As I was browsing the website of Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, I came across this page on 60 Great Short Walks. One of them was Wineglass Bay Lookout, touted as one of Tasmania’s iconic lookout points. Which was why I planned 2 nights in the east coast instead of heading straight for Launceston.
There were 2 walks to choose from. Being amateur walkers, we opted for the 3km one over the 11km Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit. It meant missing out on one of the greatest beaches in Tasmania. But we know our limits. We actually contemplated going on a cruise but the cost for 8 of us was almost A$1,000. Way too expensive.
First thing we did was to get our national park pass from the visitor centre near Coles Bay Village. We had exactly 8 persons so we qualify for the A$60 holiday pass per vehicle. This allowed us to travel into all national parks within Tasmania.
We parked our van at the Walks Car Park and started the 40min hike up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout.
We were all famished by the end of the walk. A short drive brought us to Freycinet Lodge, where we woofed down our lunch of soup, mussels, burgers and pasta at Richardson’s Bistro. We were so engrossed in eating that we did not take any photos of the food nor the view of Great Oyster Bay.
After a very satisfying lunch, the girls wanted to go fishing. Rods were provided back at the cottage and the supermarket at Coles Bay Village sold fish bait. We were all set to go. Took the advice of the supermarket cashier and drove to Bicheno, where the fishing is supposedly good.