…Tasmania is packed with National Parks. There are 17 in all on this island. One of the most visited and famous ones is Freycinet National Park, situated on the east coast of Tasmania. It was hardly on my list of things to do while in Australia, or even in Tasmania, but many people from the hostels I’d stayed in had gone there to see Wineglass Bay, and it seemed like the right thing to do.
The view from there meant we could see the tips of the three mountains/hills overlooking Wineglass Bay. Wineglass Bay itself would be on the other side. We didn’t ponder too long there though, it was time for Joseph to drive on round to the main car park at the Wineglass Bay entrance.
We saw the entry point to Mount Amos. Walkers and hikers have to sign in, so we did. It said 3 hours return to the top and for experienced walkers. It better be worth it we thought as we started the trek up, which at first was very easy.
We saw a few small Bennett’s Wallabies on the first part of the path. They were very tame and friendly and I was able to snap them on route. We continued on up following the pink ribbons as, at points the route wasn’t entirely obvious.
We passed a few other people on the way up and took a few water stops. And some decent photography shots, of images looking back towards Coles Bay and what we described as a “fake wineglass bay”, or “beerglass bay”, basically it has a unique shape like a glass as well and if you’ve never been, you could fool someone with a photo thinking Coles Bay was actually Wineglass Bay!
We got to some type of pineapple tree, there were mini pineapples in abundance.
Unfortunately none of us are real experts in fruit growing (we all worked with vegetables) and we didn’t know if it was actually a pineapple tree or not. There was no time to dwell on that though, as we passed a couple who confirmed we were not even half way up to the top yet!
It was still a massive climb and with shoes not really suited for it. I wore my white Adidas shoes, which have lost a lot of grip over the year I’ve had them. The weather on that day was good – not too hot so that we sweated badly and not too cold, windy or wet that we had problems climbing. It was perfect, actually.
As we got closer to the top there were a number of slippery moments on the pink sloped rocks. There were a few wet patches, but it was genuinely OK and it got even better when we met an English guy and his girlfriend who said we’d gone past the worst bit. He was right. Very soon we were at the top part, on the side opposite Wineglass Bay.
All it took was to walk over to the other side and admire the view. And it was special! Something else. A beautiful ocean blue water lent calmly onto the yellow beach on an Autumn Day (it was March 2010) here on Tasmania’s East Coast. We had seen Wineglass Bay, and it looked immense.
We had lunch at the top and hung around there for just over an hour. The weather was decent – not boiling and not windy or cold. Marina and I had a glass of wine each – I had a wineglass with me.
It had to be done – wineglass by wineglass bay. Soon our view and experience from the top of Mount Amos had come to an end and we had to negotiate our way back down the tricky mount. Of course it was quicker going down, and once at the bottom we had a quick stop.
We signed the book to confirm we had completed the walk (took us around 4 hours, which included a full hour to ponder at the summit of Mount Amos). We had something to eat and then decided to do the walk directly to Wineglass Bay itself, before dusk would arrive and we would head home.
The walk was much easier this time – not much up and down paths – it was fairly direct and I think it took us just 50 minutes to arrive at the beach at Wineglass Bay.
I got my swimming trunks on and went in for a swim. It was beautiful. Cold, by Australian standards.
Hot, by Northern Irish. I had a very quick dip and felt refreshed after the trekking.
Marina and I shared another wineglass moment there, with her case of Goon Wine which I had carried in my ruck sack.
Marina and Joseph didn’t go in for a swim. I really wanted that moment though and savoured it. It was a breath of fresh air on a day off from the broccoli cutting. It has been described as one of the world’s top ten beaches before.
An Australian couple noticed me taking pictures and assumed I was a traveller, they were right. They asked because they had seen a wallaby on the beach eating leaves, and thought I’d be interested. Of course I was.
So Joseph and I went over to the wallaby. It was just relaxing on the beach. We were pretty close and could have touched it. But we didn’t want to scare it away. I made a video of it and took a few photos.
After a few minutes the wallaby hopped away, and we decided to leave and enjoy the walk back to Joseph’s car. The walk back took a wee bit longer – I guess we had gotten tired through the day.
On the walk back, Joseph and I decided to climb up the steps to “Wineglass Bay Lookout”, the only scenic point on the walk. Once up to the top there, the view was very poor.
We were happy with that, as the effort to climb to the top of Mount Amos had been worth it. Wineglass Bay looked amazing from up there, from this alternative and lazy lookout point, it looked crap. It wasn’t even worth going to it to check!
The rest of the walk back featured some excellent rock faces, which looked pretty amazing in the day’s aging sun. Arrival back at Joseph’s car was well before dusk.
That meant we had time for two final things on the drive home – a stop off at Lake Leake – one of the fishing lakes and nature reserve areas on the way back.
The second stop off was for gas for Joseph’s car (much cheaper than petrol/diesel) and soon it was dark, we arrived in Devonport back to the hostel we all stayed at, and we were tucked into bed early and ready for another day of work ahead.
Key Song – Louise Nurding – The Best That You Bring
WINEGLASS BAY FROM THE TOP OF MOUNT AMOS:
WALLABIES AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT AMOS:
SOUTH SIDE SUMMIT, MOUNT AMOS: