Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s top attractions. It is home to the iconic Wineglass Bay, Honeymoon Bay and the Hazard mountain ranges. Each year, thousands of people flock here to see, hike and gape over the beautiful white beaches and transparent blue waters of Tasmania’s oldest park, that took over 400 million years to form. Anyone that has been here will tell you just how stunning it is!
In one day at Freycinet, we managed to hike Mt Amos, sunbake at Honeymoon Bay and walk around Cape Tourville Lookout. I would recommend having at least one full day and night in Freycinet. If you have longer to spare, you won’t be bored as there are many walks to choose from, with a variety in length and difficulty.
Hiking Mt Amos to Wineglass Bay
Distance: 8 kilometres return (3-4 hours).
Difficulty: Hard! This was a steep hike, with slippery rocks.
What to wear: Good hiking boots or sneakers, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable exercise wear.
The start of the Mt Amos Walking Track can be found at Freycinet National Park’s main carpark. Be warned that the track is a short but steep hike with sections of slippery rocks. The deeper you get into the track, the less defined the trail becomes and the bigger the boulders grow as you ascend the four kilometres to the top. However, the rewarding 360-views of Wineglass Bay at the top make all your fears of falling to your death totally worthwhile!
Honeymoon Bay is a 2-minute drive from the main Wineglass Bay carpark. To me, this place was the epitome of Australia’s beauty; gorgeous blue waters surrounded by lush, green bush and a granite mountain range. I loved just sitting on the rocks, basking in the afternoon sun, watching people splashing around in the water and fishing along the shoreline.
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Drive another 10-minutes down the road and you will find Cape Tourville Lighthouse. Cape Tourville Lighthouse is an easy 600-meter long trail that wraps around the coastline and offers stunning views. This walk will take around 20 minutes. Cape Tourville is listed as one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks and is worth checking out.
Coles Bay is a small town located just outside Freycinet National Park. It is a quiet, peaceful town with a few restaurants, which was perfect for our one-night stopover. We stayed at Coles Bay- Esplanade YHA. Disclaimer: there were not many other places to choose from in the area, but it was a top contender for one of the worst hostels I have ever stayed in thanks to a roommate from hell. However, we didn’t spend any time in our hostel other than to go to sleep and it was cheap so it did the job! Should you decide to stay, and don’t have a shitty roommate, I think it would be good enough for a night or two.