With 3+ knots of current with us, the miles flew by
Finally, after a surprisingly mellow four day crossing of the Tasman Sea, we made landfall at Wineglass Bay at dawn...what a treat to drop the pick in Tasmania and watch the sun come up before anchor beers and a good sleep!!!
|We were anchored at the little spit across the bay from here to try to get some protection from the swells...didn't happen!|
We'd been to Tasmania a year before with our trusty old land cruiser, but this was our first sail down here. Wineglass, though gorgeous, was a rolly anchorage, and we didn't spend too much time there. Besides, we were eager to sail to Hobart, to meet up with good Seattle mates David and Diana, veterans of several joint Bravo adventures.
We rented a couple of camper vans and hit the road to do some fantastic backpacking and hiking around this terrific southern Australian state. Some we had hit the previous year, other spots were new to all of us, but all were a great time. In no particular order, here are some highlights:
With its beautiful beaches, and Wineglass Bay hiking, this is just a fantastic intro to Tasmania.
Walls of Jerusalem
|Summit ridge rock hopping. Much of the hiking was above tree line this far south|
Bay of Fires
We drove around the north east coast, camping in some sweet beach camps along the way.
Into the World of Opium...
|Tbe men and their machine!|
Mt. Fields National Park
Heading west, we paid a visit to Mt. Fields. Though the weather was a bit more Tasmania-like, we got in some good hiking in the mist around the old ski fields.
It was a bit of a soggy hike!
Corinna, the Tasmanian Rainforest
Our final exploration with David and Diana was back in the Hobart area, on the coast near Port Arthur. There was some dramatic coast hiking to be found at Cape Raoul!
|South Bruny Island lighthouse|
After a few weeks of land exploring, we sadly said our good byes to D&D, and loaded Bravo back up to check out more of Tasmania by water. It really reminds us of our home turf, the US and Canadian Pacific Northwest. Beautiful cruising grounds, with lots of little bays and gunk holes to discover.
That about wraps up our Tasmanian junket earlier this year. We had a good sail back north to Sydney. Took a bit longer due to that East Australian current on the nose. We enjoyed Pittwater in the off season, much more laid back than at Christmas and New Years. Then hopped up to Yamba for a wonderful visit with cruising mates Lionel and Irene from s/y Kiapa. They've bought a really outstanding B&B, (https://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/nsw/northern-rivers-byron-bay/yamba/4937325). If you're looking for an Aussie getaway, you can't do better!
We've just completed a quick haul out here on the Gold Coast for anti foul and a few other odds and ends. Now in Southport, we're looking good to clear out and sail to New Caledonia tomorrow. Looks like a decent weather window, and we should arrive in about a week. We plan to spend about three months in New Cal, supposed to be some beautiful diving. Then "lather, rinse, repeat".....(sail back to Australia before cyclone season arrives). Cheers!