After our substantial breakfast we set off to Bicheno on the east coast - part of the Great Eastern Drive. This should have been a 3- hour drive but obviously we had stops on the way. As our accommodation was self-catering we did some grocery shopping en-route. Had a picnic at a lovely deserted cove called Spiky Beach, stopped at a vineyard called Devil's Corner where we actually had coffee and not wine! The vineyard had an amazing view from their lookout of the vines, hills and ocean, a nice glass of wine would have gone down well, but Dan had some more driving to do. On arrival we checked in and had an explore of the town - Bicheno is very small with a total population of 950, so it didn't take long. We then settled in for the evening with some homemade sausage & mash and a bottle of red.
The main reason for visiting Bicheno was its close proximity to Freycinet National Park where we spent the next day. Freycinet National Park consists of knuckles of granite mountains all but surrounded by azure bays and white sand beaches. The dramatic peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park. Freycinet is effectively two eroded blocks of granite - the Hazards and the Mt Graham/Mt Freycinet sections of the peninsula - joined by a sand isthmus - and named after French navigator Louis de Freycinet.
There's plenty of strenuous hiking to be done, including multi-day hikes. However, we decided to select a few of the shorter hikes. The first one was a trek to Wineglass Bay lookout which was a bit of a scramble, but well worth it for one of Tasmania's most photographed views. Nobody really knows why it's called wineglass bay (either its shape, or the water is clear as wine or the water was once red with the slaughter of whales - we went with the first 2).
There are many more short walks across the park that that lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons including Honeymoon Bay surrounded by granite rocks, crystal clear water (too cold for swimming). Cape Tourville and its unmanned light house with views over the Tasman Sea, Sleepy Bay, Oyster Bay and Friendly Beach - a perfect day in the national park with lots of walking, great coastal views and beaches and with perfect weather. We finished the evening off with pasta and another bottle of red wine.