In our quest to head to the tropics, every little bit of progress north helps. We are doing small hops along the South Coast whenever the southerlies blow. But as soon as the northerlies take over, we have to stop!
When we embarked on our Tasmanian Voyage on 27 February 2018, we knew it would be dazzling. Over two months we sailed our catamaran Take It Easy right around this wild island state. With its history, its vast wilderness areas, its dramatic coastline and abundant wildlife, there is so much to see and experience.
At dawn on Sunday 29 April, we crossed the bar at Lakes Entrance after the most sedate of Bass Strait crossings, and put a serene end to our Tasmanian Voyage.
We have swapped the dramatic dolerite columns of the Tasman Peninsula for ‘la vie en rose’ at the Freycinet Peninsula. It is a gentler geology: dome-shaped hills of pink granite slabs, highlighted with orange lichen.
We are underway again and what a spectacular coast the Tasman Peninsula is! Dolerite cliffs 300m high come straight down to the ocean. These giant sea columns are absolutely colossal. There is a catch though: after several days of strong wind, there is a fair bit of swell and the rebound against the tall cliffs turns…
After being in the Tasmanian wilderness for weeks you have mixed feelings about returning to so-called civilisation. On one hand you want to experience more of these primal places where the weather dictates your life and you feel totally in awe of nature. On the other hand you yearn for ‘normality’, creature comforts and less effort.
Having been weather bound ever since we had got into Port Davey, we were not going to miss the weather window to escape out two weeks later. And besides we were running dangerously low on loo paper! So on Friday 6 April, we headed out.
For this third post in our Port Davey – Bathurst Harbour series, we share with you the vastness of Bathurst Harbour. To really appreciate the extent and size of this basin and its inlets you have to climb those hills regardless of the soggy weather!