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At just over 450 metres, Mount Amos in The Hazards mountain range isn’t really that high, but its inclination gets rather steep & challenging. Once you’ve tackled this part of the hike, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula.
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… 😉
The Hazards and 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.
It’s a bit of a scramble over steep granite rocks, but the views are worth it!
Mount Amos hike
The Mount Amos hike is a 3 hour return walk from the Wineglass Bay car park, at the end of the road from Coles Bay towards Freycinet. Wineglass Bay itself is only accessible on foot. It takes about an hour to walk straight to the beach from the car park.
Count on at least 5 hours for the round trip to the top, down to Wineglass Bay and back again to the car park. It’s well worth it!
The iconic view over Wineglass Bay from the top of Mount Amos.
Awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay
Once you’ve braved the hardcore scrambling bit up the pink granite boulders of Mount Amos, you will be rewarded with some truly awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. When you’ve made your way down again, enjoy a refreshing swim and a rest on the spectacular white sands of Wineglass Beach.
Squeaky beach with turqoise water
After scrambling up and down the mountain it’s great to cool off in those enticing turquoise waters, and bumble around on that beautiful squeaky white sand beach.
Freycinet & The Hazards map
This handy interactive map shows the locations in the pictures above and around the area. You can also click on the icons, and zoom in for more details of the walking track itself.
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.
I was just in time. 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.
The Hazards on Freycinet peninsula. Mount Amos is the triangular one second to the right.
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Mountains & Volcanoes – Mount Amos (The Hazards), Tasmania
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