Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, TAS. © Tourism Tasmania & Chris Bray Photography

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. This flawless crescent of dazzling white sand and sapphire-coloured sea set against pink and grey granite peaks is one of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments. It’s the perfect location for fishing, sailing, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock-climbing, or simply soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery. Wineglass Bay has become a favourite honeymoon destination for couples to escape and relax away from the rest of the world. With secluded sandy beaches, luxurious eco-lodges, and fine Tasmanian cuisine, Freycinet Peninsula is an adventure of pure indulgence.

Wineglass Bay is part of the Freycinet Peninsula, an outcrop of wild, pristine coastland on Tasmania’s east coast. The entire peninsula, comprising Friendly Beaches, Wineglass Bay and Schouten Island, is encompassed within the Freycinet National Park.

An almost perfect curve of pure white sand fringed by turquoise waters has earned Wineglass Bay a reputation as one of the top ten beaches in the world.

Equally beautiful are the wide deserted beaches and aquamarine shallows at Bryans and Cooks beaches on the western side of the peninsula facing Great Oyster Bay. On the eastern side of the Freycinet Peninsula there are soaring sea cliffs, secluded coves, and dramatic ocean beaches. The remarkable pink granite peaks known as The Hazards guard the peninsula at its northern end, and to the south is uninhabited Schouten Island.

Wineglass Bay is just a short walk from the camping grounds at Coles Bay. The walk to Wineglass Bay involves an uphill climb through The Hazards to a rocky lookout, followed by a downhill walk to the beach. It takes around two hours to walk to Wineglass Bay from the entrance of the Freycinet National Park.

The award winning Freycinet Experience Walk is a four-day guided walk covering the entire length of the peninsula including Wineglass Bay. The peninsula was home to the Oyster Bay Tribe of Tasmanian Aborigines for at least 20,000 years. Some of the tracks are paths walked by the area’s original Aboriginal inhabitants thousands of years ago. Learn about the French explorers who first discovered this paradise. Watch for wildlife including white-bellied sea-eagles, quolls, wallabies, wombats and Tasmanian devils.

Set off on a scenic cruise where you might be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins or migrating whales in season. Take a 4WD to the cobblestone shore of Bluestone Bay or Cape Tourville Lighthouse for unforgettable views.

The area is also renowned for its deep sea fishing, rock climbing, scuba diving and mountain biking. A scenic flight reveals the whole breathtaking panorama from above.

Taste crayfish, scallops and fresh oysters picked straight from some of the world’s cleanest waters, complemented by Tasmania’s internationally acclaimed cool-climate wines.

Relax in your luxury lodge watching the sun set across the water and you will feel truly in touch with the beauty and depth of nature.

Wineglass Bay is approximately two and a half hours drive north of Hobart or south of Launceston.

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