During our three months travelling around Tasmania, we managed to tackle a lot of incredible adventures here.
One of our absolute highlights was the Mt Amos hike in Freycinet National Park.
We’d heard a lot about this walk (our local mate even told us it was his favourite short hike in all of Tasmania), so when we started driving our way down the east coast we made sure to lock in a couple of days here to do the climb.
Not for the fainthearted, the Mount Amos walk is a short yet steep rock trail that navigates its way up polished granite boulders, through native bush and onto the summit, where hikers are rewarded with panoramic views over Wineglass Bay and the southern section of the Hazards Mountains on the east coast of Tassie.
We knew the vistas would be incredible, especially if we got good weather, so we decided to take the challenge of climbing Mt Amos for sunrise.
Mount Amos Hike, Freycinet National Park
- Time: 3 hours
- Distance: 3.6km return
- Difficulty: Moderate (Not safe in wet weather)
Our alarm went off at 3:45am, and despite the freezing weather and darkness, we got dressed in our hiking gear and headed to the base of Mount Amos.
Leaving the van in the car park, we grabbed our cameras, some water, headlamps, extra layers and started the Mount Amos hike.
The trail started out quite easy, and with the beams from our head torches illuminating the path, we pushed through bushland before gaining altitude.
Soon enough we hit the first granite section, and following the reflective yellow markers on the rock slabs, we traversed across and up the boulders.
At times we found ourselves almost on all fours, struggling to grip to the granite mountains in the early morning mist.
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The sky was dark and visibility low, so we took our time walking the slippery Mount Amos track.
As we neared the summit the bushes became more dense and the wind picked up in ferocity.
With a final push we crawled over the final boulders and reached the peak in just over an hour.
The wind was harsh, cutting right to the skin in the freezing temperatures, and we found shelter under a large rock while we waited for the sun to come up.
There were a few early risers up there already, all photographers, and as the landscape began to light up below us we all snapped…