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An iconic Freycinet visitor experience viewing one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Wineglass Bay, is set to be improved by the Parks and Wildlife Service this year.

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said an Urban Renewal and Heritage Fund project worth $410,000 will see the existing Wineglass Bay lookout replaced and enlarged to provide an improved visitor experience.

“Freycinet is the most visited national park in Tasmania and this walk is one of, if not the most, visited attraction with up to 140,000 visitors each year,” Mr Wightman said.

“The replacement of the existing timber lookout, which is nearly 20 years old, will complete a major upgrade of the track to Wineglass Bay that began in 2006.

“The track has been widened, the grade is more moderate, more seating was installed and the track surface improved.

“People are encouraged to take their time on the walk and there has been a substantial reduction in the number of injuries on the track, all of which has vastly improved the Wineglass Bay walking experience.”

The replacement of the lookout along with track improvements from the saddle to the lookout will provide a totally different experience.

A short section of track will be re-routed to better manage traffic flow to the lookout. The new 80 square metre lookout will be benched into the side of the mountain and be constructed of concrete and gravel, replacing the existing elevated timber structure of about 16 square metres.

The lookout will be built on two levels, with the retaining walls providing seating, and the steel handrail will be similar to the existing rustic steel handrails on the ascending part of the track.

The new lookout will require much less maintenance than an elevated timber structure, be more resistant to damage by bushfires and have a life expectancy of about 100 years.

Construction is expected to start after the Easter holiday and continue through winter when visitation is at its lowest point. There will be temporary closures of track sections for construction and the many helicopter movements that will be required.

Iconic Freycinet tourism experience to be improved

The stunning view of Wineglass Bay is a must-see for many visitors to Tasmania.

Iconic Freycinet tourism experience to be improved

A section of track from the saddle to the Wineglass Bay lookout. This structure will be replaced by a concrete and gravel path.