Freycinet - Wineglass Bay
Travel Update Summer 2020: Most destinations, sites and parks reopened with limitations. Check the official websites and read our crucial ‘BEST TIME TO GO' and ‘AVOIDING THE CROWDS’ tips:
Regarding the weather, Freycinet and Coles Bay are a year-round destination with a mild climate. The sunlight for Wineglass Bay Lookout is best at midday. The bay looks even better from Mount Amos with fewer people. The pink granite peaks "The Hazards" look best at sunrise and sunset when it glows bright and brilliant. However, the park is very popular and crowded during the summer from December to February. Read on to get more information for each season to experience the park with fewer crowds.
Cape Tourville and Lighthouse:
- Southern Right Whales can be spotted from June to late October.
- Humpback Whales from May to July and September to November.
Weather and Crowds by Seasons
Spring (September, October, November)
Low and Shoulder Season! Already pleasant temps although on average below 20°C. Nights are cold around 6°C to 8°C which is chilly for camping. It rains less on the eastern side of Tasmania, but October and November are a little wetter. September and October are great months to avoid crowds. November is a little busier but still bearable.
Summer (December, January, February)
Peak Season! Temps are above 20°C and can increase to more than 30°C at daytime. Rain can occur more likely in December while January and February are drier. You'll have many hours of daylight. Keep in mind that the sun is powerful. During summer with extreme fire danger trails may be closed. From mid-December to mid-February Freycinet is utterly overrun. Campsites and accommodations are fully booked especially in the park. Advanced booking is recommended. For hiking arrive early to get a parking place especially if you plan a longer trail. For the Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk come early morning or late afternoon when most of the visitors already left the park.
Autumn (March, April, May)
Peak and Shoulder Season! Crowds thin out until Easter. If possible, avoid this crazy time of the year. Pleasant temps at daytime although May is a little cooler on average around 15°C. Expect already one-digit night temps. A warm sleeping bag for camping is necessary. It’s a perfect time for hiking at the Freycinet Peninsula.
Winter (June, July, August)
Low Season! Winter daytime temps are often mild and pleasant for hiking on average around 12°C but chilly at night with temps around 3°C. There is less precipitation during the winter, but weather can change quickly, be prepared when hiking. If you can manage colder temperatures and you like to avoid the crowds, this is your season. Plenty of affordable accommodations are available.
Where to Stay or Camp
Big 4 Iluka Cabin
There are plenty of accommodations around Freycinet at Coles Bay. However, these are not enough during the peak season. If you like to spoil yourselves in walking distance to the beach, we highly recommend the apartments of Eagle Peaks at Freycinet. A low budget alternative, especially for families, is the BIG 4 Iluka. Cabins are well equipped, and you can pitch your tent as well. Reservations are advisable. They are usually fully booked during the peak season.
Where to Eat in the Freycinet National Park
Don't miss the family-run Freycinet Marine Farm with the freshest seafood. You can choose from steamed mussels, scallops, and oysters deliciously prepared. Open during the peak season from 9-5 pm and from June-August from 10-4 pm.
We’d like to inform you that forests that are increasingly at threat of logging in the northeast of Tassie, including the Blue Tier Giants, from April 2020 are taken out of reserve status. We will lose old grown forests in Tasmania. The Blue Derby Wild, The Friends of the Blue Tier, and the residents are fighting for their forests, but it looks like we all lose this hidden treasure trove. If you like to support the Blue Tier Giants share and comment on our article.
The Wineglass Bay is located in the Freycinet National Park which was declared in 1916. Freycinet is home to rugged coastline, pink granite peaks, secluded beaches, and the famous Wineglass Bay Walk. The Bay is one of the most beautiful places on the entire planet. The area has cultural importance with protected Aboriginal and European sites as well.
Freycinet offers several well-marked hiking trails, 4 of the 60 great short walks of Tasmania, number 53-56. If you like hiking it is a must to do one of this hikes to get an impression of the beautiful landscape.
- The short one-hour trail to the Wineglass Bay Lookout is mostly crowded except early morning and evening.
- Viewer people hike to the top of Mount Amos which offers a much better view of the Bay (2-3 hours return for roughly 4 km). Mount Amos is not an easy hike rather rock scrambling to the top. Wear appropriate shoes. Watch the sunrise or sunset here and bring a torch and additional batteries.
- The 11 km long circuit trail lasts around 4 hours with a break and a dip in the sea at Hazards Beach in summer.
- The Freycinet multi-day trail is 31 km long and leads through the whole peninsula. A permit is required. It is an easy and popular hike in summer and autumn. If you plan to hike this trail at this time of the year you need to get the permit many months in advance.
- Another gorgeous beach is Friendly Beaches; you can walk here for hours.
For the multi-day hike, a pair of gaiters is recommended to protect the lower legs for scrubs and snake bites. Snakes are common within Freycinet.
Camping in the Freycinet National Park
From December 18th until February 10th and Easter these sites are always fully booked. There is a high demand, and a ballot system is used. You need to apply for a campsite or RV site until July 31st. The rest of the year you can get in contact with the visitor center for booking: (+64) 03 62567004 More information for camping and the ballet system in the Freycinet National Park
There are 3 basic campgrounds within the National Park along the hiking trails:
- At the southern end of Wineglass Bay
- At the southern end of Hazards Beach
- Cooks Beach
Another 3 well-equipped campgrounds with facilities and electric BBQ are close to the visitor center located:
- Ranger Creek
- Richardsons Beach (only here powered sites available)
- Honeymoon Bay (open during peak season only in summer and Easter)
Free basic camping is available at the Friendly Beaches; Isaacs Point with pit toilets only.