Start: Mount Amos car park
End: Mount Amos car park
Time taken: 3-4 hours
USP: Breathtaking views of Wine Glass Bay
Distance: 4km (very steep climb up and back down)
Half way between New Zealand and Australia. That’s how a few people had described Tasmania. Not geographically (although it kind of is) but in terms of the scenery and vibe. A lot of space, a lot of farms and some amazing hikes.
With the Easter long weekend and Kat’s parents in town from the UK, we booked a flight and headed over to check it out. We settled on Freycinet National park as our target area, 2 hours from Hobart and stayed in a charming fishing town called Bicheno, a few kilometres North of the park.
Doing our research on Freycinet, one hike kept popping up. Mount Amos. It’s a granite formation that rises out of the National Park to 454 meters and is one of three ‘mountains’, which make up the formidably named ‘Hazards’. From reading other people’s trip reports we knew the climb up and down were going to be tough, but the views from the top, overlooking Wineglass Bay, sounded well worth the effort.
It was a hot day so we checked our water supply, stashed some snacks into packs and petted the extremely friendly Wallaby that came to say ‘hi’! We were ready to go.
The walk starts in a busy car park, full of tourists, mini busses and coaches, but the majority of flip-flop wearing day trippers opted for some of the easier (but still great) walks to Wineglass Bay, leaving the trail to the summit relatively quiet.
The walk starts easily enough, following clear sign posts and heading up some well spaced steps, through head high scrub. Crescent Honeyeaters mingled with New Holland Honeyeaters in the bushes around us and already the view over Coles Bay was impressive.
It didn’t take long to reach the climb proper and ‘climb’ is definitely the right word. The route heads straight up the steep, bare slopes of Mount Amos. Sections of extreme ‘up’ are linked with some easier single track that traverses the slope to the next scramble.
With good walking boots the granite provides a lot of grip, but we had to watch out for areas where rainwater had worn the rock smooth, creating some slicker patches that needed all four limbs to safely negotiate. Note, it’s not recommended to do this hike after (or during!) rainfall as the rock becomes as slippery as an eel.
Higher still and there are some fun, but challenging gullies to navigate, needing a fair bit of concentration. You can get so focused on the route you forget to turn around and take in the view, but when you do, it’s incredible. Freycinet spreads out below to the right, while Coles Bay sparkles to the left.
One more technical section at the very top and it’s job done. The view is definitely just reward as Wineglass Bay comes into view. A stunning crescent of white sand, with turquoise water and on the day we visited, a pod of 12 Dolphins playing in the shallows. Luckily our binoculars gave us a good view otherwise we might have missed them from such a height.
After all that effort to reach the top and with such a great view we were in no hurry to leave so we took the time to grab some photos, eat our lunch and wander around taking it all in.
With the sun starting to dip and the light softening we headed back down the way we came. Down was no easier than up and on some sections there was nothing to do but slide down on our bums.
If you’re in the area this is a must do hike. It’s challenging but doable for anyone with decent footwear and a moderate level of fitness. Take your time, enjoy the views and watch out for the slippery patches!