Hazards Beach (T 170) is named after the mountains, not because it is necessarily hazardous. An hour’s walk round or over The Hazards ridge is required to reach the beach. The beach is Wineglass Bay’s western twin, and the two beaches form a 1.5 km wide isthmus tying the Freycinet Peninsula to the mainland (Figs 4.30 & 4.31). The 3 km long southwest-facing beach is sheltered within Great Oyster Bay and usually receives low refracted swell and wind waves. Occasional higher waves do form rips, particularly along the southern half of the beach. The rip holes are spaced about every 200 m and may persist for weeks after a high wave event. The northern half is partly sheltered by Refuge Island and receives lower waves and usually has reflective conditions. The beach is backed by a 50-100 m wide, 5-10 m high, vegetated foredune, including some inner vegetated blowouts. The Isthmus Track leaves the northern end of the beach for Wineglass Bay while the beach track uses the beach to reach the peninsula. There is a campsite at the southern end of the beach.
Beach Length: 3km
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