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Week 10, Roaming Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 20 February 2024
Top temperature today was 22 degrees.
Leaving from our camp site for the day at Mayfield Conservation Camping, we head to Coles Bay. We traverse some of the normal (Tassie), narrow highways that they seem to call a road. There is even more roadkill we needed to watch out for here, Deer.
We stopped at the Coles Bay Tas Parks Visitor Centre to pick up some relevant information. Before we drive off we took a short 10 minute easy walk down to the beautiful sandy beach at Great Oyster Bay.
On the way back to the car we had a walk through the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, caravan camp grounds. There were 18 powered sites with water for $16 a night, but they are very popular and need to be booked by a phone call well in advance. We saw lots of blue wrens on our walk.
Cape Tourville was an easy 20 minute circuit walk around the lighthouse with panoramic views towards Wineglass Bay and Friendly Beaches. It is suitable for wheelchairs. It had spectacular views.
From Cape Tourville lighthouse you can see The Nuggets. A very barren isolated set of rocks that are fantastic places for birds to roost and breed.
Another short drive brings us to Sleepy Bay. A 5 minute walk downwards on a flat track brought us to a beautiful rocky bay with turquoise waters and orange lichen rocks. The view was next level. This beach was full of tiny stones, not sand, or stones. We highly recommend doing this walk.
Continuing 15 minutes along the track you encounter steps up and down, around and around and the occasional tree routes. It had lovely coastal views. At the end the track does have a steep descent to a small cove, a paradise and it passes high cliff tops. We highly recommend the walk but only for able bodied people. This walk was named Sleepy Bay Beach.
Driving back towards Coles Bay we took a look at Honeymoon Bay another small beach with beautiful coloured rocks with a small easy walk.

Heading back towards Coles Bay Town site we pulled in to Richardson's beach to have our picnic lunch. Another lovely sandy beach for swimming in the right weather.

One consideration we had was camping at Friendly Beach after we move on from Mayfield, however we learned that camp area is closed to camping due to a fire destroying the area in 2023. The Parks Staff aren't sure if it will open again till 2025.
On the last leg of our return to the camp we took a diversion into Devils Corner. It didn't disappoint. Went up the Great Oyster Bay Lookout and then went downstairs for a quick taste before heading back to camp.

Wednesday 21 February 2024
Temperature today reached 20 degrees.
Sees us welcoming another Sunland (Patriot) to beautiful Mayfield Bay, the owners were Max & Marion. They too are heading anticlockwise like us. After saying hello we went for a walk Southwards along Mayfield Bay Beach towards the Tasman Sea Salt works. It started off very wet from overnight showers and windy and turned into a lovely blue sky day, although the wind held up.
We took another look at the 3 Arches Bridge.
We enjoyed a lovely happy hour with Max & Marian.

Thursday 22 February 2024
It's moving day. We say good bye to Max & Marian & beautiful Mayfield Beach Conservation Camping site, a donation campsite.
Heading off the road provides some nice foliage to break up the many narrow and winding roadways.
A diversion into Devils Corner for a paparazzi photo shoot with Marmalade.
Driving further north to our next destination we travel through Bicheno. A side trip stop at the blowhole was a must. Although as we left Mayfield the temperature gradually rose to a peak of 31 degrees at Bicheno we encountered a very windy day. But spectacular.
Leaving Bicheno, after a quick provisions and fuel pickup, we arrive at our destination Iron House Brewery, Distillery and Vineyard. This is a free camp, with $3 washing machines. It's also a rugged bit a beachfront. It did have a few locals that came to welcome us.

Friday 23 February 2024
We awoke to a beautiful fine day, calm ocean waves and the sun was shining. Whilst St Helens was flooded we didn't feel a drop and we were a short distance away. We got the washing out the way and enjoyed a mighty fine Smeg coffee while watching it dry. Decided to take Deborah for lunch to the slightly salty cafe. On our walk over we heard some other lunch guests arriving.
Lunch was delicious and reasonably priced.
Ian noticed a colourful picture on a small rock on top of a wine barrel near the window and went to investigate. It was a Tas Rock - aka a kindness rock. These small rocks are hidden in different public location for people to discover and bring you joy. It is your choice to keep it or find another home to leave for another gentle soul to find and bring them joy. We have thanked the artist on the Tas Rocks Facebook page. Decided to keep it for now, take it home to Busselton with us in our Sunland Caravan across the Bass Strait, and release it in WA, on a full moon around our famous longest wooden pile Jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.
Took a drive to see Lagoon Beach ( where you can free camp for up to a month). Lovely spot between the ocean and the river where a bit of salmon fishing was happening feeding the campers. Lots of locals camped up. Looks like a great spot.

A short drive to 4 Mile Lookout.

Saturday 24 February 2024
It was an early pack up as we had been told we needed to get to Bay of Fires as early as possible in the morning.
As we drove through Scamander we took the opportunity to top the tank with water, dropped off our rubbish to the bins. Shortly after it was an IGA and Bakery stop at St Helens to pick up the necessary items. St Helens was a beautiful scenic beachside town. Recently it flooded here. We could see evidence at the sides of the roads on our drive. A few more kilometres down the road and we were at Swimcart Beach, Bay of Fires Conservation Reserve. We spied a mini van moving out and happened to snag a beachside spot. We parked up, set up. First task was to get the Smeg coffee machine out and Barista Ian made us a delicious coffee that went very nicely with the vanilla slice. Thanks Chef.
A nice walk along the beach provided a few shells for the collection, and later in the afternoon a first outing for Deborah's kite.
The evening also provided a full moon for our enjoyment. No werewolves were harmed in the taking of these photos.

Sunday 25 February 2024
A relaxing start to the day. Had a phone call From Aunty Gloria, they had arrived and parked up in our beach front street at Swimcart Beach. What a delight to catch up. Deborah had made a big sour dough loaf for us all for lunch. Everyone enjoyed it, not a crumb was left.
We set off for our afternoon reconnoitre firstly we visited the camping spots further north along the Bay of Fires.
Cosy corner South, Cosy Corner North (good spot to camp), Sloop Lagoon, Seatons Cove, finishing up at The Gardens, a small hamlet at the end of the road.(no camping allowed here) We discovered a lovely small Container house at The Gardens. Notice the chains holding down the water tank, as when it's empty it could blow away.
Today was the day we decided to reach the furthest eastern point in Tasmania, Eddystone Point (Larapuna). The lighthouse was built in 1889, is 35 metres tall and has a range of 26 nautical miles. The old Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, there are three of them, are now used as tourist accommodation. There is a boat ramp here for people to use. If you intend to come to this destination you need to be totally self sufficient.
We arrived home in enough time to share Happy Hour with Aunty Gloria & Uncle Harry.

A bit of a sunset bike ride adventure as Ian Jeep ducked a beautiful white Laredo parked up at Swimcart Beach. The idea is to share a smile with another Jeep owner.

Monday 26 February 2024
Saint Helens exploration day but firstly after cooking up a sourdough loaf we had a delivery to make to Aunty Gloria & Uncle Harry who had moved this morning to Dora Point, in the Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area. (Free camping). Our delivery turned into a cuppa and chat time. As usual Aunty Gloria shared some lovely home made slices. On our drive we encountered a kangaroo bounding across the Nature Reserve.
Had a wander through Saint Helens, and found in particular two lovely shops. One was Annie's Cottage Craft where I found some lovely material & some triangle templates that I will put to good use at home.
If you are passing through you must also visit Mint Gallery & Gift Shop in Cecilia Street, Saint Helens. It sells products made in Tasmania or some were designed in Tasmania. We certainly have supported this beautiful picturesque town. Recent Saint Helens was chosen as a spot to be rained upon & flooded by Mother Nature. The surrounding area got nothing. Headed back to camp to see our last sunset at Swimcart Beach. The sand here is beautiful and white, the ocean is the colour of blue/green crystal clear water with small white waves. Tonight there is a very slight breeze. We are sitting in our dining area of our van watching the moon rise over the ocean. It has been such a relaxing place to visit. Everybody who comes to camp wants a beachside camping spot. We were so fortunate to secure one.
Tomorrow is moving day, more on that next week.

Posted by iandeborah 10:59

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Have spent many hours fishing at Eddystone Point

Very rugged and gorgeous scenery

Tasmania is quite stunning ❤️

by Rose

You're enjoying such an amazing holiday in a very beautiful part of the country. I love your photos.
Keep having fun.

by Vicki Berkhout

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