Honeymoon Bay - Freycinet National Park
The hard granite rock beneath me was surprisingly comfortable and I felt relaxed. Above me there wasn't a cloud in sight, only the glow of the midday sun.
Closing my eyes, I can hear the rustle of eucalyptus leaves softly scratching against each other in the gentle breeze and the faint ripple of water. Breathing in the subtle salty air, the only noise is the sound of a raucous group of yellow tailed black cockatoos soaring and screeching in the sky above.
So this was what Tasmania was about. Honeymoon Bay in the Freycinet National Park, to be precise.
A picturesque two and a half drive from Launceston and Hobart, the first place to stop is the visitor's centre at Freycinet National Park. Here I met a young, enthusiastic ranger who told me a visit to Honeymoon Bay is compulsory. Who was I to refuse his advice and obvious love of the Apple Isle?
After a five-minute drive, I park the car and throw on my bikinis, sunscreen and hat. Carrying my beach towel, I walk down a sandy path surrounded by native bush. A minute later, Honeymoon Bay materialises in front of me. Its beauty stops me in my tracks.
I see a group of hip young things lying on the sand and a family with children playing in the shallow water. Even by this standard, it was a little too busy for me so I walked to the far end of the cove to explore. Clambering barefoot over the granite rocks there are clusters of sharp seashells housing tiny sea creatures that can make walking somewhat unbearable. However I was soon rewarded with complete serenity and zero people in the neighbouring cove.
Not one to idle for too long, the water is so shallow I water walk from one cove to the next, stopping to chat to other people along the way. I soon realise there is so much more to do than luxuriate beneath the foot of the granite mountains known as the Hazards. Snorkeling, swimming, canoeing, diving, fishing and boating are a few of the activities for visitors to indulge in.
After an hour, I choose to throw my towel down on the rocks and look around. With the fragrant wildflowers, native animals, shallow sapphire water and eucalyptus trees providing the most outrageously striking backdrop, it is very easy to see why it was called Honeymoon Bay.