Ramblers at Freycinet Peninsula: Freycinet National Park, Tasmania.  2020


I'm a member of a walking group called Eastern Shore Ramblers. The club arranged a weekend on the Freycinet Peninsula (November 14-15).

Photos: copyright Jonathan Nevill 2020, unless otherwise credited. Camera: Samsung S7.

Driving north towards the township of Coles Bay, the peninsula was skirted by morning mist. That's the peninsula on the horizon, across Great Oyster Bay.
A good spot for a naked swim (photo not available - to protect the public interest!).


On my next visit I plan to climb Mt Amos, just for the view.


As most of the club members were staying at the Coles Bay caravan park (Iluka Holiday Park), Sophie and I took the campervan.


A wallaby was waiting for us at the start of the walk... I suppose to make sure we took the right track to Wineglass Bay. 
We were doing the most popular walk on the Freycinet Peninsula: the Wineglass-Hazards circuit, which includes the Wineglass Bay lookout (many bus-tourists stop here), to the beach at the north end of Wineglass Bay, then across the Peninsula, skirting Hazards Lagoon, and returning on the coastal trail along the western edge of The Hazards


Looking south towards Wineglass Bay, from the lookout.


Hazards Lagoon, often dry, provides habitat for water-hens, a few ducks and sometimes swans.


In Tasmania, early spring is the best time for wildflowers, but there were still plenty of blossoms in late November.


The track reaches the western side of the peninsula, looking towards the west over Great Oyster Bay. 

Sophie and I were the only swimmers in our group. The water was cold, so we didn't stay in long.


For a bit over a kilometre, the walk follows the beach, which contains several small and beautiful coves.



As the track moves away from the water, it enters a Casuarina grove, almost completely dominated by a single species. 
Their shady canopy and a carpet of fallen leaves suppresses groundcover plants.


The track makes a few connections back to the water...  The vegetation here is almost entirely sheoak (Casuarina)


The track then enters dry, multi-species bushland. Grasstrees here are dying out, infected by Phytophthora cinnamomi, a fungal (water mould) disease which has become widespread over the last two centuries.


Note Bluestone Bay on the east coast.


The following day we walked the 4WD track north-east of the Coles Bay township to Bluestone Bay.

Bluestone Bay, facing northeast towards the Tasman Sea.


From Bluestone Bay there's a track heading east towards Whitewater Wall, then south to Little Bluestone Bay.
The bushland here is open, and is pleasant walking.


Whitewater Wall, like a lot of the granite coastline in this area, is spectacular.


Note the curious white lines through the granite.


We stopped for lunch at Little Bluestone Bay.  The small rocky islands are The Nuggets.


Not far from Lassie's Wall. Rugged, wild and beautiful. And to a large extent, off the usual tourist track.


This coastline faces east, towards the rising sun... maybe I will return one day...