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Wineglass Bay Attractions

The Wineglass Bay region along with Tasmania's south and east coasts offer a choice of must-see natural attractions for honeymoon couples who appreciate great natural beauty, including the following…

Freycinet National Park

Choose from a range of hiking trails to explore this stunning peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches and dry eucalyptus forests, located on Tasmania’s east coast. Along the way experience some of Tasmania’s most interesting wildlife.

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Coles Bay

Sitting beneath the pink granite mountains at the entrance to Freycinet National Park and overlooking Oyster Bay, Coles Bay is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, boating and fishing. It is also a good base for exploring the national park.


Scuba dive the deep fissures, caves and sheer rock walls among sponges and sea whips; relax on white sandy beaches; or explore the coast in a sea kayak or glass-bottomed boat. Walk to Rocking Rock to see the blowhole or take a penguin tour to Diamond Island Nature Reserve.

Discover waterfalls tumbling into tranquil lakes and river ravines at nearby Douglas–Apsley National Park or take a wine tour and sample east coast wines while dining on fresh seafood such as crayfish, abalone and Australian salmon.

Schouten Island

Explore this remote 3400ha island by foot, hiking past eucalypt forest and across heathland to Mount Story (400m). Look out for fairy penguins, short-tailed shearwaters and Australian fur seals, which seem to prefer the eastern side of the island.

Hike to cliffs overlooking sheltered bays and snorkel or swim from Schouten Island Beach, a pleasant bush-fringed beach located on the northern coast. Kayak around the island, looking out for bottlenose dolphins, exploring sea caves and resting on secluded beaches along the way.

Huon Valley

Thrill to a jet boat ride up the Huon River or cruise upriver on a paddleboat through the habitats of pelicans, sandpipers and many other waterbirds. Cast a line for trout in the valley's many rivers or hike the Huon Trail through waterways and wilderness into the sheltered bays of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.

Tahune State Forest

Experience a bird’s-eye view of the forest from 48m above the forest floor on the Tahune Forest AirWalk. Walk among the treetops past rare species, some found only in Tasmania, such as King Billy and celery top pine, myrtle, beech, blackwood and sassafras.

The walkway extends for around half a kilometre over the Tahune State Forest and Picton River. Later go bushwalking, fishing, white water rafting or fly like an eagle in a secured hang glider 70m above the forest and Huon River.

Hastings Caves

Discover magical chambers on a tour through the large, highly decorated cavern of the 40-million-year-old Newdegate Cave. Within the spacious and well-lit cavern lie flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites – tendrils of calcite that grow in all directions in tiny filaments.

After touring the caves, relax in the nearby thermal springs – luxuriant, warm, clear, naturally occurring pure spring water maintained at 28C degrees year round and surrounded by forest and ferns. Enjoy a picnic or take a forest walk along the Hot Springs Track to the convergence of two streams: put your hand in the water to feel the warm current from one stream meeting the cold current from the other.

Cockle Creek

At Australia’s southern-most point discover a tiny seaside settlement nestled among the tranquil coves of Recherche Bay on the edge of Tasmania’s Southwest National Park.

Explore pristine beaches and natural wilderness along many excellent trails. Take a short stroll around the foreshore to a whale sculpture and interpretation sign that explains the bay’s whaling history. Continue on to the Fishers Point Navigation Light and Pilot Station ruins or take the track to South East Cape for stunning cliff-top views of the Southern Ocean and Maatsuyker Island.

Within the town you can explore Aboriginal sites, abandoned tramways, gravestones and ruins. Cockle Creek is the entry point to the Southwest National Park and the South Coast Track – one of Tasmania’s great bushwalks.

St Marys

Drive up into the mountains to Elephant Pass for spectacular views along the coast. Indulge in delicious, European-style crepes at Mt Elephant Pancakes – a quirky restaurant nestled in the mountains, then continue on to St Marys, a small township nestled beneath the impressive rocky outcrop of St Patrick’s Head (694m).

Although just 10km from the coast, the town climbs 600m above sea level. Visit nearby waterfalls, go fishing at Lake Leake, do some bushwalking in Douglas Apsley National Park or climb to the top of St Patrick’s Head or South Sister Peak for stunning forest and coastal views.

Browse the craft galleries and see the original railway station (1866). Head to nearby Cornwall Wall and take the Heritage Walk to the Coalminers’ Heritage, a monument to the miners who hand-tunnelled a coal mine beneath the Mount Nicholas Range.

Bruny Island

If time allows, spend a day exploring the island’s fascinating history of sealers, whalers and explorers, all the while looking out for wildlife. Stroll through the gentle countryside of rolling farmlands and tall trees, along the wild coastline past quiet beaches and roaring surf, and see wildflowers and rare bird life.

Head to the Bruny Island Lighthouse, located on a wild and windswept cape overlooking the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean. Stroll along one of many spectacular cliff-top walks in South Bruny National Park and look out for short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins (also known as fairy penguins) at The Neck Game Reserve. >

Climb up from the dunes to the Neck Lookout, offering stunning 360-degree views. Here you’ll find a memorial to the indigenous Nuenonne people who lived on Lunnawannalonna (Bruny Island) before European settlement.

Port Arthur

Explore the evocative Port Arthur Historic site, Australia’s most intact convict site, which was home to approximately 12,500 convicts from 1830 until its closure in 1877.

Join a 40-minute guided walking tour around more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored homes then cruise to the Isle of the Dead for a guided tour of Port Arthur’s island burial ground.

Later, discover scenic views from Eaglehawk Neck over Pirates Bay and visit the impressive coastal rock formations including the Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and the Blowhole.

Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park, located just an hour’s drive north-west of Hobart, is best explored on a number of easy-to-follow bushwalks. Discover the three-tiered, 45m-high Russell Falls, one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Australia, easily reached on a 20-minute circuit track from the Visitors Centre.

Or try the four- to eight-hour hike to the stunning Tarn Shelf overlooking Lake Dobson, which in April and May is ablaze with the gold, red and orange foliage of Australia's only winter deciduous tree, the endemic fagus.

Latest update: Best Attractions in Wineglass Bay: 28 January, 2019

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