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Coles Bay

Travel Guide
Wineglass Bay

Set between the pristine wilderness of the Freycinet National Park and a beautiful conservation area, this town on Tasmania’s East Coast is a spectacular getaway.

Explore the crystal clear waters of Coles Bay by kayak and meet the local wombats, quolls and echidnas on a bush walk. Watch the sun setting over the dramatic landscape of pink granite peaks while enjoying a dinner of locally farmed oysters and wine.

Appreciate the tranquility of sleepy Coles Bay from a waterfront camping site, a beach shack or a luxury eco-cabin. Around the township are a number of restaurants where you can savour fresh seafood, tasty drinks and a pleasant ambience.

Start your exploration of the coast’s beautiful wilderness at the Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre at the edge of town. Purchase your pass to the park here and learn through interactive displays about the biodiversity of the area and its cultural value.

Tackle the challenging walk up Mount Amos, one of the mountains known as the Hazards, or do the 31-kilometre (19-mile) hike through the Hazards to Wineglass Bay; plan for 2 to 3 days. Relax for a day at the Friendly Beaches, with white sand between your toes. The beaches lead on to Cape Tourville to the south and Cape Lodi in the north. The park has limited facilities, so always carry enough water and food when you are setting out on a walk.

Follow the coastline on a boat cruise to explore sea caves and visit the remote and stunning beach of Wineglass Bay. Go for a sail or rent a kayak to paddle along the coast and look for dolphins.

Just out of town on Coles Bay Road, you’ll find Moulting Lagoon, where you can see the incredible variety of birds that breed in this wetland reserve. Thousands of black swans come here to moult their flight feathers. Look for songbirds, ducks, eagles and long-legged water birds too.

Drive about 2.5 hours from Hobart or Launceston to reach Coles Bay, a perfect place from which to explore the Freycinet National Park.

Iluka Holiday Centre
Iluka Holiday Centre
2 out of 5
Reserve Road, Coles Bay, TAS
The price is AU$159 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
Situated near the beach, this campsite is within a 15-minute walk of Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Coles Bay. Freycinet National Park is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4/5Very Good! (282 reviews)
"A pleasant surprise! We booked into the Iluka Park for a few quite days enjoying Wine Glass Bay. Was not disappointed"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2021

Iluka Holiday Centre
Freycinet Lodge
Freycinet Lodge
4 out of 5
Coles Bay Road, Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay, TAS
The price is AU$278 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is steps away from Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Marine Farm. Coles Bay is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (971 reviews)
"Beautiful location, very quiet. Lounge area was amazing with log fire, comfortable seating & views to die for. Cabin was tired. Needs a refurbish. Otherwise ammenities were excellent."

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2021

Freycinet Lodge
Saffire Freycinet
Saffire Freycinet
5 out of 5
2352 COLES BAY ROAD, Coles Bay, TAS
Situated in Coles Bay, this luxury hotel is steps away from Freycinet Marine Farm, Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay. Wineglass Bay is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Fantastic experience
"It's a beautiful place to relax and be looked after. The room was lovely and really nice dining. We did the oyster tour dinner would highly recommend thatbif you like oysters. Yum!"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2018

Saffire Freycinet
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Iluka Holiday Centre
Iluka Holiday Centre
2 out of 5
Reserve Road, Coles Bay, TAS
The price is AU$159 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
Situated near the beach, this campsite is within a 15-minute walk of Cape Tourville Lighthouse and Coles Bay. Freycinet National Park is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.
4/5Very Good! (282 reviews)
"A pleasant surprise! We booked into the Iluka Park for a few quite days enjoying Wine Glass Bay. Was not disappointed"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2021

Iluka Holiday Centre
The Bay-great Water Views
The Bay-great Water Views
9 Oyster Bay Court, Coles Bay, TAS
The price is AU$379 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Situated by the sea, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Coles Bay Conservation Area and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sandpiper Beach and Freycinet Marine ...
4.3/5Excellent! (18 reviews)
Awesome stay
"Family friendly and great location."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

The Bay-great Water Views
Freycinet Eco Luxe
Freycinet Eco Luxe
4 out of 5
4 Parsons Lane, Coles Bay, TAS
Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is steps away from Freycinet Marine Farm, Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay. Wineglass Bay is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Beautiful architecture and quiet location very close to the start of the wineglass bay hike."

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2019

Freycinet Eco Luxe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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