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Temporarily leaving the little home

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We are leaving the caravan at Legana tonight and will stay in a motel as we want to see the Freycinet peninsular and poke up into the Northwest where we are told the roads are mostly unsuitable for caravans partly because they are mostly dirt roads and partly because of the damage caused by the recent flooding.

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Heading to Freycinet via Campbell Town, we did a roadside search for the hubcap which we lost when we had the blowout. We have tried every where to get a replacement but can’t find one.

We parked the Nissan and walked back discovering chunks and strips of rubber for over half a kilometre.
We were just about to give up when I spotted the whole tread section of the tyre still intact. It had disintegrated at the walls of the tyre and we wonder if the tyre pressures were too low.

We kept on searching the roadside a bit more and then there it was! After 41 years on the caravan the old hubcap was still going to adorn the wheel for a bit longer.

Heading on to Freycinet we pass through nice farms and properties with the ever present For Sale signs prominent everywhere, past Lake Leake which is a bit of a fishing Mecca we finally get a glimpse of what the Freycinet Peninsular is about when we come upon the incredible ruggedness of the mountains within the Freycinet National Park called the Hazards.

We stop at a heavily advertised “Marine Park” for some lunch only to find a small shop with big prices. Nothing to see here, move on.

We stopped at magnificent Coles Bay for a pie which we ate overlooking the mesmerizing ruggedness of the Hazards as they swept into the picturesque bay.

The rugged and awesome visuals of The Hazards

The rugged and awesome visuals of The Hazards

A short drive up a steep track bought us to the Cape Tourville lighthouse and lookout.

This was another example of God’s great art gallery at its very best!

Standing high on the cliff tops we had this amazing view over a place of great beauty.

The breathtaking panorama from the Cape Tourville light

The breathtaking panorama from the Cape Tourville light

There is really only one way to see these places, in complete silence simply looking.

You look and look but as you scan the rocky inlets, the deep blue of the sea and the far distant expanse of ocean your eyes are never satisfied. There is always a little more to take in like the seals playing far below or the Cray boat plying the bay below, or the isolated and barren group of rocks called the Nuggets bearing the brunt of the swell.

The Nuggets - Calm and peacful today but used to the pounding of huge seas

The Nuggets – Calm and peacful today but used to the pounding of huge seas

You can sense the vastness of the Tasman Sea where 1000 kilometres due east will get you to New Zealand.
You don’t want to leave yet. You want to drink in the sheer beauty for a bit longer but time intrudes into the peace and tranquility and drags your feet reluctantly from wondrous scene.

We move on to the bottom of the walking track which leads to the Wine Bay lookout.
Kerrie has waited for this one. It has been a particular desire of hers to see Wineglass Bay.
It’s a 3 hour return walk and mostly very steep so it’s a real challenge for us even though our fitness level has improved.
There were times when it seemed like our hearts would explode the our chests especially when a guide cheerily tells us there’s only 10 minutes to go but it’s all steep steps.
He lied; it was 20 minutes of all steep steps.

Barely able to speak we struggled up the final steps to the lookout to find the reward for the effort. Wineglassbay stretched out before us bordered by the craggy rock faces of the Hazards which swept down to the white sands of the beach.

It was really beautiful.

Wineglass bay - The effort was worth it

Wineglass bay – The effort was worth it

Wedge tail Eagles soared on the currents swirling around the 20 story high boulders that make up the cliffs and seals gathered in the bay.

Rocky cliffs home to the soaring Wedgtail eagle - elusive to our camera.

Rocky cliffs home to the soaring Wedgtail eagle – elusive to our camera.

Watching the Wedgetail Eagles

Watching the Wedgetail Eagles

It is not unusual to see Sperm Whales in the bay and although they weren’t there today the seals were playing and frollicking in the deep blue water.

The narrow white sand beach separated the bay from a huge freshwater lake on the other side of the beach.
The bay is protected naturally by its isolation; there are no roads in so access is only by sea or walking a further 1.5 hours along a track to the beach.

Wineglass Bay - The beach

Wineglass Bay – The beach

It was another place that was hard to pry ourselves away from.

The walk back down the track was also taxing as it was a different track made up mainly of steps but once we had reached the bottom we had to congratulate ourselves because a few months ago we never would have been able to do that walk. We had become so unfit.

We drove a couple of hours to St Helens and grabbed at room in the hotel there since this is the area we wanted to explore tomorrow.

After a good meal we climbed into the first double bed we’d been in since we left Wurtulla some 4 months ago.

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