Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Hiking Itinerary

Majestic mountains and scenic beaches make for a panoramic view of nature - and this is exactly what lies at one of the famous hiking trails of the Freycinet National Park in Tasmania: the Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit.

Top Reasons to Go on this Trek

  1. The walk is a great workout for both young and old, as the track requires some easy to moderately difficult walking.
  2. The lookouts provide a wonderful view of the sea and the surrounding mountains.
  3. There is the chance to see a diverse wildlife and vegetation along the trails and in the nearby camping areas perfect for tent camping.
  4. Swimming opportunity awaits at the secluded beaches along the circuit.
  5. Create lasting memories and great pictures in the many scenic spots of the place.

Full Day Walking Itinerary

The Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit is an 11 kilometre walk that takes about 4 hours or more to complete, depending on how long you decide to stay on the lookouts to admire the views or on the beaches for a dip in the cool blue waters of the sea.

Wineglass Bay Car Park to Wineglass Lookout

Park your car at the Wineglass Bay Car Park and get your gears and walking spirit ready. A somewhat steep climb going to the saddle formed between Mt. Mayson and Mt. Amos is the first obstacle to be conquered. From there, follow aside track that leads to the lookout with stunning views of Wineglass Bay. Along the way are several resting spots that make for great pictures and snacks.

Wineglass Lookout to Wineglass Bay

After feeling your sights with the beautiful view, head south and follow the track that leads to Wineglass Bay itself.Spend some time swimming in the crystal clear waters and white sand beach or just continue walking while taking in the beautiful sceneries around. Keep your eyes open for some wallabies that may have wandered from the bushlands.

"The vantage point from the lookout gives you a gorgeous view of the crescent Wineglass Bay (left) and the promise Bay (right). Right in the middle is the Isthmus and the Hazards Lagoon (Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Bjorn Christian Torrissen"

History Note: Wineglass Bay has had quite a brutal history with whales. Records tell that as early as the 1800s there was whaling in the place. In those days, the bay was polluted with blood and blubber from the hunted migrating whales passing through the area, along with the blood of the many aborigine hunters who used hand thrown tarpons and small wooden boats killed during their clash with these giants of the sea. Learn more about the colourful history of this beautiful bay here.

Wineglass Bay to Southern Hazards Beach

To get to the southern part of Hazards Beach, you need to cross the isthmus. The isthmus is home to several of Tasmania's wildlife like possums and wallabies.

The isthmus is a strip of land surrounded by seas on two sides. On the other two sides are the larger pieces of land that it connects. At some points while crossing the isthmus, you will see the Hazards Lagoon and the dunes.

Southern Hazards Beach to Lemana Lookout and Fleurieu Point

From the southern Hazards beach, Head north to the Lemana Lookout. Follow the beach trail that leads to the lookout and Fleurieu Point overlooking the Great Oyster Bay. Keep your eyes open and your cameras ready for the local seal, bottlenose dolphins and the migrating whales.

"Hazards Bay provides a great coastal walk that is both relaxing and fun, with great views of the surrounding mountains and the wide open sea (Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photo by DieserBenutzer)"

Fleurieu Point to Wineglass Bay Car Park

Follow the Hazards Trail that goes around the Base of Mt. Mayson, which will then lead you back to the car park.

Ever seen a pink mountain? The mountains in this particular area have a pink colour about them. This is because of the pink feldspar that makes part of the Hazards geological composition, along with granite and orthoclase.

Camping

After the short walk, you can head to the following campsites and pitch your comfy tents for a great overnight camping with your friends or family:

Freycinet National Park - The first national park in Tasmania provides great swag and tent camping sites for many visitors to the area.

Wineglass Bay - If you don't want to go far from the circuit, then pitch your swags in Wineglass Bay itself. Here is a blog that outlines A Flemish Girl Down Under's trekking and camping adventures in the area.

Hazards Beach camping Area - Here is another campsite located in the Hazards Beach area.

What to Bring

As in many other walks, you'll have to bring the basic necessities that one will need in a trek, so check your backpack for the following:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Water (bring a lot on hot days)
  • Sunscreen and Insect Repellent
  • Pack Lunch and Snack
  • Cameras and binoculars
  • Swimming Attire (optional)

Climate

The climate in these parts is in general the same with the rest of Tasmania - that is, cool and sunny for most parts of the year. It is windy also especially at the highest points of the trail, so dont bother bringing an umbrella to fight the sun.

What Others Say about the Track

The track is a very popular route that many visitors to Tasmania take. Here are some of the latest comments and reviews from those who have been there themselves or click here for more.

"Amazing Views, Beaches, Worth Doing the Circuit Walk"

"If visiting the Freycinet area, this walk is a must! An uphill slog to the lookout; however, the track is very well maintained and there are ample spots along the way to sit down, catch a breath, and enjoy the scenery and the views from all around (some beautifully crafted wooden seats and well-placed stone slabs - lovely touches by the Parks and Wildlife folks!) I would highly recommend going down the Wineglass Bay itself - the views from the lookout were great, but being the beach was much more rewarding (plus there is more space so you won't feel crowded down there). Lots of birdlife in the scrubs and a cheeky pandemelon was at the Wineglass Bay to greet the walkers. We continued walking along the track through the isthmus and to Hazards Beach then along the circuit back to the car park - about 4.5 hours in total but this included numerous snack stops and lunch breaks." -Cathy17fun, May 2013

"Words cannot describe how beautiful"

"Well worth the climb; I will not soon forget. The climb might be difficult for some, but there are rest stops along the way. The path is well done and easy to navigate.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING VIEWS! -DLDphd, May 2013

"Stunning Wineglass Bay!"

Gorgeous lookout over stunning Wineglass Bay.About 45 mins climb from the parking lot. The climb is quite steep in some places, but can be completed by anyone who is reasonably fit. If you have time, I recommend doing the climb down to wineglass bay which takes 30 mimns-45-mins one way. It is worth the hike - it's probably one of the most stunning beaches I have ever seen - white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and the bush covered mountains rising steeply around it. It's an idyllic spot." -CharmedbyJuno, April 2013

Virtual Tour

Here is a home-made video about Wineglass Bay - the white sand beaches, lookouts and mountains - featuring some wallabies along the way.


Here is another video, outlining the details during and after the tour.


With its rich flora and fauna and abundance of great coasts and bushlands, Tasmania is well on its way to being one of the best places for a hiking and tent camping adventure that everyone - both the young and the young at heart - will surely enjoy.

Photo courtesy from Flickr by Allan Sharp