Wineglass Bay Lookout, Coles Bay

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A gentle walk of about one hour, leading through lush vegetation abundant with native wildlife, takes visitors to Wineglass Bay Lookout, situated within the Freycinet National Park. As you proceed along this trail, take a few moments to rest on the wooden furniture designed and built by local architecture students. As you catch your breath, keep an eye out for wombats and wallabies peeking out from behind the surrounding bushes. From the top, you can see not only the crescent of the wineglass-shaped bay (hence the name), but also green hills and mountains stretching into the distance. In addition to taking photos from here, you can explore other trails before returning to the bay. Work out when and for how long to visit Wineglass Bay Lookout and other Coles Bay attractions using our handy Coles Bay planning site.
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  • The lookout provides a superb view of Wineglass Bay and surrounds. The walk itself is only about a 3km round trip from the car park but it is a fairly steep walk in, which may be challenging for some. 
    The lookout provides a superb view of Wineglass Bay and surrounds. The walk itself is only about a 3km round trip from the car park but it is a fairly steep walk in, which may be challenging for some.  more »
  • To me this was the most overrated part of Tassie. Freycinet NP requires paid ticket to enter and park, carpark is pretty limited, I was lucky to find a spot but otherwise would have had to walk 15... 
    To me this was the most overrated part of Tassie. Freycinet NP requires paid ticket to enter and park, carpark is pretty limited, I was lucky to find a spot but otherwise would have had to walk 15...  more »
  • Lovely view over the bay. Be prepared for all the stairs (they seem to multiply in numbers as you ascend!) and uneven surfaces, good walking shoes are a must. On the way down you follow a different... 
    Lovely view over the bay. Be prepared for all the stairs (they seem to multiply in numbers as you ascend!) and uneven surfaces, good walking shoes are a must. On the way down you follow a different...  more »
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  • This is not the easiest walk – it’s a 45 minute slog up a steep hill, with little shade. But the track is good, and safe, and we saw many young kids make this along with their grandparents, while more than few couples had small children on their shoulders. There are no toilets, or water, once you start the walk, so, make sure you’re prepared for up to 2 hours in the sun, though most should be able to complete the mostly one way round circuit in about 90 minutes. Keep a close eye on the weather. You do not want to be doing this walk in a thunderstorm, or on a very hot day. But, if you want classic pictures of the sweeping white sand beach and green/blue sea, you need a sunny, clear day. Weather changes fast here, and can be very different on the ocean side, so, if it looks like it’s sunny and clear, rearrange your plans and get going if you want the classic pictures. But beware – the tourist shots you see are not taken from the lookout but from Mt Amos, which is a much harder walk, without a defined track in parts, and beyond the abilities of many. The view from the lookout is good, but not as good as Mt Amos. Finally, don’t make the mistake we did and effectively do this twice. The lookout is just a 5 minute diversion from the track to Wineglass Bay and the Hazards. If you’re already doing this walk, then there’s no need to make a separate hike to the lookout. The lookout track branches off the main track, after you’ve already done the hard slog up! However, if you then fancy a quick walk down to the bay itself beware, this is a steep 1,000 step hike. There’s plenty of parking at the base, and multiple spillover areas nearby if this fills up. And there are toilets and fresh drinking water at the start of the track.
  • Visited when it was cloudy but it was still worth the visit. The hike to the lookout was easy. Took us about 40 mins. However you can venture down the beach if you like. That would take a total 3 hours to and back. Either way both is a good way to experience wineglass bay :)
  • Whenever I visit Freycinet, this is one walk I always do as it's such a beautiful view of Wineglass bay. There are quite a few steps involved going up and down but it's a well kept path and definitely worth it for the view, plus there are plenty of places to take a rest if needed. From my last visit, I see they have improved the viewing platforms which is a good improvement for visitors with more viewing area now. Advise to take a warm jacket depending on the weather plus a bottle of water (there's a water tap at the toilet block) With the walk, you can either park in Wineglass Bay Car Park or if staying near the Freycinet Lodge, I noticed there is a new walking track that starts near Honeymoon Bay. Also, nice view of Mt Amos along the way which if you are up for a challenge, is definitely worth the walk/climb.
  • A nice and easy walk to the very special lookout point over Wineglass Bay. Even though the walk description suggested the walk took 2 hours (give or take) we found that we did it at a much faster pace. So if time is a concern to you, don’t let the generous estimates scare you off. There were many great views throughout the walk and a lookout point about halfway to the main attraction, keeping the walk interesting. There are a fair few steps which may be harder for some people, however the view is worth it. There is also a very clean bathroom at the base of the walk and a car park, ticking all the boxes in the ammenities department!
  • The vista is incredible! The walk in is difficult with lots of stairs up, but totally worth it. Take warm clothes as the weather can change. There are lots of other walks which are longer and strenuous, I didn't do them.

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