Just a city girl who dreams of dusty trails and endless oceans.
Published August 24th 2017
Discover your inner mountain climber in Freycinet NP
Home to one of Tasmania's most famous icons, Freycinet National Park is famous around the world. The picturesque and almost unnaturally perfect Wineglass Bay brings visitors from around the world. While you can take the easy road and drive to the bay, climbing Mt Amos for one of the world's best views is much more rewarding.
The first of the granite rock faces that form part of the trail
It took us four hours to get to the tip and return, including a half hour of picture taking. I'm certain fitter and more practised hikers/climbers could do it in 2-3. Although short, the trail combines mostly hiking with some climbing over granite rock faces near the top, and really suits intermediate to experienced hikers.
A leisurely 3-hour drive from Hobart, the walk begins in the Freycinet National Park carpark. At first, the going is easy, taking you along a gravel track on a slight incline. After around a kilometre, the trail gets harder as you approach the top of the tree line. There is plenty of rock scaling and amazing views as you make your way towards the summit.
This track gets less traffic than the Wineglass Lookout Walk, particularly during the summer time. You definitely need solid hiking boots on this trail, and you must never attempt it in the rain. You should also pack for weather changes; we began our trek in sparkling sunshine, then as we left the summit it absolutely bucketed down. It made for a very unsafe descent. Keep a keen eye out for the trail markers, they can be hard to spot.
To get to Freycinet National Park, follow the A3 all the way to the C302 turnoff on the right. This road takes you to numerous accommodation options if you want to stay the night, as well as a few cafes. The area is well signed and easy to find. For more information, check out the Parks Tasmania website here.