Wineglass Bay - Isthmus Track -
|This is a very popular spot and one of the must visit places for
Tasmania. We did the Wineglass Lookout walk some 10 years ago.
This time we decided to do a longer walk. We would repeat
the Wineglass Bay Lookout walk and continue on down the hill to
Wineglass Bay beach., across to Hazards Beach via Isthmus Track then
back to the car park using the Hazards Beach Walking track.
The walk up to the lookout was as hard as usual, but the views looking back towards Coles Bay were great. At the lookout the views down to Wineglass Bay were fantastic. The walk down to Wineglass Bay was reasonably easy, given there were over 800 steps involved in getting to the beach. In this section we found an Yellow Rock Orchid in flower and a Hyacinth Orchid in good bud. Always a good walk when we see orchids along the way. Looking back up the hill, I was quite happy not to have to return via that path. The rest of the walk may be longer but so much flatter, so it should be much easier. And it was! The Isthmus Track was quite flat and well formed. The drought really showed as the Hazards Lagoon was stone dry. It was close to high tide when we reached Hazards Beach so there was only a relatively small walking zone along the foreshore. At the end of the beach we encountered the beautiful red/orange coloured rocks. This was the point where we headed up beach to join the Hazards Beach Circuit Walk Track. Along the path we also found some Duck Orchid colonies. There were many ocean view points as we walked the track so when time and opportunity arose we took time out for lunch. Yes, we took longer than the signs suggested we should take, but we had a great time taking lots of photos of great scenes and even orchids, plus we had a casual lunch along the way. A totally enjoyable day out.
|You need a Parks Pass to do this walk - you can get one on-site at this blue box.
|Hopefully being updated!
|Start of the walk
|Park sign showing our walk
|Approximate time for fit young people.
|High tourist area - need for good signs!
|The walk really begins
|The first of many steps
|Track to the look-out
|We will come back via this track
|Nice views back to Coles Bay
|Steps, steps and more steps
|A kangaroo is startled
|A nice viewpoint. A turn around point for some
|Another panorama of Coles Bay
|Turn-off to Boulderfield Junction
|Our way forward
|Toothache Rock - my name, it deserves a name
|At the top
|Turn left for the track to the look-out
|Interesting additions to the paved area
|Wineglass Bay Panorama
|Not slippery this time, but yes it's steep!
|Yellow Rock Orchid
|Steps and more steps
|View through the trees of Wineglass Bay
|Another orchid - a Dipodium or Hyacinth Orchid in bud
|Wineglass Bay access point
|Yes, someone had a swim and found it quite cold in the water
|New and good!
|Isthmus Track - the next section
|Hazards Lagoon - dry as!
|Panorama - Hazards Lagoon
|Hazards Beach ahead
|Great place to rest and watch the waves break
|The way ahead
|Passed by and overtaken - you can walk either way around
|Lovely red rocks
|Up the hill back to the car park via the coast
|So dry looking!
|Refuge Island and Promise Rock
|Ah! an orchid
|Unexpected - the little Duck orchid in flower
|Close up - Little Duck Orchid
|Technically the - Paracaleana minor
|A great spot for lunch
|More duck orchids
|A sign - must be near the main track now
|Yes, that's our car.