Freycinet National Park
Trip Start Jun 11, 2009
19Trip End Jun 29, 2009
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We want to have dinner at "Banc" Restaurant which is in the building that used to be the old Commercial Bank of Australia in Swansea, but when we walk up to check out their menu on the board outside, we find they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, just our luck
After lunch, the weather clears enough that we can see across Coles Bay and we decide to jump in the car and head to Wineglass Bay (about 40kms away) and Freycinet National Park and chance our luck with the visibility. We arrive there about 2.30pm and get our National Parks Pass stamped at the visitors centre, the guide says the visibility keeps changing as the fog lifts and falls, so we head up to the car park area only to find the fog about halfway down the hills, not conducive to spectacular views of Wineglass Bay from the lookout (it’s about a 90 minute round trip from the carpark to the lookout and another hour and a half return if we want to walk to the sand at Wineglass Bay). We decide not to bother, instead we backtrack about 6 kms to the Cape Tourville Lighthouse and the boardwalk (a 20 minute walk, approximately 500 metres, suitable for wheelchairs and prams as well) along the edge of the cliffs (some 250 metres (we think) or so above the water). The views from here, even on a gloomy day are quite remarkable, from the granite cliffs at Carp Bay through to Wineglass Bay and 26 kms north to the Friendly Beaches, incorporating the “Nuggets”, a couple of outcrops just off the shore, home to birdlife
Back in the car and home to Piermont Retreat for a beer, cheese and wine fest before dinner at Piermont’s own restaurant, only a short 30 metre walk from our cabin door. Dinner was delightful and thoroughly recommended by us. A great day!