Freycinet Lodge is nestled into the bush on the water’s edge of the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania. The accommodation takes the form of individual cottages with either sea or bush views. From the verandah of our little cottage we could see the ocean and the rocky coastline through the trees.
We arrived in the late afternoon and after a wander about to explore, we went for dinner one of the two restaurants on site. We chose the more up market of the two, promising ourselves to try the bistro the next night. The food was excellent, offering a selection of local fare superbly cooked. We were just as pleased with our choices the following evening.
The main reason for coming to Freycinet was to see Wineglass Bay, voted one of the best beaches in the world. We set off early in the morning, which was fortunate as the car park was filling up fast. It is a fairly strenuous walk up a steep climb to the lookout, another reason to get an early start as it can become quite hot. There are no facilities at all once you leave the car park so it is necessary to carry water and anything else you might need with you.
The view from the lookout over Wineglass Bay is breathtaking and worth the walk uphill. From there it is downhill all the way to the beach. It would be fairly challenging for anyone with mobility problems as it is rocky and sometimes narrow and uneven.
Once at the seaside it is easy to see why Wineglass Bay has been photographed so often. It is a perfectly formed semicircular white sand beach with sparkling blue water. If only there had been somewhere to change into my swimsuit as would have loved to dive into that cool, clear water. It was not to be so I had to be content with a paddle and a sit on the rocks to admire the view and contemplate the long walk back. Next time I will take the boat.
As we were leaving the lodge the man on the reception desk warned us there may be some delays on the highway towards Hobart as it was a busy time of the year.
As it turned out, we were held up once when the vehicle in front of us stopped quite suddenly. We couldn’t see why until an echidna waddled across the road to the safety of the bush. We didn’t mind a bit. The sight of dead wildlife along the roads is alarming. The locals say this is proof that wildlife is plentiful. That doesn’t make it any less upsetting to see little dead bodies strewn along the roads. Thankfully one echidna got away.