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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.

Freycinet Lodge
Freycinet Lodge
4 out of 5
Coles Bay Road, Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay, TAS
The price is £151 per night from 2 Jun to 2 Jun
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! (964 reviews)
"Superb position, superb views, excellent activities."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2021

Freycinet Lodge
Freycinet Resort
Freycinet Resort
4.5 out of 5
1799 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay, TAS
The price is £148 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in the mountains, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Coles Bay Conservation Area and Freycinet Marine Farm. Sandpiper Beach is 2 mi (3.3 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"Beautiful location with stunning views. Continental breakfast was the perfect start to the day. Lovely staff."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Freycinet Resort
Iluka Holiday Centre
Iluka Holiday Centre
2 out of 5
Reserve Road, Coles Bay, TAS
The price is £74 per night from 18 May to 18 May
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! (263 reviews)
"Cabin was quiet and close to Hotel for good meals. Bathroom was very compact! but everything worked well."

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2021

Iluka Holiday Centre
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.
Waterfront With Ocean & Mountain View. Free Wifi. 1 Minute Walk to Beach
Waterfront With Ocean & Mountain View. Free Wifi. 1 Minute Walk to Beach
97 Esplanade, Coles Bay, TAS
Situated in Coles Bay, this holiday home is steps away from Freycinet National Park Visitor Centre, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Coles Bay is 0.2 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Beautiful and convenient location. Great communication.
"It was comfortable, convenient and the location was perfect. We arrived late in the dark and the descriptive instructions were very helpful."

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2021

Waterfront With Ocean & Mountain View. Free Wifi. 1 Minute Walk to Beach
Stunning Views, Wifi, Waterfront Location and Wood Fire
Stunning Views, Wifi, Waterfront Location and Wood Fire
Unit 1 / 58 Jetty Rd, Coles Bay, TAS
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is steps away from Sandpiper Beach, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Coles Bay is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) ...
Stunning Views, Wifi, Waterfront Location and Wood Fire
Freycinet Eco Luxe
Freycinet Eco Luxe
4 out of 5
4 Parsons Lane, Coles Bay, TAS
Situated near the beach, 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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