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Wineglass Bay

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Tasmania Freycinet Peninsula Wineglass Bay

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Introduction

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay

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Halfway down the east coast of Tasmania in the Freycinet National Park, is the beautiful Wineglass Bay. The bay's perfect curve, white sandy beach and turquoise sea have earned it a reputation as one of the best beaches in the world. [1]

To get a view of the beach, visitors need to hike uphill for about an hour, where they will find great views of the beach. To actually reach the beach, you will need to then hike down the mountain on the other side for another hour or so.

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Cost

A Tasmanian national park pass is required to enter the Freycinet National Park. It can be purchased at the park's entrance or at one of the various Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres. Cost for a daily pass per vehicle is $22 (up to 8 people), or $11 per person. If you plan on visiting any of the other National Parks in Tasmania, then it may well be worth obtaining a Holiday Pass, which is valid for 8 weeks. A Holiday Pass is $56 per vehicle or $28 per person.[2]

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Getting There

The walk to Wineglass Bay involves a short, step trail between the Hazards Mountains. It should take about 2.5 hours return. Alternatively, many visitors choose to just hike up to the lookout, which should take about 1-1.5 hours return. For details on reaching the national park, refer to the Freycinet Peninsula guide.

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Drink

Be sure to take lots of water with you on the hike to view Wineglass Bay. The steep climb is likely to make you thirsty, particularly if attempted on a hot day!

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Sleep

There is a small camp site at the far end of the beach on some grassy plots near a small creek. Only basic toilet facilities are provided.

There are other camping areas within the Freycinet National Park and various accommodation options. Refer to the Freycinet Peninsula article for details.

References

  1. 1 Discover Tasmania says Frommers and Outside have rated the beach as one of the top 10 in the world.
  2. 2 Tasmania National Parks Entry Fees

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