Located on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay is one of the most photogenic beaches in Australia. This crescent-shaped beach of dazzling white sand and sapphire-coloured sea is considered among the top ten beaches in the world.
Wineglass Bay is a good hour’s hike from the Parsons Cove car park, but it’s from the saddle track over the jagged granite peaks called “The Hazards”, that one can have the best view. From this vantage point you can see the beautiful curving, brilliant white sand beach, with a foreground of bright blue water, and background of dense green vegetation.
The beach itself is 1.7 km long and curves round in a northeast-facing arc. Waves are relatively low averaging 50 cm to 1 m in height and decreasing into the southern corner. They surge up a steep, white sand beach face, with no bar and deep water right off the beach. The beach is backed by a low vegetated dune, which forms the eastern side of the 1.5 km wide isthmus bordered in the west by Hazards Beach. Indigo Creek occasionally drains across the more protected southern end of the beach, with boats often moored off the corner.
To the south of Wineglass Bay are 20 km of exposed steep, rugged, pink and grey granite shoreline bordered by 100m high Cape Forestier in the north and 60 m high Cape Degerando to the south.
Winglass Bay is a great location for fishing, sailing, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock-climbing, or simply soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery. With secluded sandy beaches, luxurious eco-lodges, it has become a favourite honeymoon destination for couples to escape and relax away from the rest of the world.