They told me Freycinet was an awesome place before we went there but I didn’t really believe them until I saw it for myself. Our campsite was 3m from the beach, and completely private ,screened from the next one by a growth of native trees that a family of Superb Fairy Wrens spent the whole day flitting in and out of. The toilets were nearby and lovely and clean (anyone who has ever been camping will know how vitally important this is!).
We went on a night time penguin tour at Bicheno (unfortunately, no photography allowed) and saw lots of little fairy penguins coming ashore from the sea to feed their chicks.No matter how many times you see it, a penguin’s waddle doesn’t diminish in amusement potential.
On the second day, after a leisurely swim in Coles Bay ( oh wait, haven’t shown you that yet, here is Coles Bay and Richardson’s beach behind our campsite:)
Anyways, after that, we went to explore Honeymoon Bay. The sun had come up and the water simply sparkled.Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.
After a wonderfully pleasant ramble in Honeymoon Bay, we decided we were ready to tackle the climb over the Hazards to reach the lookout over Wineglass Bay, Freycinet’ most famous sight. What a mistake that turned out to be! Don’t believe the signs; that hike is not for the fainthearted, or even the moderately fit. It took us 2 painfully hours to get up the mountain, and whilst the view was indeed spectacular, I’m still unsure as to whether the exhaustion was worth it.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to see much more of Freycinet, as we had to drive to Hobart that afternoon, but if I ever go back its definitely a place I’ll schedule a longer stop in. Who knows, I may even make it down to that white crescent beach by Wineglass Bay next time…