Walking to Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula is great but sailing to it is sublime; number 48 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Patrick Maguire, adventuring whisky distiller.

Wineglass Bay – not exactly a secret anymore. But approach it by water instead of by the 2.5-hour walk overland, and you’ve joined the one per cent of visitors to the area that actually see the famous Freycinet coastline from the water.

The incredible colours of the rocks and beaches looking back at the curve of mainland make a fabulous contrast to the more usual views from terra firma and, in fact, it was an unexpected highlight for Tassie local Patrick Maguire.

“Last year, I was part of the delivery crew for Magic Miles – a 62-foot cruising boat for the Sydney to Hobart,” he remembers. “The weather came up and we spent a night sheltering in the bay. It was just an opportunity to really chill out.”

Maybe you can’t nab yourself a spot in the next race, but a handful of companies do offer sailing in the area, like Wineglass Bay Cruises, which can take you for a four-hour jaunt.

For that ‘wake up to the wilderness’ experience Maguire enjoyed, you can also hire an Ocean is 41 yacht from Sail Freycinet, crewed by husband-and-wife team Graeme and Kathryn, and spend a few days pottering around the peaceful, leeward waters of the area as you fancy.


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