Looking over Wine Glass Bay with views of the National Park trees as well as the ocean and white beach

Freycinet National Park – Guide to what to do and how to visit

Published on: February 3rd, 2019 at 6:43 am

Let me first start by saying this slice of paradise is a must visit if you are touring Tasmania. It is simply beautiful.

Right, now that is out in the open let me tell you a little about the place I love so much. Wineglass Bay is actually located in the Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay. It is 170 km (2 hrs 15 min) from Hobart or 150 km (2 hrs) from Launceston. Chances are you will be travelling from or through one of those directions if you are planning to visit this area. They are the two largest cities in Tasmania and flights into the state are best through these airports, find a flight here.

One of the most beautiful areas in Tasmania
The view of the beach and ocean just before you enter Wine Glass Bay beach
The view of the bay from just before you enter the beach Wine Glass Bay

Wineglass Bay is on the East Coast of Tasmania and this area offers some simply amazing beaches and stunning scenery just waiting to be explored. It is one of the most underrated destinations in Australia in my opinion.

White sandy beach and waves rolling in from the ocean at Wine Glass Bay in Tasmania
The white sandy beaches of Wineglass bay make it a must-see tourist destination in Tasmania

The popular thing to do here is to hike up from the Freycinet National Park car-park to what is called Wineglass Bay lookout. It is a well-paved walk that at times has some steep areas but generally speaking is a walk that most people should be confident enough to complete. There is no need to rush the walk as even while going up if you stop and rest you are more than likely able to enjoy some amazing looking views out over the ocean.

Once at the top there is a specially made observation platform that you can enjoy and take in the well rewarding views of the slice of paradise that is, Wineglass Bay. The water is a beautiful blue colour nearly all year-round, especially if the sun is shining and the bay is sheltered from any strong winds. The sand is a really clean white and just screams for you to take a closer look, luckily for you that is exactly what you can do.


As you made your way to the platform to soak in the amazing views you would have passed a turn off on the path. If you take this you can be down to the beach you just witnessed in as little as 20 minutes or a little longer depending on the pace you’re setting and how distracted you get by the many cute wallabies often found during the walk down close to the sealed path.

A wallaby on the walking path to Wine Glass Bay at Coles Bay, Tasmania
One of the locals that kept us company for some of the hike down into Wineglass Bay

Once down on the bay, you can enjoy some sun-baking, have a picnic if you brought something with you or simply enjoy a refreshing swim in the inviting water. It doesn’t often get too crowded and the large bay has plenty of sand for people to be able to spread out and enjoy their own little slice of paradise.

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Once you have enjoyed it enough or the day is starting to draw to a close then you can simply walk back along the same path you previously took to the car park where you first started. Alternatively, if you have done a bit of research there are plenty of overnight or return walks you can decide to venture onto further. Just make sure you have looked at the weather and packed accordingly as Tasmanian weather can be unpredictable at times. Latest weather forecasts here.

The ocean is a blue and green colour while the sand on the beach of Coles Bay is white and clean
You can’t miss taking a swim in this green-blue water. Word of warning though, it can be pretty fresh even in summer.

After a full day of hiking, swimming or lazing on the sand I’m sure you will have worked up some type of appetite. There are a few places nearby to sort this out and my favourite is the Iluka Tavern. It serves up great pub meals and nice cold beer. The perfect reward after an active day exploring. If you’re after something a little fancier then The Edge Restaurant or The Bay restaurant are your best bet. Both offer great menus with fresh local produce and views that are pretty special as well.

It is very popular to camp in the National Park that is nearby but at certain times of the year can be extremely busy so ensure you have booked a spot in advance if it is over summer, a weekend or holiday period. It is right on the water of Coles Bay and a fantastic spot to escape the big cities of Hobart and Launceston for a few nights while visiting Tasmania. Alternatively, there are plenty of hotel type accommodation places in the area as well but again be sure to book well in advance during busy periods. Some great accommodation options close to the walk and restaurants can be found.

To visit this area I would highly recommend hiring a car, it will give you far more flexibility to explore the area at your own pace and rhythm. You never know when you might want to pull the car over for that photo you simply must have or discover a cute Echidna, Wombat or other animal trying to cross the road.

Find the best-priced car rental options here.

Find out more amazing places to visit in the stunning state of Tasmania by visiting all my related blogs. Tasmania is an amazing place to visit and it’s really beginning to become the tourist hotspot it deserves.

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