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Freycinet National Park

Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia
| +61 3 6256 7000
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Give Me High Seas Coles Bay  Australia

Give Me High Seas

Lady Eugenie, heeling precariously, smashes through gigantic waves at 33-knots. It’s a four-hour sail from Great Oyster Bay to the safety of Triabunna as we out-run a cold front bearing down on Tasmania’s east coast.

The full moon illuminates every white cap for miles across the eerie ocean. Jaw-dropping summits of the Freycinet Peninsula, site of today’s hike, have all but vanished in the night. We’re a ghost ship on speed.

Bravely sitting on deck, I survey the scene in complete exhilaration (albeit comfortably numb thanks to pain-killers (for my aching blistered feet), Travel Calm (for seasickness) and a couple of local chardonnays (for patriotism)).

Later, as I fall into my bunk, the 23-metre ketch hits another massive curl and lurches me back onto the floor.

The brochure said “unique walking trip”. Yep.

Would I do it again? You bet.