We were a bit late getting to Freycinet, but our one night at Richardsons beach was fantastic and definitely not the last time we will stay there!
We had planned to spend at least two nights here in the national park, but the alternator replacement ate up our time and we were whittled down to one night, with a drive down to Hobart the next day. The campsite is spectacular, with this beach about 30m from the campsites. To get the day underway, Emma and Isaac set up school on the beach, and the two little guys kept themselves busy in the sand and water.
It was a lovely soft morning, as the Irish would say, with the rain holding off, but only just. The wildlife was all around, and we saw Bennetts Wallabies bouncing along the beach in the early morning as well as plenty of birds. We picked up a new bird here too, right in camp. The Scarlet Robin popped in for a bit of breaky just near our caravan.
The weather wasn't looking remotely like clearing, so we decided on the Cape Tourville walk instead of the Wineglass Bay lookout, as we would probably only see fog anyway. The Cape Tourville walk has spectacular coastal views and you can see a couple of islands off the coast known as 'The Nuggets'.
Every now and then the clouds would roll away for a couple of minutes and you could see the sea, and it was pretty special to see the coastline. When we reached the lookout that overlooks the Nuggets, it was clear enough to give us a decent view of the islands. Some other tourists were there as well and said that they thought they could see an albatross. We looked and looked, and finally came to the conclusion that they were looking at a patch of bird poo on the island, not a bird after all.
The most remarkable thing about the day was that there was no wind. Not a scrap. Everything was so still and you could hear the sound of the ocean coming up to you from way down the cliff, without the constant rush of wind in your ears. It was a magic moment.