I was lucky enough that pretty much right before the world was shutdown, I was able to book a small holiday away for my partners birthday celebration. At the time, we had no idea what was about to happen but looking back it makes me so grateful that we were able to go, as it may be the last bit of travel for quite some time.
When I started planning our trip to Tasmania & Hobart specifically, I quickly realised that I had to find a way to fit in a trip to Wineglass Bay located in the Freycinet National Park. It looked absolutely beautiful and as it is located in a national park, it seemed a great excuse to go hiking.
The park itself is about a 2 hour drive from Hobart and easily accessible by car. If you don’t have a car, there are sure to be other ways of getting there via a tour group or bus. We hired our car through our flight company which is super easy and is just picked up at the airport on arrival.
We drove down the coast from Hobart to Freycinet on the way there and we took the inland track through Richmond and a few other small towns on the way back. This is what I would suggest as both drives are worth a look.
What to do in the Freycinet National Park
Hike to Wineglass bay via the Hazards Beach Circuit
This is probably the most popular thing to do in the park and was pretty much the entire reason we went to the park. However, as they say, the journey is sometimes better than the destination. Yes, Wineglass bay is beautiful however the hike and drive to the National Park to get there is really amazing.
When you get to the National Park, you need to head to the information centre to get a Parks Pass. This pass lasts for 24 hours from the time you pick it up. We picked ours up at around 12pm meaning that we had access until 12pm the next day. I thought this was perfect because even if we spent the rest of the day hiking, we could always come back in the morning for a last look around.
The track we chose to take was gong the long way around and seeing Wineglass bay at the end. Rather than walking up to the lookout and then heading down. I would recommend the way that we went as it was really quiet. However the steps up to the lookout from Wineglass bay beach is really really tiring so be warned (don’t drink all of your water before this).
There are also options for camping in this area however you would want to check with the info centre beforehand to organise this.
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
This is a great little stop on the way out of the park. Its a very short walk from the small carpark up to the lighthouse however it has one of the best views in the park from the top.
This was one of the main things on my list of things to do in the park. I had researched it to death. However when we were there, we were quite unlucky with the weather and as we aren’t super advanced hikers, climbing up a soggy mountain in the potential rain just seemed like a hazard so we decided against it. I would recommend checking out THIS blog post which has all the details of how I planned to climb the mountain.
Who doesn’t love a quad bike adventure. All4adventure have the option of half day or 2hr adventures which look amazing! Definitely something we would have considered doing had we had more time go explore the park!
Wineglass bay cruises is a really different way of seeing this beautiful area. The cruises go for about 4 hours and take you from Coles Bay, around a local island and of course to Wineglass Bay. It is about $145pp not including food. So if you aren’t one to go hiking or quad biking but you still want to see as much as you can, this could be a good option for you.
If you are one for small planes and scenic flights, then a 30 min flight with Freycinet Air may be for you. Prices start at $155 pp however if you have the budget it would definitely be something worth considering. There is so much to do in this amazing area, so if you do have the budget you can go on the ultimate adventure by air.
Kayaking is one of my absolute favourite outdoor things to do. We did this last in Byron Bay and I really really wanted to do this in Wineglass Bay as well however we didn’t have the time to do so. I would have booked through Freycinet Adventures, the Freycinet Sea Kayaking. Their website is linked above so go and see if its something you might enjoy! Its on the top of my list next time we visit.
Where to Stay
There are a load of options to stay in the park and if this is in your budget then go for it. If I could have, we would have stayed at the beautiful Freycinet Lodge! There are so many resorts and villa’s to choose from. There are also a lot of little towns close by such as Bicheno, which is where we stayed. We stayed at the Ocean View Retreat which was small and simple and the people who run it are really lovely. The peak of our stay was the visit of the wallabies in the evening as they came down for a look. So Cute!
We can not wait to go back to Tasmania and the Freycinet. It was one of the coolest places we have been in Australia and really reminded us of home! (NZ for those wondering). The vibe is super chilled, the people are so nice and friendly and it really was just the perfect long weekend adventure.
Next on our list for Tassy is of course Cradle Mountain and the West coast of Tasmania! Looks completely stunning. I would also love to go to the Bay of Fires along with many other adventures (Has anyone done the Overland Track??? 6 Days of hiking seems ins=tense but amazing).