During my weekend getaway in Tasmania, I knew I wanted to see Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park. I had seen pictures of the sparkling blue water, so was very excited to see it! Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and it was very rainy and overcast. Still, it was great to see and I had a nice time as a guest of Wineglass Bay Tours.
The day started out with an uncomfortable incident with a fellow passenger. The bus was set up with two seats on one side and one on the other. A solo female was sitting in one of the two-seaters, leaving my friend, Michaela, and I unable to sit together. Since there was an open one-seater right across from her, I kindly asked if she’d have any interest in switching so Michaela and I could sit together, and told her if not no worries. She immediately got upset and threw a fit about not wanting to move, so I said: “seriously no worries at all, you don’t have to move!” She then proceeded to throw off her seatbelt, grab her stuff, push past us, and throw it down in the other seat huffing and puffing as she went. We then had to sit across from her for the next 12 hours… The only reason I said something was because normally, as a solo traveler, I would much rather have a single seat and not be squished next to someone I don’t know. She caused such a big scene for no reason, she could have easily said “actually, I’d rather stay in my seat,” and that would’ve been the end of it.
After that awkward start, we were headed off to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay! The tour guide proceeded to pull down a video screen which I thought was a really good idea for long day tours like this. He told us we’d be watching a video on Tasmanian Devils, which seemed fitting. The movie was a bit graphic for me though. It literally showed Tasmanian Devils fighting, a female being used as a “sex slave” (the movie’s exact words), and a live birth. Admittedly, I am a bit of wimp, but the movie was a little much for me and I think it made quite a few other people on the tour uncomfortable as well.
Our first stop was at a little beach. It was a good break in the journey and allowed us to use the restrooms.
Next, we made a quick stop on the side of the road at a wallaby sanctuary. The lady runs it out of her home and cares for any wallabies that have been abandoned or orphaned.
It was really cool to get to feed them by hand and actually pet them!
There was even one with a baby joey in its pouch!
We stopped a little while later for another bathroom break and some food at a bakery. Our guide raved about the curry scallop pie that we had to try, apparently a staple in Tasmania. Sadly, when we got there, the bakery was sold out of them. Michaela and I split a shepherds pie and caramel slice instead. We probably shouldn’t have as we stopped for lunch only 25 minutes or so later.
Our “lunch break” was right before the entrance to Freycinet National Park. Our guide dropped us off there and headed into the park to sort out our passes. Unfortunately, it was only 11 am and we had just eaten, so Michaela and I weren’t really hungry. Also, most of the places didn’t open till 12 for lunch, so it was kind of awkward timing.
Our guide returned and we packed up and headed into the park, first stopping at the visitors center to wait out the rain. After some good luck, the rain ceased and we headed to the base of the Wineglass Bay hike.
The hike up was fairly steep, I did find myself a little winded (could’ve been the Tasmanian wine from the night before). It’s 3 km roundtrip and can be done in about an hour.
Even though it was cloudy and we didn’t get to see the bay sparkling blue like it usually is, it was still beautiful.
There were so many wallabies in the national park! They were very friendly and not afraid of humans at all! And very obliging for photo ops 😉
We then hiked back down and headed to Honeymoon Bay.
Lucky for us, there were 3 seals playing in the water right in front of us! They were so cute and happy to put on a little show,
And the sun decided to finally show up, creating some great lighting on the water! I’ll be the first to admit my photos weren’t too great from this day, they’re all very grey from the weather.
After, we headed to Cape Tourville which was a much easier hike that Wineglass Bay, and personally, I thought it was prettier too. During whale season, you can sometimes see them breaching from here!
After collecting one of the tour members who chose to do the longer hike down to Wineglass Bay beach, it was time to make our way back to Hobart. The sun was just starting to set, and luckily we had enough time to stop and watch it at Friendly Beaches. The colors were just beautiful, it was a great end to the day!
Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park were great to see, but I wish the weather had been better for us. I’ve learned you can’t count on the weather when traveling though! To book with Wineglass Bay Tours, visit their website here.
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