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Wineglass Bay

Wineglass bay is a must see destination in Tasmania, voted by several travel authorities as one of the world’s ten best beaches. You will be taken away by the aqua blue waters and soft white sand. The bay is surrounded by jagged granite peaks in a line, called “The Hazards”.

Information below is provided by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
time Hiking
time 1 – 1.5 hours return (1.5 km each way)
fees Park entry fees apply.
facilities Toilet facilities at car park. Picnic facilities nearby.
grade Level 3  Steep uphill climb over 1.3km with rough bush steps
what to take Group A items required plus water
cautions Rigorous uphill walk is not suited to those with health or mobility concerns
prohibited No pets, firearms or bicycles

Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service

Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park

The crystal clear waters and white sandy beach of Wineglass Bay are a tremendous sight. This is a steep uphill walk on a rocky, well-constructed track within the Freycinet National Park.


The rock type along this walk is granite which was formed during the Devonian. Although not common in Tasmania, granite forms some spectacular features in the Freycinet National Park.


The park is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours from either Hobart or Launceston. Turn off the Tasman Highway (A3) (which runs down the east coast of Tasmania) onto the Coles Bay Road (C302) 12 km south of Bicheno. (The turnoff to the Friendly Beaches section of the park is via a gravel road about 2 km after leaving the highway).

The main park entrance and visitor reception are just after Coles Bay township about 30km from the highway on a good quality sealed road.

Please take care when driving between sunset and sunrise as you are sharing the road with wildlife.

Tasmanian National Parks Entry Fees

Current park passes must be purchased for entry to Tasmania’s national parks. Please see our National Parks Entry Fees pages for full details.