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Freycinet Circuit Hike – Wineglass Bay on foot, with lunch!

14 December 2011 No Comment

Wineglass Bay Tasmania travel guideFreycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s iconic destinations and there’s a very good reason for this – it is absolutely stunning.

If you are like me, a novice bushwalker, but up for a good few hours of beautiful scenery, then a Wineglass Bay Guided Circuit Walk may just be for you. Just check the inclusions and options for each walk before booking.

The guided walk was not free, but included in the price are the guide, of course, morning tea and lunch. The best part is that the guide carries all this stuff. You just have to worry about your personal requirements for the 4 to 6 hours of walking (water, sunscreen, a jacket and hat).

Make sure you wear good walking shoes for the hike. This isn’t for Crocs or sandles let me tell you. We’d got lucky and were the only couple on the guided walk this day. You can expect up to 8 people to be with you at the peak of the tourist season and you will see people along the track. So if isolation is what you are after then find another walk.

The first part of the walk is to the saddle above Wineglass Bay. A stunning view that I’m guessing everyone will have seen in pictures. Less stunning is how the bay got its name. The dark whaling past plays a part, enough said.

From there we wind our way down to Wineglass Bay itself and walk along the beautiful white sand. Our guide suggests we stop for a cuppa and that sounds great.

From there we cut across the Isthmus to the Hazards beach. Of particular historical note are the Aboriginal middens lining the shore. The sheer volume of material deposited by their long occupation of the area is just amazing to take in.

All the while you should be keeping your eyes open for all sorts of wildlife. The landscape changes often and all sorts of wonderful animals hide therein. Most seem un-phased by human presence but it is best to be quiet and keep your distance. If unsure don’t be afraid to ask your guide questions. Our guy was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

Leaving the beach we headed into the forest and up again. We stopped for lunch where the view was the best, the rocks lovely and warm and the cutest little skinks were most intent on sampling our sandwiches. Sadly, for the skinks, the lunch was far too good to share.

We pressed on through the slightly flatter end of the walk and got back to the lodge well within the estimated 6 hours. There’s a short commute from the end of the walk to the lodge and plenty of cold beer waits to share the sunset with us.

The walk is sign posted and you could do it on your own. However, we found the guided experience very worthwhile. We did it in March and the weather was brilliant. Of course, being Tasmania all eventualities must be catered for.

Information on guided walks in the Freycinet National Park can be found here: exploring the Freycinet area

David Moore lives and works in the Huon Valley. He runs a computer business, I Hate My PC and writes computer/tech stuff for a couple of online magazines but his real passion is comedy. Keep an eye out for him doing “stand up” somewhere near you soon!

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