Aurora Australis – Southern Lights

Just to be super clear, you won’t see the Aurora Australis (aka: Southern Lights) from our cruise; but we do have a lot of photography enthusiasts on board so we get asked about it frequently. We thought we would cover a few FAQ’s Q: What are the Southern Lights / Aurora Australis? A:  The Aurora…
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Two Italian brothers and a Granite Quarry

It is not surprising that Freycinet has an abandoned Granite Quarry; the granite that makes up the Hazards Mountain range is both unique, and quite spectacular. The Quarry was leased by 2 brothers from Italy, Mario and Biagio Zanchetta, and began operation in 1943. In the beginning, the rock was extracted using using hand drills, wooden…
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Schouten Island – Freycinet Peninsula

Schouten Island is a rugged Island about 1.6 km south of the Freycinet Peninsula. The island is popular for camping and kayaking but with no ferry service, the island very rarely has more than a few people on it at a time, which is naturally part of the charm. The coastline is made up of…
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Cape Tourville Lighthouse

Cape Tourville Lighthouse is just a short distance past Wineglass Bay, depending on the day, we will sometimes meander to take a peek at The Nuggets which are located just below. The lighthouse was constructed in 1971 and replaced the Cape Forestier Lighthouse, which was completely inaccessible and decommissioned once the Cape Tourville Lighthouse was operational….
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The sand of Wineglass

High Silica Beaches Beaches are not necessarily the first thing that come to mind when you think of Tasmania, more likely images are of rolling green country side, orchards, and pastoral landscapes; but never the less, Tasmania’s East Coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.   You know we’re going to start talking…
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Who’s Lichen Freycinet?

Lichen – cooler than algea. You know that thing that happens when you take a holiday to a remote and beautiful part of the world? A place where the beauty takes your breath away, and you remember that the earth is an amazing place and you need to  spend more time soaking in the staggeringly…
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Noctiluca Scintillans – Sea Sparkles

Noctiluca Scintillans – Have you ever walked a beach at night and noticed the waves glowing? Not from your torch, but glowing from with in? What you are looking at in those moments are dinoflagelates, a type of phytoplankton known as Noctiluca Scintillans, (literally translated: twinkling night light), or you may have heard them referred to…
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East Australian Current – EAC “Dude”

Every now and then, when talking about the East Australian Current, (EAC), one of our crew may inadvertently follow the word “E.A.C.”, with the word “Dude”, in a Californian surfer accent, (so more like “Duuuuude”). We thought we should apologise for this occasional twitch and explain it’s origins, for those who may not have seen…
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