Day 5: Freycinet National Park - A morning climb up Mt. Amos
Last night whilst I was making my dinner I met this group of people who saw me on the road earlier on in the day. They invited me to join them for dinner. So far on this trip I have met a lot of people and also seen a few other cycling tourists.
This morning I was up nice and early, as I wanted to start my walk before it got warm. I cycled to where the walk commenced, which is about 3kms from the campsite. I was pleased to see there was bicycle parking provided, so I could lock up my bike securely.
I have done a number of walks in the national park before. But there was one walk I hadn't done and that was to the top of Mt.Amos. So that was the walk I was going to do this morning.
The walk started nice and easy, but then I was starting to climb up the hill. There was then a sign saying "don't continue if wet", as now I was having to walk along bare rock faces. It was generally well marked, which was good, as it was easy to go off trail. The climb continued to get steeper, plus it was starting to get windy. The last bit of the climb it leveled out and was easier again. I then got to the summit. Wow, what an absolutely amazing view. It so made the climb up worthwhile. You could see right across the bay and again it was lovely and sunny.
|Enjoying the view from the top of Mt.Amos|
|View across to Wineglass Bay|
After spending a good 30 minutes just enjoying the view it was time to come back down the mountain. Don't know what is harder, climbing up or going back down. On the way down you had to be cautious, as it was sometimes easy to lose your footing. But I survived. I then headed back to the campsite.
As I was going to have a lazy afternoon, I walked around the bay to a cafe for lunch. Where I met 3 of the guys I was chatting to last night. So we enjoyed a couple of coffees and had lunch. The cafe has a great view over the bay and makes a pretty good coffee.
|One of the many views of The Hazards you get from walking around the bay|
I then had a nice walk back towards the campsite along the bay. I red my book and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon.
I've really enjoyed my time in the Freycinet National Park. The park is really well maintained and for $5 a night for the campsite, an absolute bargain. Tomorrow I'm heading towards Bicheno and maybe will do a short detour into Douglas-Apsley National Park.