Hiking Wineglass Bay

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Friday, February 13, 2009

Today I went for the longest hike of my life, and it was great! We woke up early and met Dan, a guide at the lodge, to go for a 13km+ hike around Wineglass Bay in the park. It was a long climb up to see the view over the bay, then down again to run on the beach for a while. Wineglass Bay used to be a huge whaling center, and Dan said that the water, which is now a beautiful blue color, used to turn red like wine when they killed lots of whales. They used convicts (Australia used to have lots of convicts from prisons living here, sent here from England.) to work on the boats but a lot could not swim and they died trying to catch the whales. That was sad. The sand on the beach is pure white and looks like it has crystals in it because it is made from veldspar, part of the rocks here. There was a wallaby hopping around right on the beach today!

From here, we walked across an isthmus, which is land surrounded by water on two sides that connects two parts of a peninsula (land that is surrounded by water on three sides). Tasmania is actually an island, in case you did not know. Dan showed us lots of cool Tasmanian plants and trees, like the grass tree that lives to be over 300 years old, the blue gum trees, and the tea trees, that have pretty white flowers.
Finally we got to another beach, Hazards Beach, and Lu went swimming in the ocean while I collected shells. We saw a dead fairy penquin, the smallest of penquins in the world, which was sad. It was great to hike to so many beaches. We hiked out of here and up over the dunes and mountains back to the lodge. Dan taught me a lot about the different animals here, and I hope we got to see a bush-tailed possum, a platypus, an echidna (we petted one at the zoo but I want to see one in the wild) a potaroo, a bandicoot, and spotted quoll, and a Tasmanian Devil, of course!

We had dinner looking out over the beach and so the biggest sting ray I have ever seen in my life - it was as big as my Dad! We could see it swimming in the shallow water - wild! After dinner, we went down to the beach and made castles and collected shells and watched the sunset. So far, Tasmania is amazing!
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