Staying in Coles Bay
September 20, 2013
Clearing, spells of sunshine. 10 to 18 degrees
Feel like these boots are made for walking.
In the car for the short drive into the National Park to the ‘Walks’ car park. Few Mini-buses already parked. Up the hill to Wineglass Bay lookout.
One of the features of the area is the pink granite which gives off spectacular colours depending on the light at the time.
When we visited here two years ago, (2011), the whole park was closed for two days due to a squad of helicopters doing major construction work on the walk in an attempt to make the lookout accessible to as many as possible. It is a major tourist attraction for Tasmania. At the time it upset a lot of locals and tourists, including us, as some people had travelled from overseas only to be refused access. Luckily we had been able to climb Mt Amos for a view of Wineglass Bay the afternoon before it closed. The construction work was worth it. I would describe the track building as a work of art. It is a steep and hard climb but surface is well constructed and there have been really interesting seats and resting places built at regular intervals.
The way the track sneaks through boulders and over geological features is impressive.
The view from the lookout is world class. Breathtaking.
We continued down the steep and rough Wineglass Bay track to the beach. This track was much harder and pretty hard on the legs.
The beach is full of shell art!
Relaxing on Wineglass Bay Beach. Beats working.
We then crossed the peninsula between Mt Mayson and Mt Graham on the Isthmus Track. On the way we passed through large fresh water wetland of Hazards lagoon.
We popped out on the western side onto Hazards beach with views across the Great Oyster Bay to Swansea.
We then headed back along the beach for a kilometre or so to join the Hazards Beach Track.
By now our legs were pretty tired and we assumed that this track was going to be a relatively easy, flat track along the coast back to the car park. Wrong!!! It was tough in the sense of lots of obstacles, rough rocks etc to walk over.
This 11 kilometre circuit offered lots of variety and amazing views, but was also taxing. Took us about 5 hours of solid walking.
On the last stretch I started to get a nasty headache. One of those behind the eyes killers! So it was get back home, have a shower, and lay down in a dark room for the next few hours. Pat went to the Coles Bay shop to stock up.
Took a while to get my head together but was able to get myself up to head out to have a look at the sunset.
Then on for a bit of a special treat at Freycinet Lodge Bay Restaurant on
We shouted ourselves to a beautiful Seafood Platter to share in a really nice setting ($120). Lots of oysters, scallops, abalone, salmon, muscles, prawns, octopus, pippies, squid and of course fish each cooked in a variety of ways. Everything, apart from the prawns, was fresh local seafood.
Tomorrow – to Maria or not to Maria.