Freycinet National Park is a stunning and breath-taking place to visit in Tasmania, Australia it is a perfect destination to visit for both hikers and non-hikers with different walks to suit all abilities. While the more easy and short walks can get quite busy with tourists you can be sure to find a more secluded area on the many more walks in Freycinet.
There is a fee to get into the park as it is with most national parks in Tasmania, the fees are fairly reasonable considering how much there is to see and do. It’s not a set price for all there are different options available to suit everyone, you can pay per person or per vehicle for up to 24 hours or 8 weeks. I decided to pay for a 8 week pass for a vehicle as i was visiting other national parks as well, so the pass cost me $60 but make sure you keep the pass in your vehicle on display. The money made from these passes go towards the upkeep of the parks so it’s for a good cause. I will leave a link below to the website for full fees and conditions. http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=914
First I headed to wineglass bay lookout which is very popular with tourists and a fairly easy walk all the paths are signposted so its easy to find your way around. It can get a bit steep at times so don’t rush if you’re not used to walking and take loads of water and sun cream. Next was the wineglass bay its self plus the hazards beach circuit. It was quite steep to walk down but the track was easy to follow and again every spot was signposted so even if you didn’t have a map it was unlikely you’d get lost unless you really ventured off the track. Once i made it to the secluded wineglass bay the views were spectacular and the sand so soft and relaxing and i couldn’t resist going for a quick swim. I spent about 1 hour just sitting down and taking in all the views and having some dinner.
After reluctantly leaving wineglass bay I continued my walk to Hazards beach which was the easiest section of the whole walk all flat and on a proper footpath the only thing I would say is if it rains it can become quite slippy so be careful. Reaching hazards beach that was just as beautiful i continued along the sandy beach to the last part of my walk. The track back to where i started at the car park, this was a little bit more strenuous it followed alongside the coastline so the views were always beautiful to look at.
All in all the wineglass bay and hazards beach circuit walk was very enjoyable and stunning and I’m very glad I had the opportunity to visit and explore. If i was to grade this walk myself for difficulty i would say 3/5 mainly because you must have a good level of fitness as it’s a fairly long walk with steep sections. The whole walk took me about 6 hours as i took my time and i did spend a while at wineglass bay as do a lot of other walkers it’s hard to resist with such amazing views.
What I had in my backpack:
- Mini first aid kit
- Mosquito spray
- Sun cream/sun glasses
- plenty of water
- packed lunch
- waterproofs (just in case)
If you want any more information about this walk or any of the other walks that Freycinet national park has to offer visit. http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=3363