“Our plans to sea kayak in Coles Bay got rained out so we’re doing a bit of hiking—"bushwalking” in Ozzie parlance—in #FreycinetNationalPark instead. We are woefully underdressed for the storm blowing sideways in our faces but still making the most of it. As the park ranger remarked rather cheerfully, “What’s a little rain?” #DispatchFrom contributing editor @ashleahalpern #TravelerInTasmania (at Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia)
Dip into the cool blue waters along the coastline of Freycinet National Park via sea kayak. It’s one of the best ways to explore the secluded coves, sandy white beaches and paddle over water so clear that you can see the marine life below.
Sea kayaking is minimal impact and pollution free, allowing visitors to soak in the surrounds without disturbing its pristine condition. The area is also blessed with a year round sunny climate, allowing the area’s spectacular natural beauty to shine through.
Inexperienced kayakers are recommended to take a guided tour to navigate the waters and spot local wildlife such as the rare white bellied sea eagle and dolphins.
For pure, crystal waters and soft, sandy beaches, travels and locals alike can’t go past Freycinet National Park. One of the best ways to see the breathtaking beach landscape is via kayak. Take in the beauty from the water while exploring hidden coves and keeping on eye out for wildlife.
Tasmania is riddled with hundreds of spectacular walks through diverse unspoiled natural environments. Beach lovers will relish the opportunity to explore the pristine stretch of the Freycinet National Park on the east coast. The challenging Hazards Beach Circuit is a spectacular way to soak in the scenery if short on time. It’s worthwhile setting aside at least a full day to see the beautiful coastal vistas. The five hour return circuit via Wineglass Bay heads uphill to the Wineglass Bay lookout, skirting the coastline and meandering through native bushland along the way.
Wineglass Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. When looking out across the arc of fine quartz sand and dappled waters, it’s not hard to see why. Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins playing in the waters. Take your time on the walk to indulge in a picnic of Tasmania’s famed local produce, paddle through the crystal water and count how many of the unique native flora and fauna you can spot. You’ll probably lose count very quickly as the area is brimming with life!
Wineglass Bay – consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches – in a stunning image from @wineglassbaycruises. Many believe the bay’s name comes from its distinctive shape. However there’s a more sinister and somewhat grisly reason. In the 1820s, whalers came to Tasmania’s East Coast and established shore bases in this very bay. Whenever the hunt was on and the whale carcasses were butchered, the bay would become stained with blood, like red wine in a glass. Fortunately those days are long gone, but they remain an important part of Tassie’s story. Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania, Wineglass Bay Cruises. #wineglassbay #freycinetnp #freycinetpeninsula http://ift.tt/1NySljy
Tassie Local, Paul Flemming was recently paired with Matt Donovan on a photography travel adventure around Tasmania. We asked him what his highlights were, and this is what he had to say:
Favourite new FOOD DISCOVERY around Launceston, Binalong Bay or Freycinet: Although well known to locals, Moresco in Binalong Bay does a delicious breakfast, and satisfyingly smooth coffee too. I checked out their lunch and dinner and menu and wanted to go back for more! They also have the best view of any restaurant in Tasmania - straight out over the bright white sand and clear blue waters of Binalong Bay and further to the Bay of Fires.
Favourite all time Tassie DRINK: Although I grew up amongst award winning wineries in the Tamar Valley, lately I’ve been enjoying the crisp taste and refreshing resurgence of our famous Tassie apples - in cider form.
Favourite recommendation for where to STAY in Tasmania: I feel most chilled out when I’m wandering amongst ancient moss covered forests, gazing up to towering peaks and listening to cascading mountain streams in the Cradle Mountain area. Where to stay? The area offers diverse accommodation choices, from camper van sites to luxury cabins (I’ll take one with a spa, thanks!).
One Tassie DESTINATION you take all visitors: As I’m based in Hobart, it has to be Mount Wellington. The 25 minute drive from the CBD is scenic, but the views from the 1,270m summit are outstanding - and it could snow any time of the year. The sweeping views take in the city, valleys, islands and even deep into our World Heritage Area.
Your favourite MOMENT from your trip with Matt: Matt was genuinely enthusiastic about the places we visited, and watching him discover and explore each location through his lens was fantastic. He didn’t want to just see the scenery, he wanted to be part of it - be it wading through the Liffey River, dodging waves in the Bay of Fires or scaling Mt Amos in Freycinet National Park; all in the same of chasing light and enjoying his passion for photography.
What do you think is the most UNEXPECTED thing about Launceston, Binalong Bay or Freycinet NP? Clean white sandy beaches, azure water lapping at your feet, bright sun above - and not see another soul. That’s why we love the east coast.