As we continue our travels from Europe, to New Zealand and now 2 months in Australia, I am always happy to see how adaptable and resilient the kids are. Sometimes they completely take me by surprise with their ever changing behaviour! I have always tried to get both kids to be more involved in the blog and whilst they both have willingly and enthusiastically done photography and art based travel posts, I can never get them to write more than one line to go with each picture or artwork. And then suddenly, 3 days ago, Shahaar turns around and writes up a lovely post of his hike at Freycinet National Park, Tasmania. All the writing, editing and typing is by him. Ashique and I added the images to go with his descriptions. I hope this is just the start of more family input to the blog 🙂
Freycinet national park
30th march 2016
By Shahaar Selim
We are at Freycinet National Park and when we arrived we saw a wallaby in the parking lot. All the trees were either withered looking with lots of small leaves or they had fallen over. Some of the trees had their bark ripped off and yellow and grey patches on them. In this huge forest an awesome effect occurred. Out of all millions of these trees not one had a leaf 10cm long. All the trees had either two types of leaves. One is a long thin spikey type about 5cm long and the other type was a small normal leaf except it was about 2cm long. It is beautiful looking up at the mountain from the bottom.
The whole mountain is made from pink granite. The ocean is shimmering slightly because little sun rays are shining down on it. You can see distant lands far away. The top of the mountain doesn’t look too far away now. We now have to climb 300 steps. We’re hearing a strange bird call but we can’t figure out what bird it is. We are now at the top and taking a 5 minute route down the other side to wine glass bay. We are now in the shade and a nice cold breeze is on us. WE are now at the viewpoint it is breath taking. Half of the view is the lake that is different shades of blue and the other half is the green lush forest and the pink granite mountains. We are talking about matter and water. We were talking about evaporation and transpiration and how gas turns to water and to solid.
On our way back we’re practising our Bangla. The sea is shimmering so much now that it looks like millions of pixels. We are helping a Chinese couple because the woman has twisted her ankle.
Some information about Freycinet National Park:
The park is located about 2 hours from Hobart on the East Coast of Tasmania. You turn off the Tasman Highway (A3) (which runs down the east coast of Tasmania) onto the Coles Bay Road (C302) 12 km south of Bicheno. We had arrived from Bicheno as part of our road trip down the Great Eastern Drive – See what else you can do around here!
Entrance to the park costs $24 for each car with upto 8 passengers. Alternatively, you can buy different park passes depending how long you plan to be in Tasmania and how many parks you visit.
There are different walks you can do here ranging from half hour to five hours. For more details of the different walks, see here.
Feel free to leave any feedback for Shahaar in comments below! He would love to hear back from you on his first written blog post 🙂
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