long road trip in a campervan to the other side of the world.
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