Freycinet on a good day

Last time we visited Freycinet National Park (pretty much the same time of year 2009), the weather was overcast and so looking around or into the distance for any features of this spectacular area was absolutely futile. So this year we kept our eye on the weather and on the third day of our Swiss visitors stay with us, we declared it was an outstandingly clear day. So we said to our friends, this has to be the Freycinet day!

So down the highway along the coast road toward Bicheno we sped, of course observing all speed limits. Our car was sporting the latest National Parks pass sticker from Parks and Wildlife. With the pass we can visit all parks without having to stop and buy separate tickets each time and a two-year pass saves money.

The first walk you can do is a piece of cake but then if you wish to see the famous Wineglass Bay on foot, is all hard work. I felt like I did when walking the steps to Burma’s highest Stupa. Once there the reward was a picture perfect view of the bay.

We passed a few young people who were climbing up with heavy backpacks as their final destination after reaching the summit was to go down to Wineglass Bay and stay the night camping. Not a blemish on that beach and the reward for them would be waking up the next morning in a pretty perfect place.

We walked over the red granite mountain and cliffs. Here is Surapon lending a helping hand.

I discovered that this is the very same red granite that I have on my kitchen benches in Binalong Bay.

Binalong Bay is only about one hour away yet all the rock and mountains around us are black and white flecked granite. Surapon standing among the massive rocks we passed on our walk to the top.I admit I did not realise that I had Tasmanian granite on my benches until I climbed the Freycinet National Park but I did know I have Tasmanian oak floors in our Bay of Fires Beach House.

Of course it was the person who built the house who deserves any credit for utilising local resources.

Where we sat to have our lunch we could just make out the newly constructed Sapphire resort. It is located on the inside of the curve of coastline that joins the peninsula to mainland Tasmania and overlooks the expanses of Great Oyster Bay.

The setting was perfect. I love the dramatic cloudy skies when they meet the sea.

You can see how pink the granite is clearly here. We are very lucky that it is all national park, preserved and maintained for everyone to enjoy.

Just as we were leaving this little wallaby stopped to rest and scratch and is so used to visitors she  calmly stayed put as we took a photo. If you look to the left the ear of her joey is poking out.

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  1. #1 by bagnidilucca on December 16, 2010 - 5:55 am

    Great photos! I found the walk quite difficult to Wineglass Bay. It was a hot day and I would have loved to dive into that cool, clear water. It is a pity there are no changing sheds hiddien in the trees.

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