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“A Must Visit Spot”
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Coles Bay
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Full-Day Tour to Wineglass Bay from Hobart
Ranked #10 of 23 things to do in Freycinet
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

A must visit spot on the east coast. The walk to Wine Glass Bay is stunning - a great view and well worth the steps you need to climb.

There are a few place son the way to WGB that you can take a rest and enjoy the views.

Coles Bay is a great little town with a good café - spend some time walking around this picture post card spot.

The is accommodation at Coles Bay and also some good accommodation and food options in both Swansea and Bicheno.


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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Coles Bay Bakery/fish shop/IGA Service Station (next to Iluka Tavern).
Being a Tasmanian, and this area being on my doorstep, I have now stopped taking our frequent visitors here as the prices, service and standard of food are abysmal. This set up gives others in the area a very bad name. Last visit (last week) was with my brother to the bakery. Had to wait 30 mins for 2 egg & bacon rolls which were inedible when they finally arrived. It's pretty hard to cook egg whites so badly that they defy cutting. This unfortunately was not my first bad meal but it will certainly be the last.
I advise anyone visiting this stunning area to fill up on fuel at Bicheno or Swansea - last week unleaded petrol in Swansea was $1.63 - $1.99 at Coles Bay with diesel over $2.10!!
All this aside - the walks, scenery and beaches are well worth visiting.

2  Thank 29OAK
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

As there is no where to purchase food in the National Park itself we went to Coles Bay in search of lunch. Came across the Bakery/Cafe etc. The ham/salad roll was Ok not great but the egg & lettuce sandwich my husband had was awful. Bread was stale lettuce brown. He ate one half but threw the other away. Unfortunately by the time we realised all this, we were sitting at Cape Tourville Lighthouse car park too late to drive back. Would not recommend at all. We also purchased a sweet slice - not good either! Take food in with you if you don't want to go to one of the restaurants. Think there was a convenience store but that seemed to be it for Coles Bay.

4  Thank SKI51
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Quiet in September, this little town is the gateway to the freycinet peninsula. It's just outside of the national park and has lots of accommodation options. Mostly self contained cottages and beach houses. Muir's beach is beautiful for a stroll. Too cool to swim in September though. I recommend staying here if visiting the National park.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

My 12 y.o son and I just returned from 3 days walking & camping in Freycinet National Park. The terrain was at times challenging, the beaches beautiful and the scenery spectacular. It is a rare mix of mountain and coastal hiking. We walked in to the west, around the base of Mt Mayson past Fleurieu point - choosing this route because our packs were at their heaviest and the track is relatively flat. Once we hit Hazards Beach, the going was easy and we made camp an hour before sunset at the southern end of Hazards Beach. The next day we made an early start with an arduous climb and hike across Mt Freycinet and Mt Graham. We were tired and footsore by the time we walked into our second campsite at the southern end of Wineglass Bay. A good feed, a breathtaking sunset and a decent nights sleep and we were refreshed for the walk out the next morning. Walking the length of Wineglass Bay took only 25 minutes, before we set about climbing the saddle between Mt Amos and Mt Mayson. The view back over Wineglass Bay leaves an indelible parting memory. Tips: you cannot rely on finding drinking water in the park - you have to carry in all the water you need for drinking & cooking, although there is some brackish water clean enough for washing, etc. Make sure you have a first aid kit with plenty of elastic bandages as the risk of sprains & snakebite (in the warmer months) is real. Keep food & rubbish bagged up in your tent at night as the possums are fearless.

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