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In our ongoing running reviews, we'll be checking out some of our most-loved running tracks and jogging trails. Although we’ve been focusing on Melbourne, this week we take a slower-paced look at walking around Tasmania’s Wineglass Bay.
We’ll consider the nature of the workout, any interesting features, and a range of other notes and thoughts that we find worthwhile.
Track: Wineglass Bay
Distance: 3km / 9km / 20km
Location: 401 Frecinet Drive, Frecinet TAS 7215
Wineglass Bay is one of the most photographed attractions on Tasmania’s spectacular east coast, and with good reason. This walk brings together some the finest views Freycinet National Park has to offer.
The walking track starts out at Coles Bay, which is situated on the northern side of Freycinet National Park, about 200km from Hobart. From the car park, the first section of the walk consists of a steady 1.3 km climb through ‘the Hazards’, between the granite peaks of Mount Amos and Mount Mayson. Sunrise and sunset are the best time to capture the stunning pink glow of the granite stone, a special feature of Freycinet.
Despite some steep sections, a well maintained gravel track makes for a pleasant hike to the lookout platform, where you can take in the stunning views out across the picturesque Wineglass Bay and Mount Freycinet. The walk to the lookout takes around 30-45 minutes.
You can then continue and descend the trail down to the crystal waters and white sands of Hazards beach. For the shorter walk, taking around 2.5 hours, you can then return up the trail, retracing your steps to the car park.
If you want to do the full Hazards Beach circuit, which takes around five hours in total, turn right down the beach and follow the track to the northern end of the beach. You will then pick up the coastal trail that runs for 6km back to the car park at Coles Bay. This path snakes through numerous picturesque coves, perfect for a lunch stop or a swim on a warm summer’s day.
Depending on which course you take the workout does vary.
All tracks include a steady incline, but with a well-made path it’s both enjoyable and manageable. Of course, the track can be completed in a leisurely manner suited to your physical experience and ability.
For something a little more challenging, the longer tracks may be a better choice.
The additional benefits.
Aside from the non-stop stunning views, Freycinet National Park also offers camping and accommodation both in and around the parklands. From basic camping to luxury eco-retreats, there’s something to suit your preference if you planning on staying to soak up the scenery a little longer.
The National Park itself also offers a range of facilities whetheryou’re stopping through or staying longer, including a visitor centre, shop and outdoor theatre. These are in addition to regular amenities like electric barbecues and picnic tables.
This walk really does capture some of the best scenery that Tasmania has to offer, and with a variety of distances to choose from, no one needs to miss out. It’s definitely worth a trip across the Bass Strait.
Be sure to watch this space. We’ll be back soon with another running review, to give you the facts on Melbourne’s best tracks.