Camping at Friendly Beaches

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After Bicheno we travelled down the east coast of Tasmania to Freycinet National Park.  We made it down the dirt road with our caravan and we were greeted with this lovely view of the ocean.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches There aren’t a lot of spaces in this campground that would suit a large van, we were lucky to get there when we did.  Camping here was free with a national parks pass and a ranger came around at one point to check that we had one.  I don’t seem to have any pictures of our camping spot which was lovely other than that dirty sand that’s almost like ash.  Fortunately we have a great mat that the sand will fall through, but there’s no hope of keeping the kids’ feet clean when we’re in a place like this! We saw some wildlife while we were here, also.  I heard some rustling outside one night and found a possum sitting on our table rifling through the rubbish that we hadn’t gotten around to putting away for the evening.  That meant possum poo on the mat, which the kids always find entertaining.  There was one little wallaby that hung around, at least I suppose it was the same one, and I managed to get close enough with TurboBug that we could offer it a carrot.  He sniffed it but wasn’t interested. (The wallaby, that is.)  TurboBug was fascinated and watched him quietly.  One or two of us even saw a wombat.  The elusive wombat remains an animal I haven’t seen in the wild so I hustled out for a look but it was gone.  After we set up that first day we headed down to the beach for a peek.  It was beautiful.  More white sand and plenty of exploring.  The water was calm enough here for the kids to go in, but it was cold so they didn’t spend too much time in the water. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches The kids busied themselves right away making sandcastles. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches LadyBug was enjoying herself so much.  She was literally dancing in the waves. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches If TurboBug sees a sand bucket he knows just what to do, and he gets quite annoyed with anyone who gets in his way.  Just stand back and let this kid fill the bucket with sand and no one will be harmed.  He also spent time digging holes which we’d fill up with water.  He didn’t mind at all that every bucketful disappeared as quickly as we poured it.  That just meant we got to fill up the bucket again! How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches These two love to pretend they’re surfing.   They maintain a surfer stance while the water crashes around them, then jump the wave and switch to the other side. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches Sandcastle cities started appearing all over the hillside. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches We took a walk down the beach and found a fairy house.  It was finished with quite some detail including a front porch, furniture inside, and trees for the garden.  My younger kids are still not quite sure whether to believe it is an actual fairy house or not.  🙂 How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches I love seagulls.  I may be the only person to ever utter that sentence!  I love to watch them, some of them are quite beautiful. DSC_3331 More pictures of the beautiful area. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches I love it when toddlers learn to smile for the camera.  It makes for interesting expressions sometimes.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches At this beach the kids were much more interested in playing than exploring.  They had quite the sand fight. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches Dad fished.  He even got up early every morning and fished some more.  His grand total was one flathead and one mackerel.  His first ever ocean fish, so I think he quite liked Friendly Beaches as well. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches The sand was so fine here, so so soft and so beautifully white. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches Toward the late afternoon some of these jellyfish started washing up on the shore.  They were fascinating.  Such a striking blue colour.  They’re called Velella, also known as ‘by-the-wind sailors’ because they have a little sail on top that helps them catch the wind and move across the water. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches We left our sandcastle cities in tact, mostly.  The kids couldn’t resist smashing a few.  In our later trips to the beach it was great fun to observe which were still standing.  How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches  How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches Back at the caravan we pulled out a drawing book I brought along and the boys were engrossed with it for ages, drawing cities and little worlds. We even got some schooling done here. How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly BeachesHow Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches One last look… How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches How Many More Minutes? ~ Camping at Friendly Beaches Sigh.  Tasmania, what lovely coasts you have!

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