April 28, 2013…Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay

You know I have this really big map of Tasmania, which is shown almost the size of mainland Australia.  I always have a laugh!  We plan and set out for our days adventure and lickity split…POOF, we have arrived at our final destination…ha ha ha

We van into Freycinet National Park, Tasmania's first National Park…  Wow, this is another cool area that is just filled with cool bush life, and many wonderful walks.  We decide to call it another early day…very early day after checking in just after 11 am…ha ha ha.  I trek off into the bush only to find an echidna.  It has been many, many years since I have seen one in the bush, so now I have the perfect opportunity to capture it on film.  After balling up well over 10 times or so, Ms. Echidna decided that the shutter noise on my camera was not a threat and began to relax and allow me to photograph her.  Amazingly enough she began to blow bubbles from her nose holes in her long snout…it was very cool to watch!  Either she had a cold, or was totally stressed out, I hope the later was not the case!  After getting situated, but before getting settled, we decide to head back to an oyster farm that we had passed along the way to have lunch.  The seafood is amazing, and we enjoy a lunch of oysters, scallops and abalone, before heading back into Freycinet.  I did pick up a fresh abalone to cook for lunch the next day…I have never prepared abalone, so I am looking forward to the experience.

Back at our van site we explore the bays, beaches and bush walks around us.  Another fabulous day in Tassie!

An echidna

An echidna

An echidna blowing bubbles!

An echidna blowing bubbles!

Our camp spot facing the ocean at Freycinet National Park.

Our camp spot facing the ocean at Freycinet National Park.

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lunch....oysters, scallops and abalone

lunch....oysters, scallops and abalone

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Blue Wren

Blue Wren

A new day at Coles Bay

A new day at Coles Bay