We drove 3hrs from Hobart to Freycinet National Park to climb Mt Amos. At the visitor centre we bought our park passes and talked to the ranger about the foreboding grey clouds overhead. She warned us about a possible afternoon shower and to turn back immediately if rain arrives. The trail can be dangerous during wet weather and now that I’ve completed the walk, I can certainly see why.
We began at Freycinet National Park car park and after several lubrications of sunscreen, we began on a dusty well marked path. The sign cited several warnings like “arduous and difficult, slippery rock slabs, substantial hazardous risks” and so on. We shrugged it off and continued on the path.
The Mt Amos track is a continuous uphill slog. The further we climbed, the more difficult the trail became. We navigated bulky boulders and scaled large granite rock faces, scrambling on our hands and feet. In some sections it seemed like we were climbing at a 50 degree incline up the mountain.
Every now and again we would turn around get glimpses of the beautiful view of Coles Bay, all the way to Swansea.
The trail is dotted with small arrows guiding the track. The sections of the mountain with a faded white rock face was very slippery, I assume from rain smoothing the rock over time, avoid if possible!
The grey clouds had cleared by the time we got up to the top and “wows” were exclaimed all around. We had a 360 degree panorama and notably the best viewpoint of Wineglass Bay in all of Freycinet National park. The stunning vision before us was definitely worth the hard effort!
Going down the steep mountain can be tricky, in some sections you are on your bum and hands which I found kind of fun at times. The trail is marked ‘hard’ but to compare in terms of difficulty, I believe that the Mt Amos trail is less difficult than Cradle Mountain summit.
Mt Amos Walk Information and Tips:
- Recommended to wear proper hiking shoes
- Do not attempt this climb during wet weather
- Hike is not recommended for younger children or elderly
- Bring enough water, we went on a hot day and sweat bucket loads
- Although the trail is only 4km, the time it takes to reach the top is approximately 1.5hours, depending on your level of fitness (3hr return, although allow additional time to enjoy the amazing view at the top)