Our Freycinet Peninsula Walk

by Annalise on September 24, 2009

Tasmania Week 2

HOBART – We completed a fantastic walk on the Freycinet Peninsula – it was in a national park covering the majority of this peninsula on the East shore of Tasmania. This is one of the most recommended sites here.

We set out late Saturday from Launceston after Robin finished with the piping workshop to begin our trek on Sunday morning. The sun here sets promptly after 6pm at this time of year so we did most of the drive in the dark, noting some unique road signs on the twisty route. We dubbed one the “kangaroo auto service – we’ll hop on it” (see photo) and saw another depicting ’slippery when wet’ but looked to us like a drunk pogo-stick artist. After arriving safely at the park entrance we set up our new 3 person tent for the first time with strong winds, in the dark and without instructions – thankfully it worked!

The park circuit took us just over 11 hours of walking over the 2+ days. The trail route included three incredible beach walks mixed with moderate climbs. We camped the first night at Cooks Hut with one other group of 2 and several wallabys. They are every present at these sites and looking for scraps of our food although a human diet can be lethal to them. It was nice to see them move to the buds on the near by bushes when we failed to meet their requests.

The second day was clear and gorgeous as we climbed Mount Graham on our way to camping at Wineglass Bay. It was a good walk given we’d not done much hiking with packs this past summer and the camp at Wineglass was well worth it. We happily dropped our packs, set up tent and took a long walk down the beach watching as birds feed in the surf. After a great night sleep, we returned to the car park and finished our walk just as the rain started. Over the course of the walk we saw wallabys; most carrying joeys, wombats (whose droppings are everywhere and look like little brown marshmallows…), an opossum, lots of skinks and all kinds of birds. It was a pretty remarkable walk!

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Shirley R September 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I didn’t realize you were keeping a separate Blog from Robin’s so somehow I was always checking into his but this time got yours. Not sure how that happened. Anyway sounds like you are having a great time and it is wonderful to hear about it.

Love
Shirl

Shirley R September 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I didn’t realize you were keeping a separate Blog from Robin’s so somehow I was always checking into his but this time got yours. Not sure how that happened. Anyway sounds like you are having a great time and it is wonderful to hear about it.

Love
Shirl

I have now gone back and read all your posts since day one and I am really enjoying your descriptions of your travel and your experiences. Some have even had me laughing out loud. You are both great story tellers.Something tells me there may even be a book in here somewhere when you are all done.

carla September 25, 2009 at 2:04 am

I think Shirley has a good idea about the book… What do you think Dave… new career… author/editor?

Marie Sinclair September 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

Hey you guys – we didn’t realize that Robin has a separate blog. I’m sure the kids would love to see it. How do I find it? And yes, this is great reading!

Dave September 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Hey Everyone

Robin’s blog is at argh2.vanrobertsham.org, but, (ahem), he hasn’t been writing very much lately. Maybe if we make him sleep in the tent tonight.

Dave

Sheri R September 27, 2009 at 10:13 am

Finally checked in to see how you are faring! I’m with Robin … I loved the animals of Australia when we were there – especially the wombats. I got to hold a very snuggly baby one just outside of Melbourne. Never did see an echidna and carpet snakes I could do without. I will look forward to the updates.

Dave September 28, 2009 at 10:54 am

I still hurt … (ow, ow, ow)

Dave

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