World-renowned Wineglass Bay is well worth a visit. Many visitors get no further than the lookout on the Wineglass Bay track, but this walk takes you down to the actual beach, giving quite a different perspective on not only the bay itself, but the jagged Hazards peaks to the north.
Heading south from the carpark, the walk rises 200 metres over the first km to reach the lookout area, but after that, it is downhill over the next km to reach the beach. Apparently, if all the stairs in the track are counted from carpark, past lookout and down to beach, it’s about 1000! There will be plenty of time to enjoy the sun (hopefully!), sand and scenery, before continuing southwest across the isthmus for nearly 2 km to reach Hazards Beach. Care for a dip? Follow the beach NW for 1 km before following the contours of the rugged coast north, and then east, to return to the carpark. Quite a long walk at about 12 km, but reasonably fit walkers, including energetic but not very small children, should be able to manage. Please note that if bringing a car, you will need a valid Parks Tasmania pass.
Meeting Times and Places:
If you are interested in going on this walk, please phone your walk leader, Grace Hillman, ph. 0490 840 866 to book in. The departure time is 7:30 am from the Door of Hope Church car park, Launceston. If you would like to arrange to meet the group elsewhere, please arrange with the leader, and please be at any meeting place 5 minutes ahead of the listed time. The leader should always be notified of any other people you intend to bring along, and you should always contact the walk leader if intending to participate in a particular Boots N’ All walk.
To access this area from northern Tasmania: From Launceston, follow the southern outlet and Midland Highway for 70 km to Campbell Town and continue across the Red Bridge to the junction of the Lake Leake Highway (B34) near the southern outskirts of the town. Turn left and follow B34 for 60 km right through to the Tasman Highway (A3) junction. Turn left and head north and then north-east along the Tasman Highway 22 km to reach the Coles Bay Road (C302). Follow Coles Bay Rd for 26 km to reach Coles Bay, and continue through to the Freycinet car park, a further 5 km. Total distance 180 km, and allow 2 hours 10 minutes drive time.
The following codes [from our 2023 walks calendar] apply:
S Steep incline for at least part of the way
D Drive distance requires early departure
L A long day’s walk – about 12 km all up
Please take note of the weather forecast on the day. Make sure you bring drinking water – we suggest at least 1 litre per person, but preferably more. Walkers are advised to wear sturdy boots or strong, high sided sneakers. You should always carry wet weather gear as well as warm clothing in case of sudden weather changes.
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Map details and references:
For the Wineglass Bay circuit, 1:100000 map is Freycinet (Tasmap 8513) and 1:25000 map is Coles Bay (TasMap 6033)
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No peakbagger points will be visited on this walk, although there are several on the Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula. For listing of peakbagger points, see the Hobart Walking Club Peakbagger’s Guide (2000 revision) which can be downloaded (Excel) from http://tastracks.webs.com/peakbaggers.htm The same web page contains several other listings of Tasmanian peaks.
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