Freycinet Peninsula

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The Freycinet National Park was the first such park in Tasmania, and is named after the French explorer Louis de Freycinet. There used to be shore-based whaling stations here, but now it is a place for walks and hikes. If it wasn’t for the French interest in Van Diemen’s Land, the British might not have bothered making their presence known here at all!

We drove to the lighthouse at Cape Tourville for a look at the coastline. It was a bit windy up here but well worth the walk.

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At Coles Bay itself, we watched the waves moving the boats around and pitied the tourists heading out today.

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Our accommodation was near Muirs Beach, so we took a walk there in the late evening. You can see the ‘weather’ coming in from the hills in the distance.

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On our second day, the sun shine and the sky was blue, and it was time to walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. It was a strenuous walk uphill, but the view was well worth it. You can hike down to the beach, and back up again by another route, but that was beyond us. We were full of cold/flu so had to limit our exertions.

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As today was my birthday, we had a special dinner at The Bay restaurant in Freycinet Lodge, just inside the Freycinet National Park. The food and service was excellent, although one could not afford to eat there too often! We try not to drive when it’s dark to avoid killing the wildlife, but no option tonight. So we drove very very slowly for the 3 km journey (10 kph) to avoid a fat echidna, a wallaby, a couple of potoroos, something unidentifiable (pademelon?), and a Tasmanian Devil. We were told that there are 500,000 road kills per year in Tasmania. For comparison, the human population of Tasmania is just over 500,000. There are advisory notices for speed limits of 45 kph between dusk and dawn, to protect the animals, but this is not compulsory.

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© Helen Gray 2021