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The Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit is a Family friendly loop track that combines most of the popular shorter walks like Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach. Most of the trail is fairly flat except for the steep climb up to Wineglass Bay lookout but its well paved with steps and not too difficult. The lookout gives you amazing views of Wineglass Bay, Mount Graham and Mount Freycinet. After the lookout you descend a natural staircase to the spectacular Wineglass Bay beach. Its then a flat trail across the Isthmus through Baksia, She-Oak and Coastal Gum forest and crossing a boardwalk over the lagoon. A short clamber over a dune brings you to the beautiful Hazards Beach which is safe for swimming. Walk along the sandy beach to pick up the trail which then follows the peninsula affording stunning views of the coastline back to the carpark. This walk is the best day walk in Freycinet and incorporates spectacular beaches, amazing views and lovely coastal vegetation.
This walk is within the Freycinet National Park. The low, marshy isthmus across which this walk takes you is an unusually wide and well developed tombolo-dune barred lagoon system. This isthmus is composed of Holocene sand and alluvial deposits and also has low hills of weathered granite which are distinct from the bare granite outcrops of the Hazards and Mount Freycinet-Mount Graham mountains.
About the region
Jutting out into the sea on Tasmania’s mild east coast is the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula. Freycinet National Park, which consists of knuckles of granite mountains all but surrounded by azure bays and white sand beaches, protects a superb array of plants and animals. The scenic beauty of the area attracts many visitors each year. It also offers a wonderful range of activities and is a popular place to camp, particularly in the summer months.
From Tasman Highway (A3) take road C302 to walking tracks car park inside Freycinet National Park.
- Park entry fees apply.
- Picnic and toilet facilities nearby.
- Steep uphill climb and a rough path descent.
- Supervise children, unpatrolled beaches, hazardous cliffs, stay within barriers, steep track – not suitable for those with heath issues or restricted mobility.
- No pets, firearms or bicycles.
- During the peak like summer, holidays and weekends the park is extremely popular so get there early 8am to 9am to get a spot in the car park otherwise you will have a long walk back to your car! You also avoid the crowds with the walk up to the lookout.
- Pack a bathing suit as there are swimming opportunities at Hazzards Beach. The northern end of Wineglass is a little rough so I wouldn't swim there.
- Pack bug spray for the summer months as mosquitoes and March flies can be a pest.
- Take enough water with you for the entire hike as there is no freshwater along the way.
Max elevation: 204 m
Min elevation: 3 m
Total climbing: 480 m
Total descent: -480 m
For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania