COLES BAY \ FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK - Friday 15th December (Day 49)
With the east coast fires raging and threateing towns only 30 odd miles away from our destination, and a report in the papers that there was a fire near Coles Bay Road itself, the road we had to travel down to get to the hotel, we had rung the hotel to check that things were OK. They assured us (well not Gill) that things were OK, so we arrived the previous evening to find the hotel hadn't yet been burnt to a crisp and had an absolutely stunning location, with views over deep blue water with a backdrop of the three pink granite peaks known as the Hazards with additional views of huge fires in the distance!!!!!!!!!
In the morning Gill opened the door from our room onto the decking and was startled by a thud and crashing noise in the bush only to be confronted by a wallaby, clearly expecting to be fed (a big no no which we observed). Anyway, we set off early for Freycinet NP, a few km's down the road, for a walk up to the famous Wineglass Bay Lookout (not before Gill had been hassled again in the walks car park by other wallabies). I extended the walk by setting off down to Wineglass Bay Beach itself - a truly beautiful beach. We then completed another couple of short walks in the NP; Cape Tourville with some great sea views, and to Little Gravely Beach at Sleepy Bay, which we thoroughly enjoyed in splendid isolation!! Freycinet National Park clearly deserved more time with its spectacular beaches, seas views, wildlife, and walks. We will return!!