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Published February 3rd 2018
Struggle street at Freycinet National Park
After New Year I took my first bushwalking trip. I had never done a walking holiday before so it was a brand new experience.
I had booked when the company had a special on accommodation in Hobart. The tour starts at the Old Woolstore in Hobart. While I was there the yachts were still around from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. I was amazed at the size of some of the yachts and the numbers.
The walk was the Freycinet Experience Walk, and they provided us with our 30 litre packs. The walk is a pack-free, four day walk. You walk back to the lodge at Friendly Beaches. The company arranges all your food for you and sometimes it is at very surprising locations.
On Day 1 we boarded a boat at Coles Bay and were shipped off to Schouten Island. We had a lovely lunch on the beach and watched some dolphins play with some children in the water.
We then made a 3km hike up Bear Hill to check out the view of the Freycinet Peninsula. From our lookout spot we could see where we were walking the next couple of days.
The next day was the hardest, I chose to climb Mount Graham, the second tallest mountain, with an elevation of 580m above sea level. Once we had summited Mount Graham we descended into Wineglass Bay. You had a choice of climbing Mount Graham or walking beaches.
Day 4 saw us walking along an East Coast track which only certain groups can walk. We walked from Bluestone Bay to Friendly Beaches Lodge. The walk was a lot more leisurely than the day before but it did have its challenges (45 minute Hill). We had a lovely lunch in the bush, carried by one of our two guides.
After breakfast we did a tiny stroll of 3.3km on the property. This took us up an unnamed hill to have a lovely view of the beach then down to saltwater lagoon. We got back to the lodge in time for a massive lunch. The day ended with a 4km walk up Friendly Beaches to the bus. The day was easy and restful, the weather was amazing.
The lodge is built on private property surrounded by National Park.
The lodge is self-sufficient in that you have composting toilets, you use rainwater, gas, and electricity from solar panels. We spent very little time at the lodge however it was interesting. We had meals in the main lodge with our two guides and the two lodgers who cooked for us and cleaned up after us.
The entertainment was the wildlife with a few wallabies and possums to be seen but the quolls took out the award for best show.