At just over 450 metres, Mount Amos in The Hazards mountain range isn’t really that high, but its inclination gets rather steep & challenging. You’ll have to scramble your way up (and down again!) over several huge granite boulders on the upper parts to reach the top. My trusty Wilderness Coffee flask suffered a couple of dents as I clambered along that track… 😉
Tasmanian heat wave
Early January 2013, an unusual heat wave was blasting over Tasmania. The island has a much milder climate than the rest of Australia. Due to its location south of the mainland it’s tempered by the cooler currents from the Tasman Sea and the Roaring Forties. But on the day I climbed Mount Amos, the temperature reached a scorching 37 degrees Celcius. It was one of the hottest days on record in Tasmania. On days like that, it’s a good idea to go for the hills & cool off in the fresh mountain air.
Awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay
Once you’ve braved the hardcore scrambling bit, you’ll be rewarded with some truly awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. And once you’ve made your way down again, enjoy a refreshing swim and a rest on the the spectacular white sands of Wineglass Beach.
I was just in time, as the park was closed the next day because of extreme fire hazard. It was the day when devastating bushfires raged through the nearby Tasman peninsula.
NaturePic Challenge – Mountains # 4: Mount Amos (The Hazards), Tasmania
The Hazards on Freycinet peninsula. Mount Amos is the triangular one second to the right.
It’s a bit of a scramble over steep granite rocks, but the views are worth it!
The iconic view over Wineglass Bay from the top of Mount Amos.
After scrambling up that mountain it was great to cool off in those enticing turquoise waters, and bumble around on that beautiful squeaky white sand beach.
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park is on the east coast of Tasmania, roughly halfway between Launceston and Hobart. It’s a stunning peninsula full of dramatic & colourful granite peaks fringed by rocky bays and white sandy beaches. The village of Coles Bay offers great views towards the Hazards mountain range and is the gateway to Freycinet National Park and its many walking tracks.
Mount Amos is a 3 hour return hike from the Wineglass Bay car park at the end of the road. Wineglass Bay itself is only accessible on foot. It takes about an hour to walk to the beach from the car park.
(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High
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