A boardwalk along the rugged Freycinet coastline and around the Cape Tourville Lighthouse offers spectacular coastal views.
It’s the last walk of my Tasmanian holiday… or stroll… I’ve headed to Cape Tourville with the kids in the hope of finding a great sunset vantage spot. The boardwalk around the headland makes it fairly effortless walking – but it’s hard to imagine we were swimming at Wineglass Bay earlier in the day. It feels like it’s freezing, which is not helped by the strong wind.
The boardwalk winds along the rocky coastline and around the unmanned and automatic lighthouse that was built in 1971. Replacing the inaccessible Cape Forestier Lighthouse, the Cape Tourville Lighthouse was built at the same time as a new lighthouse at Point Home, to provide guidance for bulk carriers carrying wood chips from the Triabunna wood chip mill.
The attraction of the Cape Tourville walk and its inclusion on Tasmania’s “60 Great Short Walks” is due to the fabulous coastal scenery. Near the start of the walk (if you’re doing it in a counter-clockwise direction) are views to the south-west of Freycinet Peninsula.
Near the end of the walk is a view of The Nuggets, a close group of four granite islets which are home to thousands of migratory birds.
There’s some interpretative signage along the boardwalk – although it’s too bloody cold to stand still and read the information boards! We don’t linger long as we’re keen to get out of the cold. We’re a bit too early for the sunset and it’s too cold to hang arouns, so we head back to our accommodation. We stop at Richardsons Beach, close to Freycinet Lodge (we’re not staying here, though!) to catch the sun as it sets over the bay.
The sky is even more spectacular after the sun has set, once we’re back at our rented house just north of Coles Bay. A very fitting end to my two weeks in Tassie!
|Location||Turn left onto the Cape Tourville Road off Freycinet Drive (the main road through the park)|
|Distance||600m circuit (15min)|
|Map||TasMap Freycinet National Park 1:50,000
6033 Coles Bay (1:25,000)
|Resources||Tas Parks 60 Great Short Walks – Cape Tourville|