Day 5 Wednesday 20 September Freycinet National Park

Today was awesome – we went to Freycinet National Park, which is on the east coast of Tasmania and is on a peninsula. Our drive from Swansea Cottages took about 50 minutes. We parked our hire car and headed off on one of the trails, the Wineglass Bay track for a 40-minute walk up to the Lookout. Patrick walked all the way and Henry rode in the backpack on Steve’s back. There was a dirt track and also many stone steps cut into the mountain as we made our way up to the top. We had some lovely views out over the Great Oyster Bay on the way up. When we reached the lookout, we had an awesome panoramic view to Wineglass Bay and across to the granite mountain range known as the Hazards. We could see white stretches of sandy beaches against the stunning blue of the water. This perfectly sums it up: “Wineglass Bay, which is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world, a flawless crescent of dazzling white sand and sapphire-coloured sea, set against pink and grey granite peaks is one of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments.” There are several walking trails, including one that is 30km long and a suggested walking time of two days; as well as lots of secluded sandy beaches, fishing, sailing, luxurious lodges etc that makes Freycinet Peninsula “an adventure of pure indulgence”.
We stayed at the top enjoying the view and taking a well-earned break from the relatively steep climb. We looked down on a helicopter that was delivering construction supplies halfway down the valley to repair the continuation of the Wineglass Bay Track down to the beach. While at the lookout enjoying our morning tea, a rock wallaby appeared and was scavenging for food amongst the people there.
We tore ourselves away from the view and made our way back down the steep track, part of which went back a different way from the way we came up.
Then, we drove to the Cape Tourville Lighthouse, which is an unmanned, automatic lighthouse built in 1971 by private contractors. The road, along with the power lines, was built through a eucalypt forest with minimal disruption to the National Park. From the carpark, we had a short 10-minute walk to the Lighthouse and once again, had magnificent views out to the Tasman Sea and back to the white sand of Wineglass Bay Beach.
Then we drove to the seaside holiday village of Coles Bay, where we enjoyed our lunch with a magnificent view overlooking Great Oyster Bay and up to the pink granite mountains, the Hazards – Mt Amos, Mt Dove, Mt Baudin and Mt Parsons. After lunch, we walked down to the jetty and once again were amazed at the crystal clear aqua-coloured water – we could see why this is a great summer holiday destination for swimming, kayaking and fishing.
On the way back to Swansea we stopped at Devil’s Corner, which is a winery and a restaurant and had a viewing tower with great views over Great Oyster Bay.
We had afternoon tea back at the Cottage and then Patrick, Steve and Henry played tennis while Katharine and Sandy went to get some pies for dinner and then Katharine played tennis with Patrick and Steve for a while too. Then we all went for a walk down to the beach at the end of the property before returning to our Cottage to put the pies in the oven to have with mashed potato and vegies.
Patrick’s favourite thing about today: “The wallaby at the top.”
What an absolutely awesome day we have had!


One Response to “Day 5 Wednesday 20 September Freycinet National Park”

  1. Maria Hughes says:

    Loving following your adventures every day and the photos are beautiful too, love from us xxx

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