Wineglass Bay Lookout, Coles Bay

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Trail · Lookout
A gentle walk of about one hour, leading through lush vegetation abundant with native wildlife, takes visitors to Wineglass Bay Lookout, situated within the Freycinet National Park. As you proceed along this trail, take a few moments to rest on the wooden furniture designed and built by local architecture students. As you catch your breath, keep an eye out for wombats and wallabies peeking out from behind the surrounding bushes. From the top, you can see not only the crescent of the wineglass-shaped bay (hence the name), but also green hills and mountains stretching into the distance. In addition to taking photos from here, you can explore other trails before returning to the bay. Work out when and for how long to visit Wineglass Bay Lookout and other Coles Bay attractions using our handy Coles Bay planning site.
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  • I have reviewed the walk up to the Lookout previously. The lookout is several platforms added to the top of the hill so people can view the coastal area called Wineglass Bay. We walked on a rather...  more »
  • The level 4 walk tested me as an asthmatic but the view from the top was magic. And we’ll worth the effort. I was impressed with the respect awarded to the natural environment with the construction...  more »
  • This is not the easiest walk – it’s a 45 minute slog up a steep hill, with little shade. But the track is good, and safe, and we saw many young kids make this along with their grandparents, while more than few couples had small children on their shoulders. There are no toilets, or water, once you start the walk, so, make sure you’re prepared for up to 2 hours in the sun, though most should be able to complete the mostly one way round circuit in about 90 minutes. Keep a close eye on the weather. You do not want to be doing this walk in a thunderstorm, or on a very hot day. But, if you want classic pictures of the sweeping white sand beach and green/blue sea, you need a sunny, clear day. Weather changes fast here, and can be very different on the ocean side, so, if it looks like it’s sunny and clear, rearrange your plans and get going if you want the classic pictures. But beware – the tourist shots you see are not taken from the lookout but from Mt Amos, which is a much harder walk, without a defined track in parts, and beyond the abilities of many. The view from the lookout is good, but not as good as Mt Amos. Finally, don’t make the mistake we did and effectively do this twice. The lookout is just a 5 minute diversion from the track to Wineglass Bay and the Hazards. If you’re already doing this walk, then there’s no need to make a separate hike to the lookout. The lookout track branches off the main track, after you’ve already done the hard slog up! However, if you then fancy a quick walk down to the bay itself beware, this is a steep 1,000 step hike. There’s plenty of parking at the base, and multiple spillover areas nearby if this fills up. And there are toilets and fresh drinking water at the start of the track.
  • Visited when it was cloudy but it was still worth the visit. The hike to the lookout was easy. Took us about 40 mins. However you can venture down the beach if you like. That would take a total 3 hours to and back. Either way both is a good way to experience wineglass bay :)

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