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Van Journal Week 4: Freycinet Peninsula & Maria Island

Van Journal Week 4: Freycinet Peninsula & Maria Island

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

There are no shortcuts…

It seems that the world is obsessed with shortcuts. It’s everywhere we look in 2021– shortcuts to success, to fame, to vaccines and all the rest. But if we only see the finish line, we tend to forget why we were ever in the race to begin with.

After living a nomadic lifestyle for so long, we’ve slowly learnt to wean off the teat of short-lived successes. We’ve learnt to fine-tune our goals while trying to focus on the bigger picture.

This week, this ideology took on its physical form.

Our goal for Tasmania is to build the most comprehensive resource of outdoor attractions and activities on the island. And, more importantly, to do so well and in a way that will inspire adventure in people. So with that goal in mind, we strapped up our boots and walked over 90 kilometres and climbed over 3600 metres of elevation in five days.

The Freycinet Peninsula Circuit

The Freycinet Peninsula is easily one of the most picturesque places in Tasmania. Known mostly for its impressive granite peaks and pristine, white sand beaches, it was a place we wanted to explore and document comprehensively.

By far, the best way to see the Freycinet Peninsula is to walk the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit. There are a few variations to this route, but we designed our own. We walked in a figure-eight loop and included a summit of Mount Freycinet and Mount Graham.

The track wasn’t necessarily difficult but it was quite long to complete in just two days. Nevertheless, it was a great warm-up for some of the most difficult hikes we have planned for the rest of our time in Tasmania.

Below I’ve included some of my favourite photos from the trek. If you’re keen to see more, I’ve also just published my hiking guide to the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit, which includes about 70 more.

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Maria Island Circuit

After getting back to our van quite late on Wednesday afternoon, we said goodbye to Freycinet and drove to Triabunna, where we had a ferry booked for Maria Island the following day.

Weather had been great to us over the past few days, and that trend continued as we explored Maria Island.

Maria Island is known as one of the world’s best wildlife sanctuaries and also a great hiking destination. Again, to experience what this incredible place had to offer, we decided to see it on foot, on the Maria Island Circuit.

Here are some snaps from our time on the island.

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