Add Wineglass Bay to your bucket list – you’ll thank us later

It’s been voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world

View over Wineglass Bay
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If you’re after stunning scenery and picturesque beach practically all to yourself – then look no further than Tasmania’s Wineglass Bay. Found nestled deep in Freycinet National Park, this stunning curved beach is consistently rated one of the best in the world and a must-visit destination. 

Walking trails lead you to this sandy white beach, with a 45 minute walk to the lookout and another 90 minute walk down to the water. Once you’re there you’ll be greeted with perfectly white sand and crystal clear water, surrounded by rugged Tasmanian bush. You really can’t ask for anything more. 

If you want even more adventure, you should hike up the nearby Mount Amos for a spectacular 360 degree view of Wineglass Bay. Standing at the 445 metre high summit, your breath will be taken away from the views of the forest, shimmering water and pristine sand below you. That said, it’s no walk in the park and you’ll have to hoist yourself up over crevices and shuffle over slippery rock faces to get to the top. Trust us when we say you’ll want good shoes for the climb.

But if walking isn’t your thing and you want a bit more luxury, then there are a range of boat cruises or yachts that will take you to Wineglass Bay instead. Check out Wineglass Bay cruises or Freycinet Cruises if you’re after private or small group charters. 

Where to stay in Wineglass Bay

After a day of exploring the stunning Freycinet National Park and world-famous Wineglass Bay, treat yourself and relax in Saffire Freycinet. It’s taken out the title of the world’s best luxury hotel and constantly tops the list of best hotels in Australia – so you know it’s good. It features 20 private suites, a luxury day spa and a world-class restaurant. If you want to go all out, you can’t go past their private pavillion rooms with heated private plunge pools and the option of a chef coming to you to cook you dinner. 

If that’s to exxy, then take a look at Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavilion. The rooms feature outdoor bathtubs and either have coastal views or are surrounded by lush forest; either way you’re winning as you pop the champagne and soak in the bath. 

What to wear when you’re exploring Wineglass Bay

It’s a bit of a walk down to Wineglass Bay, so throw on some activewear to make the hike that little bit easier. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll want to change into your swimwear and jump right in to the stunningly clear water!

Getting to Wineglass Bay

Driving from Hobart to Wineglass Bay takes around 2.5 hours. Click here to find out how to get there. 

All you need to know about Wineglass Bay

Where: 2.5 hours out of Hobart
When: Open year round
Cost: Free entry