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Wineglass Bay

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia

December 27th, 2018

4.0 miles
1190 vertical feet
Total Time: 2:48

Starting elevation
138 feet
Max elevation
714 feet

Rating: 7/10

Directions: From Swansea, take A3 (Tasman Highway). Turn right onto C302 and follow it into Freycinet National Park. The trailhead is next to the large parking lot, not too far from the bathrooms. Parking can be an issue.   View Driving Map



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We started the hike at the crowded trailhead near the bathrooms. On this side of the overlook, the trail is one way, with the right side heading up and the left side coming down. We followed the herd heading uphill on the right trail. Soon we had visions below/behind us of Promise Bay.

Promise Bay

The trail is relatively short. It says 45 minutes to reach the overlook, but it took us less than 25. Once at the saddle, there's a short 2 minute walk to the left to the overlook itself. From here, you can see Wineglass Bay on the other side. That, and hordes of humanity taking selfies.

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay Lookout

We wanted to make sure our bus driver knew we were heading down to Wineglass Bay (most of our tour group was heading back instead), so we waited a few minutes here until he arrived. After he did, we headed down the trail toward Wineglass Bay. We had less than 2 and a half hours to go to the beach, have lunch, and return to the trailhead. I was a little worried we'd have to rush, but I needn't have worried.

It took us only about 20 minutes to make the steepish downhill trek to Wineglass Bay. There, we found a large beach with lots of people. We settled near the orange-tinted rocks to the left, away from most of the crowds. We ate lunch under shade of a tree. Afterwards, I explored the rocks further up the coast. We probably spent about an hour at the beach before deciding we had to start heading back.

Wineglass Beach

Wineglass Beach

Wineglass Bay

Rocky coast of Wineglass Bay

Rocky coast of Wineglass Bay

Rocky coast of Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Beach

Rocky coast of Wineglass Bay

Despite the overcast skies, I was covered in sweat on the trek back to the overlook, as it's a constant uphill climb, often with stairs. Still, it only took about 25 minutes to reach the saddle. Then it was downhill on the one-way trail back to the trailhead. I got stuck behind several large slow groups, then just as I reached the bottom someone asked me to take a picture. I obliged, but then his phone immediately ran out of battery and he had to fumble around and get another phone. Even with the delays, I made it down in about 20 minutes. We reached the trailhead in plenty of time to meet up with our tour group.

Stairs climbing back up from Wineglass Beach

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