Back to paradise

Driving north on the beautiful Lake Road in Tasmania, we were singing along to some good cheese on the radio. When three pirates in the car are doing everything they can to distract the chauffeur, driving on the left side of the road is difficult for at least one of us…

Bay of Fires

Because the weather was still fickle, we stopped at the info centre in Deloraine, where we were discouraged to go to Cradle Mountain National Park. We weren’t in the mood for more rain, cold and even snow, so decided to head to the South East coast instead where the weather would be much better. We stopped in St Helens to eat amazing seafood on the Paddle Wheeler, an old boat moored at the dock, and drove down to the Bay of Fires.

Great seafood and fish & chips at the Paddle Wheeler in St Helens
Great seafood and fish & chips at the Paddle Wheeler in St Helens

White sand, turquoise water, big rocks covered with red seaweed, it seemed like… well, camp fires burning. The view was spectacular.

Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Bay of Fires, Tasmania

House party

After a quick splash in the sea we drove further down to a beach house where a colleague of Leen’s and Koen’s was staying for the weekend with some friends. What a magnificent location!

Beach house Tasmania. It's for sale. Anyone who wants to buy a house with me?
Beach house Tasmania. It’s for sale. Anyone who wants to buy a house with me?
Reunion in Tasmania
Reunion in Tasmania

Great location, delicious food, fantastic music and lovely people are the ingredients for a great party. When outside on the terrace, the view on the sky was clear for the first time since we started this trip, and the stars and Milky Way were clearly visible. Unfortunately, the mosquitos weren’t, so it was way too late when we ran back inside to get some DEET. F*****s!

Freycinet National Park

After an ice ice cold morning swim down on the secluded beach to wake up, we drove further south to Freycinet National Park.

Pretty.
Pretty.
Early morning swim
Early morning swim

This time, no campsite with zero facilities, but deluxe camping with toilets, showers and outdoor kitchen. Wowsers!

Wineglass Bay

From here we did a long hike through Freycinet National Park to see Wineglass Bay. How dreamy can a beach be?

Walk to Wineglass Bay. Did we miss our flight and suddenly end up in Africa??
Walk to Wineglass Bay. Did we miss our flight and suddenly end up in Africa??
Wineglass Bay view
Wineglass Bay view

Douglas Apsley NP

The last walkabout in Tasmania this week was in Douglas Apsley National Park, to see a pretty waterfall. And swim, naturalmente.

Douglas-Apsley NP
Douglas-Apsley NP
Waterfall in Douglas-Apsley NP
Waterfall in Douglas-Apsley NP

Port Arthur

After a visit to the Tasmanian Devils (too cute to be scavengers really) in Natureworld , we went to Port Arthur, where the convict history is kept alive. Criminals were sent to this overseas prison even for minor offenses, locked up and tortured. Considered a black page in the country’s history, Queen Victoria wanted all evidence to disappear. Luckily, she didn’t succeed. In the sun, as we visited it, it is a lovely venue, though it gave me goosebumps a few times thinking about the misery that was there 150 years ago. The place is so full with history.

On the way back to Hobart, after a long drive (less singing this time), we stopped at another beautiful beach:

I will walk on water...
I will walk on water…

After this, back to the real world! Next stop: Melbourne!

Melbourne
Melbourne

With special thanks to World of Wanderlust, one of my favourite travel blogs, for some ideas on what to do in Tassie, especially when the weather turns against you :-)

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