My Freycinet experience …

Last week I repeated a walk I did in Tasmania twenty years ago and strangely … it seemed a lot harder this time.  It’s probably fair to say that I slightly over-estimated my fitness level, and under-estimated my age!  Nevertheless, I made it to the last day, and managed to eat everything that was put in front of me (and a few things that weren’t).

Looking fresh at the beginning of the day in Bluestone Bay

The Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s most beautiful spots, and once you get away from the usual trails and into the bush, solitude, wildlife and deserted beaches abound. Guides Nick and Sarah were very knowledgeable which greatly enriched our experience, and for the benefit of the foreigners amongst the group, we “enriched” it even further with tales of venomous snakes, spiders, ticks, leeches, sharks and other endearing Australian creatures.

I walked for four days with Freycinet Experience Walk.  Each day we were taken by vehicle or boat to a remote spot, to walk back to our comfortable eco-lodge – the only lodge within Freycinet National Park. Hidden in the sand dunes behind Friendly Beaches, the lodge with its comfy lounges, well-stocked library and indigenous art was a welcome sight at the end of each day.

Near the end of Day Two – OMG!

Somehow, the wonderful Gemma and Dan managed to produce fresh tasty food every day, even catering dairy-free, gluten-free, no red meat and vegetarian.  Unfortunately, I eat everything, and it was the thought of their food that kept me going on days two and three …

Next on my walking list will be something a little less strenuous, perhaps Bruny Island?

A Humidity Break …

Although I much prefer summer to winter, and I don’t mind a bit of steamy weather, this summer seemed a little longer and more trying than usual.  So when a friend suggested a short trip to the cooler climate of Tasmania, it was immediately appealing.

We flew in from Sydney over the Tasmanian Wilderness …

Great Western Tiers Conservation area
Great Western Tiers Conservation area


Enjoyed the sights and tastes of Hobart …

Hugged a few ancient towering trees in the Huon Valley …

Towering Stringybark

Wandered around the docks at Triabunna

Spent a day walking around the historic penal probation station on Maria Island

And left the island tired, slightly sunburnt but refreshed by our humidity break!

Leaving Maria Island
Leaving Maria Island