This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Coles Bay. To help you make friends with Coles Bay before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Coles Bay is the gateway to the stunning Freycinet National Park and the world-famous Wineglass Bay. Situated at the top of the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania, this quaint seaside town offers a range of things to see and do from bushwalking, kayaking, boat tours, and food and wine tasting.
Hostels are not very prominent within the Coles Bay region, so book early to avoid disappointment, especially in the summer months. You can get to Coles Bay from any of the major Tasmanian city centres using the Redline Bus Services or by hiring a car, which is the easiest way to get around Tasmania. Shuttle buses do operate from Coles Bay into the National Park to the walking tracks if you do not have your own car. If you do have a car with you, national parks fees will be applicable upon entering the park. Amenities within the region are basic; you should visit grocery stores or banks early as the local businesses close early.
Not to be missed is the famous Wineglass Bay overlook, but do walk down onto the beach itself if there is time, as spectacular white sand and different wildlife are often found on the beach there. Completing the circuit going via Hazards Beach is also a beautiful walk, which allows you to see both sides of the peninsula. For those interested in overnight hiking, the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit walk is thirty kilometers and heads over the Hazard Mountains to Mount Freycinet for another spectacular view of the bay.
Written by local enthusiast for Coles Bay hostelsGlobetrotter