Wednesday, 3 December 2014

23 - 24 November 2014 - Coles Bay & Freycinet Peninsula

We left St Helens early after doing a quick load of washing as the weather was good but was going to change. We drove the 120 km to Coles Bay, continuing south down the east coast of Tasmania. We checked into the simple caravan park just inside Freycinet National Park. The caravan park is small and run by the National Parks so has minimal amenities. It looks like a lot of places in Tasmania you have to pay for showers which are then timed. This does not impress Vlasta so this time we are using our own shower!

As the weather was so good we packed a sandwich and headed to Wineglass Bay which is one of the most visited places in Tasmania. We walked up the mountain to the lookout onto the bay which is over the knoll from the carpark. This was quite a climb but it was worth it. We took lots of pics, along with tons of tourists, and then had our sandwich. We decided to descend to the bay itself and then do the Hazards Beach circuit walk back to the car park - an 11 km walk. The bay was devine with ice cold turquiose water with very white sand. After dipping our feet in the sea we headed out on the circuit walk which ended up being quite tough with lots of ups and downs. We stumbled back to the carpark to be greeted by a couple of wallabies looking for food. These animals were so tame you could actually pat them! We headed home to a G&T before having a shower and soup for dinner. We had walked for 5 hours so got some really good exercise. Just before going to bed we found a possum munching leaves at head height in a nearby tree. This fellow was pretty tame and we could get within a metre of it.

Rain started in the early morning so we did not get up too early. We had breakfast and chatted to a French couple who were visiting their daughter who lives in Sydney. We then headed to the lighthouse to see the views. On the way home we went to Coles Bay to get a few groceries including rolls and liver pate for lunch. The afternoon was spent on our photos before having drinks and snacks with our neighbours all rugged up against the cold. We felt lazy so ended up at the local tavern for a seafood curry before retiring for the night.

Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay lookout
On wineglass Bay
A fern growing on Wineglass Bay beach
Wetlands between Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach
Hazards Beach
A small cove on the Hazards circuit walk
Hazards circular walk
Freycinet Peninsula

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