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Monday 12th March:
Back to Port Arthur to complete our tour. All done and dusted by late morning so off to see the Remarkable Cave 5km away. A really impressive cave/hole in the rock that extends out to sea.
For lunch we went to the Lavender farm. The food was awesome. And the rain set in for the afternoon so perfect timing.
After lunch we ventured to the old coalmine 30km north of Port Arthur. This was a coal mine operated by the convicts from Port Arthur. It’s 30km north of Port Arthur. The rain broke just longer enough to see the site. Back to our cabin for a cup of tea and a lay down.
Tuesday 13th March:
Google Maps took us on an adventure today. When planning today’s trip from White Beach to Swansea Google Maps gave a trip itinerary of 152km and 2h 17m. The trip time sounded a bit high but Google Maps can be a bit off.
So off we went and to cut a long story short we ended up doing 35km on dirt road and 25km of that on a logging forestry road. At times we were down to walking speed as we negotiated wash aways, big potholes, steep hills and tennis ball sized gravel sections.
And we weren’t the only ones caught out by Google. We passed 6 others doing the same road following Google. We passed one couple in a camper van crawling along. Felt sorry for them in their “truck” rocking and rolling all over the place.
But all good and the mighty Mazda got us through to Swansea. At least Google got the roads correct so we made it out of the forest. And the view was awesome.
Wednesday 14th March:
Off to explore the Wineglass Bay area today (150km). First stop was the hiking trail into the lookout of Wineglass Bay. An awesome place and so so impressive.
Also checked out Sleepy Bay and Cape Tourville. Stopped for lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm. We had a dozen Kilpatrick oysters and then another half dozen oysters with smoked salmon and Brie cheese. So so yummy.
Thursday 15th March:
Off exploring the Swansea area today (150km round trip).
We visited 9 Mile Beach, Moulting Lagoon, Freycinet Marine Farm (awesome seafood lunch again), the roadside Pondering Frog Café for afternoon tea and the Swansea foreshore area for a wander.
Very stunning, peaceful, and quiet part of the world.
Friday 16th March:
Left Swansea for St Helens (150km & 3.5 hours) with a few stops along the way exploring, Bicheno among them.
Made it to St Helens by 1:30pm and down came the rain. It poured for most of the afternoon so we curled up in our cabin with a nice hot cup of tea.
Saturday 17th March:
Off exploring today (150km) along the coast and back into the foothills.
~ Binalong Bay and Bay of Fires
~ The Gardens
~ Sloop Rock
~ St Columba Falls
~ Pub in the paddock (meet Pricilla the beer drinking pig)
~ Pyengana Cheese Factory
~ St Helens Point conservation park
On the way back home from St Columba Falls we came across an accident. Two cars hit each side on a sharp corner. The airbags in both cars activated so all people were okay.
Sunday 18th March:
Foul weather today (cold, wet & windy) so went for a drive to the Mount Elephant Pancake Barn (140km round trip). Now this place is a bit out of the way but well worth the trip as their pancakes are awesome.
And thanks Ben for the tip that XPD 2018 Tasmania “Bay of Fires” was starting in St Helens today. We missed the start but swung by the MTB to Kayak transition point in Scamander.
The rain did clear late afternoon so the racers just have to put up with the cold and wind. Glad I’m a spectator.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy