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Freycinet National Park

When I woke up this morning, I noticed some strange sounds outside. After a few minutes I realized that my neighbor had changed shape. Oh, look: his relatives are also around.

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By the way, this is what I see when I look out of my window today:

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Yesterday when I stopped at the visitor centre, I asked the nice ladies what I could do in one day in this park. Her reply: there’s a 11 kilometer, 5 hour walk that shows you all the high lights. Well, that’s easy: let’s go.

First part of the track leads to Wineglass Bay and on your way to the bay (hey that rimes) you pass the Coles Bay lookout. From there you see this:

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The last one is not standard…

The weather is great for a nice long walk today. It’s about 16 degrees, there’s a bit of sun and the wind is not too strong. On to the next stop: Wineglass Bay lookout. The steps are getting steeper now. But then you have a nice view on the bay. I think these are not the best pictures of this bay. If you are not happy with my interpretation: start Google and find yourself some better views. Or even better: come here and try to come up with better ones.

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Then it’s down a lot of steps and you will end up at the beach of the bay. It’s still early and therefore there are not a lot of people around. For those who don’t want to do all the walking: it’s also possible to get here by boat or if you only want beautiful pictures: there are also scenic flights to this bay.

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Nice isn’t it?

The next stop is the Hazards Beach. It’s an easy stroll; no climbing or steps on this track. On your way you pass Hazards Lagoon.

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And you may make some new friends on route as well.

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Perhaps it’s not as beautiful as the Wineglass Bay, but it’s not a bad place to be.

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From here you have two options: go back the way you came or follow the beach and then there’s quite a long (11 kilometers) track that follows the coastline around the base of Mt Mayson back to the car park. Well I still remember the steps I came down and I don’t like the idea of having to go up all of them again… Therefore I choose the other track. On my way over to Wineglass Bay I met a couple that was familiar with this track. According to them it’s very long and it feels like it never ends. We will see.

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After walking for about 2 hours I got back to the car park. The couple was right: it looks like it never ends and then suddenly you’re there. It’s a nice walk and by far not as difficult as climbing up all the steps from Wineglass Bay. It just takes a bit more time…

That’s enough exercise for today. Back to the room and after a nice shower I “did” the area the “Japanese style”; that is by car and every now and then get out and take picture…

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Although there’s probably far more to see and do here, it’s clear that this is the end of the season. It’s very quiet and when I talked to the lady in the local “super market” she stated that she was bored and wished that winter was over again. It shows. There are only a limited amount of rooms booked in the resort I am in and a lot of activities like canoeing are not open.

Well I have seen a nice piece of Freycinet National Park. If I would have wanted to see more, it would take probably a week of real bushwalking. And since that doesn’t fit in my schedule, it’s time to leave…

The walking track of today:

Thursday 23 April 2009

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