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Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Monday, February 8, 2010


Journey: Swansea, Freycinet National Park

Mileage @Freycinet 10204

Weather 18 degrees at 10am, cloudy.

The 8o km drive to Freycinet National Park was easy but not as scenic as we know it can be; the cloud prevents the crystal clear azure blue colour painting the ocean and the ocean looks almost bland on these days.

We had booked a camp site by phone a few days earlier (site 10) for 3 days but when we arrived we immediately decided to add another 3 days to our booking.

Why? Well a gorgeous beach, and our site was ocean view, $16pn including electricity and water, hot showers and just a short stroll along the beach and around the headland to Coles Bay shops and The View pizza restaurant!!

The weather was sunny and warm for the first few days and we enjoyed a swim in the calm cold water. 
Walking along the sand was wonderful and we were able to reach Honeymoon Bay in 20 minutes with a short cut through the famous Freycinet Lodge. 
We thought it awesome that we had the same beautiful view and beach as the guests at the Lodge who were paying $330 pn.

The Freycinet National Park is famous and busy because of the iconic Wineglass Bay. We had done the trek to the Bay on our last visit and had decided to leave the walk until later in the week but this was a poor decision; we should always remember in Tassie don't put off an adventure that you can do today because the weather may prevent you doing it later.

On our second day at camp we set out for a drive to the beautiful Cape Tourville and lighthouse but the van chugged a bit and flashed a message "Check the engine". We called Fiat and were advised to drive back to Hobart for a check up; we decided not to shorten our stay and planned to head back on Monday.

One night we were disturbed by a large number of possums who had got into the rubbish dumpster. The following morning, quite hot, we found them huddled together at the bottom of the dumper, very distressed, sleepy with the daylight and unable to get out. We reported it to the ranger who put a sturdy wood pole into the bin and happily by next evening they were out and we closed the lid. We were not so sympathetic when they raced around the camp on other nights foraging for food; you have to admire their ability to adapt to human environments.

We trekked 4 kms to Sleepy Bay and wondered if we would appreciate the spot on a cloudy day:

The colours were not as intense as we remembered but the walk through the forest and across the rocks was impressive and it seemed like there was no one else around.

Some highlights camping at Freycinet:

-the skate swimming through the crystal clear ocean close to shore;

-the pied oyster catchers feeding with their young in the shallows;

-changing weather conditions creating brilliant new vistas against the Hazards;

-the afternoon sea mists that covered the Hazards

-the red tint to the rocks;

-the lovely people we met and connected with

-the really friendly and helpful Information Centre team

-walking the lovely beach (6 laps for the morning power walk)

-cocktails on the beach at sunset

The last two days were wet and overcast so we nestled into the van to read Weekend Australian, complete puzzles and watch the opening of the Winter Olympics and ODI cricket between Aussies and West Indies.

We did manage to get to The View for a pizza on one evening and then on another it was take-away to the van. We can highly recommend these pizzas and the service offered.

This has been a fabulous 7 day camping experience,despite the cold wet weather and we talked ourselves out of the disappointment of not getting to Wineglass Bay again.

We may return when we come back to the East Coast after our trip back to Hobart if we have a fine sunny day. It was cold and misty when we left Freycinet on Monday morning
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