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Wineglass Bay Discovery Tours

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Published November 18th 2021
Clear waters and white beaches among other Tasmanian gems
Originally from Italy, Alex has been living in Tasmania for over 20 years and is passionate about the beauty of his beloved island state. He owns and operates a tour company taking visitors on an 11-hour journey from Hobart to Wineglass Bay via the historic township of Richmond.

Richmond
Historic township of Richmond


richmond bridge
Australia's oldest convict-built bridge


We were picked up from a meeting point, just opposite our hotel at 7am on Tuesday morning. Leaving the capital city, Alex drove the three of us across Tasman Bridge and through Coal River Valley. A small group experience is guaranteed on these tours with the maximum size being just 11 people.

Orford
On the way to Orford


We arrived in Richmond about half an hour later and stopped to see Australia's oldest convict-built bridge. Believe it or not, this famous bridge is still in use today!

Raspins Beach
Raspins Beach


Maria Island
Maria Island


We then proceeded to the east coast of Tasmania landing at Raspins Beach in Orford. Here, we enjoyed views of Maria Island and listened to stories about its fascinating past. If you've walked along Hobart's waterfront, you'd surely recall the Louis Bernacchi bronze statue. Louis was the first Australian to winter in Antarctica, but I'll leave it to Alex to explain the scientist's connection with this untamed island.

Freycinet National Park
Driving towards Freycinet National Park


After a quick stop at a bakery, we headed on to Freycinet National Park where the breathtaking Wineglass Bay awaits. Our destination was the bay's lookout and a well-constructed uphill track with numerous steps took us there in less than 30 minutes. Though not overly steep, I think visitors do need to have at least some bushwalking experience under their belt before attempting this hike. The total walking distance is only about three kilometres. Its clear water and white beach truly make for a rewarding view. We spent plenty of time at the lookout taking photos and chatting away before heading back down the hill. If you prefer not to do the hike, Alex can drop you off at Honeymoon Bay for some R & R instead.

Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay


wineglass bay lookout hike
While heading downhill - does this look like anything in particular to you?


We also visited Cape Tourville and Friendly Beaches while in the national park.

Honeymoon Bay
Honeymoon Bay


Honeymoon Bay
Honeymoon Bay


Cape Tourville's 600-metre circuit offers remarkable coastal views from the cliff edge. Wildlife such as seals are often seen too, so be sure to bring your binoculars. Unlike Wineglass Bay Lookout, this track has a flat even surface suitable for wheelchairs. Everyone in our group completed the walk easily.

Cape Tourville
Cape Tourville


Cape Tourville
Cape Tourville


The long white sandy beach of Friendly Beaches is a beautiful sight to behold. If time permits, I would suggest going on a slow amble along the beach letting sand get between your toes.

Friendly Beaches
Friendly Beaches


Instead of a Honeymoon Bay picnic lunch, we decided to stop for some seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm. I had their grilled Tasmanian garlic scallops and it was delicious. The great thing about this tour is that the itinerary can be as flexible as you'd like it to be, with the support of your travel companions, of course.

Freycinet Marine Farm
Freycinet Marine Farm


Tasmanian scallops
Grilled Tasmanian garlic scallops


Journeying back through Swansea, Alex pulled up at the hugely popular Kate's Berry Farm where we got to indulge in amazingly mouth-watering homemade ice cream. Boysenberry was the recommendation, so we gave it a try and were definitely not disappointed. For just $6 per cone, the serving was indeed very generous. Other produce such as jams, sauces, jellies and chocolates were also available. But, unfortunately, my Jetstar baggage allowance would've been exceeded if I'd purchased much more.

Kate's Berry Farm
Kate's Berry Farm


Boysenberry ice cream
Boysenberry ice cream


Overall, I believe this tour is good value for money. It costs $115 per adult and $105 for concession. My Tassie Holiday Voucher made it even more affordable to experience these top Tasmanian gems. Do contact Alex by phone on 0412 636 463 or via email at alex@wineglassbaydiscovery.tours next time you're in Hobart. More information about Wineglass Bay Discovery Tours can also be found through his website.
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Why? Clear waters and white beaches among other Tasmanian gems
Phone: 0412 636 463
Where: Departing from Hobart
Cost: $115 per adult, $105 for concession
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