Standing on top of Mount Oberon at Wilsons Prom in Victoria, we were giddy with hiking endorphins when we struck up a conversation with a couple from Tasmania. We excitedly told them we were going to Tasmania and they told us that we must go hiking at Freycinet National Park (pronounced fray-sin-ay). They told us that the view of Wineglass Bay was the best view we could imagine. They weren’t far off…
I was positively buoyant as we started making our way north, up the east coast of Tasmania. I was confident that we’d left no stone unturned in the south of Tasmania and the east coast is touted by all the tourism material, as the best region in Tasmania. I can’t pick a favourite region in Tassie, but I can understand why this region gets so much hype. Part of my excitement, no doubt, came from the fact that while I had toured Tasmania before, there were quite a few places on the east coast I’d never seen before and Wineglass Bay was one of them.
The hike to Wineglass Bay was always going to test my (pretty dismal) fitness – but I couldn’t wait to tackle it.
We hiked from the car park to the Wineglass Bay lookout and then down to the beach and back again. Approximately 6 kms. That distance actually doesn’t sound like far. It would take an hour to walk 6 kms at a good pace, under normal flat conditions. This hike took more than twice as long.
It was tough.
Breathtaking – both physically and mentally.
It was worth every drop of perspiration.
The sand and the fluffy clouds were white. The water and the sky were blue.
The waves hit the shore with a surety that we’d arrived somewhere truly special on our journey.
Too cold for us to swim, but we enjoyed watching others taking the plunge. No one stayed in for long and I imagine being wet and sandy would have made the return hike fairly more uncomfortable than it already was.
I still can’t decide which was worst – going up the mountain or down it. Neither was a break from the other – that’s for sure! We definitely had jelly legs that afternoon.
River and Rocks Campground and the Stand Up Paddle Board
February is a peak time to visit the Freycinet National Park, so we decided to camp at the River and Rocks Campground, a free camp up the road from the national park. Adrian had recently picked up his stand up paddle board, or SUP board (for those cool dudes in the know), and was super excited to try it out here.
Cape Tourville is a lighthouse within the Freycinet National Park with another stunning view. This walk is a MUCH shorter walk than that to Wineglass Bay. It was quite cold and windy here!
Sleepy Bay is a place full of gnarly rock formations and it reminded me a little of Wilsons Prom in Victoria too. There isn’t sand, but rather a fine pinky orange granite gravel, which feels super strange underfoot and reminded me of those old ads with Sven the Masseur… Do you remember those? So strange – but good! The gravel underfoot that is, not the ads.
Do you hike? Or get out to your nearby national parks often? What’s the most rewarding hike you’ve ever done? I’d love to hear about it!2 Did you like this?