Cappadocia/Kapadokya, Turkey

Göreme Valley, Turkey
Göreme Valley, Turkey

Cappadocia (Kapadokya in Turkish) is a fairytale like place right in the centre of Turkey.  I say fairytale because the landscape varies between the ‘fairy chimneys’ to underground dwellings to beautiful mountains and valleys. You can amble up rocky hillsides and check out houses and churches built into the side of mountains or you can venture below the surface (literally) and explore the subterranean network that form underground cities. Before I started planning my trip Continue reading “Cappadocia/Kapadokya, Turkey”

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Great Oyster Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia
Great Oyster Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia

If you want to feel like you’re the only person on this planet for a short while at least; if you want to be at one with nature; if you want to witness a pristine part of earth before it disappears, then Wineglass Bay should be on your list to visit.

Located on the Freycinet Peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania is Wineglass Bay.  The beach has been consistently voted in the top ten beaches in the world and this is what drew me to it in the first place.

Wineglass Bay, East Tasmania
Wineglass Bay, East Tasmania

This is a beautiful pristine part of the world.  If you love walking you will be in heaven. Pink granite mountains, clear water and untouched beaches made me feel like I was in the last piece of wilderness in Australia.  From the carpark you need to hike to the beach but on the way the views from the lookout are stunning.  There were so few people around that for most of the walk I was alone.  It was a strange feeling because how often are we totally alone? I kept looking over my shoulder.  Once down at the beach there were friendly wallabies who came up to me.  One had a joey (baby) in her pouch.  They were just gorgeous!  I loved it.

The wallabies were surprisingly tame and curious.
The wallabies were surprisingly tame and curious.
A wallaby and her baby
A wallaby and her baby

 

Another one of my favourite activities was when I flew over the peninsula in a Cessna.  There were acres and acres of national park (the park is 169 square kilometres or 65.3 square miles), spectacular cliffs, deserted beaches, rugged coastline, azure water and, of course, the beautiful Wineglass Bay.  This was a definite highlight of my trip.

Deserted beaches on the Freycinet Peninsula, East Tasmania
Deserted beaches on the Freycinet Peninsula, East Tasmania

I stayed in one of the environmentally friendly cabins at the Freycinet Lodge which overlooks Great Oyster Bay.  While not cheap the cabins aren’t as expensive as the nearby luxury Saffire Lodge.  I would have loved to stay there but it was quite out of my budget!  There is also camping by ballot available at the Freycinet National Park, however, this option is only available over the warmer months as it can get quite cold in Tasmania.  The nearest small town is Coles Bay so you can grab supplies there and find more accommodation choices.  Whatever you do, don’t miss this very special part of Australia.

Jetty at Great Oyster Bay
Jetty at Great Oyster Bay