Another Short Walk

We have been at Freycinet National Park in pretty good weather, it has hit 31 and no rain in sight. The decision was made to scale the track leading to the lookout over Wineglass Bay. This is a walk from the Short Walks book! It took us a little over 2 hours there and back. It was basically uphill from the start, lots of steps but a spectacular view from the top. Coming down was a bit demanding on the knees of both of us, but the whole return trip was well worth it. Most people walk to the lookout as we did, a few will continue down the other side to the water’s edge for a swim/picnic or to camp overnight and return the next day. Whilst it was quite warm and at times sunny the was a lot of haze which did not show the Bay at its postcard pic best. I had a lot of goes trying to get the picture just right  and did not succeed,  need more skills and practice  behind the lens.

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay

After descending we set off on a short drive to see some of the side walks and also the Cape Tourville lighthouse, where there is another Short Walk! This one wanders for 600 metres along the cliff top on a boardwalk, bit of a drop off here and there, Leanne stayed back and allowed Allthego to complete the circuit. Great little walk.

Coastline at Freycinet

Coastline at Freycinet

From Cape Tourville Lighthouse at Freycinet

From Cape Tourville Lighthouse at Freycinet

After this little drive around we headed off the Kate’s Berry Farm which is near Swansea about 50k south of Freycinet . It is up in the hills and has this wonderful view down a valley and across Great Oyster Bay  to the Hazzards which is the group of mountains making up the Freycinet Peninsular. We indulged ourselves here on a French crepe with a berry compote and ice cream, just great could have eaten two of these. Dropped in at a vineyard on the return trip and tasted a few wines. Hmm a  rather good Pinot Noir.

Looking down the valley and across to the Hazzards (the Mountain Range) at Freycinet NP.

Looking down the valley and across to the Hazzards (the Mountain Range) at Freycinet NP.

Allthego  (or is it Kermit) at Kate's Berry farm

Allthego (or is it Kermit) at Kate’s Berry farm

Back at camp it was dinner and an early night for the next days boat trip to Wineglass Bay. The day dawned  and it was overcast and gloomy but no rain. Thankfully the rain held off and we had a great boat ride around the coastline to Wineglass Bay catching some wildlife along the way, birds, eagles, fur seals and TWO WHALES. It was  a little disappointing to be in the Bay with the weather a bit off and not seeing the crystal clear water, against white sand and blue sky. But it was a great trip anyway. Leanne enjoyed the bouncy ride back through the waves and chop, spray going everywhere.

Some rocks

Some rocks

The two sea caves are linked, water goes in the one on the left and comes out the one on the right

The two sea caves are linked, water goes in the one on the left and comes out the one on the right

Wineglass Bay and  Mt Freycinet

Wineglass Bay and Mt Freycinet

The 'Nuggets' off the Freycinet Peninsular

The ‘Nuggets’ off the Freycinet Peninsular

We now head off to St Helens and the Bay of Fires further to the north. We have had 3 reasonable weather days here at Freycinet and it seems that it is improving.

About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on October 23, 2013, in Tasmania. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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