Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
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You are standing on the edge of a cliff, looking out over what has to be one of the most spectacular views in the world. To one side you have a glimpse of the famous Wineglass Bay, and a hundred metres below your feet, the sea is so clear you can see the fish swimming in the water. Beside you rises the white, glistening tower of Cape Tourville Lighthouse, which warns ships away from this treacherous, rocky point. Out at sea, a graceful shape leaps into the air, and then another – two dolphins playing in the waves.
Via Coles Bay Rd; Visitor Centre (03) 6256 7000
■ The famous view of Wineglass Bay. The lookout is accessed by a steep one-hour return walk.
Oddly, the beaches within Freycinet National Park do not share the same type of sand. This is because each one has been created by the erosion of a different kind of rock. Honeymoon Bay is fine gravel, recently created from pink feldspar pebbles from The Hazards above it, while the sand at Friendly Beaches (in the northern part of the park) squeaks when you walk on it because it has a high content of pure, rounded grains of silica – it is literally squeaky clean.
■ Freycinet National Park begins just south of Bicheno, but a good place to start exploring is from the visitor centre located in the Coles Bay area of the park (about half an hour from Bicheno). You can obtain information here about the different walks and beaches. Most of the activities you will want to do are close to this visitor centre.
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