The Hazards – Scrambling up to prehistorical views

The Hazards – Scrambling up to prehistorical views

Last update: 15 November 2020

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… 😉

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. 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.

Steep granite rocks, Mount Amos, The Hazards, Tasmania, Australia
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 to the beach from the car park.

Awe-inspiring views over Wineglass Bay

Once you’ve braved the hardcore scrambling bit up the pink granite boulders of Mount Amos, you’ll 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.

View to Wineglass Bay from Mount Amos, The Hazards, Tasmania, Australia
The iconic view over Wineglass Bay from the top of Mount Amos.

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.

Coles Bay, The Hazards, Freycinet peninsula, Tasmania, Australia
The Hazards on Freycinet peninsula. Mount Amos is the triangular one second to the right.

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(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

Mountains & Volcanoes – Mount Amos (The Hazards), Tasmania

This post was originally published as NaturePic Challenge: a series of pictures of epic nature and places that will induce a natural high 😉

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