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February 2014

Coles Bay - Day 4

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Looks like a much better day today - mostly sunny with a temperature range of 11 to 18 degrees - but the best bit is the wind has dropped.

We spent the morning enjoying the sun and reading the papers. We had planned to walk up to the Wine Glass Bay Lookout, but after sitting in the sun all morning we took the lazy option and walked around Coles Bay instead. After returning from our walk we started the process of packing up as we are leaving for Longford in the morning.

Sapphire Lodge from Muir's Beach

Sapphire Lodge from Muir's Beach

Di at the Muir's Beach boat-ramp

Di at the Muir's Beach boat-ramp

Looking south from the end of Muir's Beach

Looking south from the end of Muir's Beach

The Hazards

The Hazards

The Hazards from the end of Muir's Beach at Coles Bay

The Hazards from the end of Muir's Beach at Coles Bay

The cruise boat to Wine Glass Bay

The cruise boat to Wine Glass Bay

The hazards from the Coles Bay boat-ramp

The hazards from the Coles Bay boat-ramp

Boats anchored in the Cove at Coles Bay

Boats anchored in the Cove at Coles Bay

Looking south from the Cove at Coles Bay

Looking south from the Cove at Coles Bay

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Coles Bay - Day 3

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Still windy, cool and cloudy with a forecast maximum of 18 degrees.

Today we had a lazy morning and decided to drive down to Swansea after lunch. One of the reasons for going to Swansea was to get some Bio Magic for the holding tanks, which is available from Morris' Store. On the way we stopped at the Lookout near the Devil's Corner vineyard for some photos of Moulting Lagoon with the Hazards in the distance. We also stopped at the Wye River where a local had added a sign observing that the Wye river is bigger than a creek - but not much in my opinion. At Swansea we had a drive around checking out the sights, looked at the dump point which is better than the one at Bicheno, then had a coffee at the Bark Mill before returning to Coles Bay.

Moulting Lagoon and The Hazards from Devil's Corner

Moulting Lagoon and The Hazards from Devil's Corner

Devil's Corner Vineyard, north of Swansea

Devil's Corner Vineyard, north of Swansea

Wye River - not much bigger than a creek!

Wye River - not much bigger than a creek!

Morris' General Store at Swansea, Circa 1838

Morris' General Store at Swansea, Circa 1838

Looking south from Swansea

Looking south from Swansea

The Hazards from Swansea

The Hazards from Swansea

Schouten House B & B at Swansea

Schouten House B & B at Swansea

Back at camp we spent Happy Hour chatting to our neighbours, Noel and Bronwyn in the caravan behind us. They are from Iluka on the Clarence River in New South Wales, and are visiting Tassie to see their son and grand-children who had recently moved to Launceston from Yamba - across the Clarence River form Iluka. They have now done more than 100,000 kms in their caravan so we compared notes on our travels. Noel was a former NT Policeman who spent time in Katherine and Kakadu - interestingly he had a former Police colleague that ran a truck and bus wrecking yard up a back road in Katherine in the 1970s - Neil and Sandra will remember that place in 1978!

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Coles Bay - Day 2

Monday 3 February 2014

Forecast for today was cloudy with a maximum of only 18 degrees, after yesterday's 27 degrees.

We had a restless night wondering if we should roll up our awning as the wind came up during the night. The forecast was for more wind over the next 2 days, with gusts of 30 to 40 knots, so we packed away our awning - at least we will sleep better tonight. With the weather today a bit cool and breezy we decided to drive up to Bicheno and check out Friendly Beaches and Cape Tourville on the way back. At Bicheno we did a bit of shopping, filled up with diesel at $1.69 a litre, checked out the Bicheno dump point as Coles Bay does not have one, then had some sandwiches for lunch at the Waub's Bay sea wall.

Bicheno Jetty at The Gulch

Bicheno Jetty at The Gulch

North easterly swell at The Gulch, Bicheno

North easterly swell at The Gulch, Bicheno

Governor Island at Bicheno

Governor Island at Bicheno

Fishing boats anchored in Waub's Bay, Bicheno

Fishing boats anchored in Waub's Bay, Bicheno

Peggy's Point at Bicheno

Peggy's Point at Bicheno

Bicheno sea wall - will they get wet?

Bicheno sea wall - will they get wet?

Yes - they will get wet!

Yes - they will get wet!

After having our sandwiches we had a coffee at the White Dog Café which is part of the old Silver Sands Motel, now looking very tired - unlike 48 years ago when it was nearly new. After our coffee we headed back towards Coles Bay and drove into Friendly Beaches to check out the views and the camp sites. It was still cool and breezy with a sea mist making things look a bit dull and grey. We did the loop through the camp grounds and noticed that there were quite a few camp sites big enough to take our van - so maybe next time we could try this spot.

Di at Friendly Beaches

Di at Friendly Beaches

Friendly Beaches looking south

Friendly Beaches looking south

Looking out to sea from Friendly Beaches on a grey day

Looking out to sea from Friendly Beaches on a grey day

Our next stop was the Cape Tourville Lighthouse that was built in 1971 to replace the almost inaccessible Forestier Lighthouse on nearly Lemon Rock. From the car park there is a board walk that takes you around the Cape to the lighthouse with good views along the coast - or they would be on a clear day. We could see Wine Glass Bay in the misty distance.

Rocks off Cape Tourville

Rocks off Cape Tourville

Wine Glass Bay from Cape Tourville

Wine Glass Bay from Cape Tourville

Cape Tourville Lighthouse

Cape Tourville Lighthouse

Blue Heeler checking out the flowers

Blue Heeler checking out the flowers

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Coles Bay - Day 1

Sunday 2 February 2014

Today's forecast was for a warm sunny day with a maximum of 27 degrees.

We picked up our van from the storage yard at Cambridge and returned home to start the process of packing up for 2-3 weeks on the road. By 11:00 am we were on our way for the 189 km trip to Coles Bay where we had a 2 day booking at the Iluka Holiday Park. The GPS suggested 2.5 hours and knowing the state of the road it would be at least that. We arrived at Orford a bit over an hour later having negotiated Black Charlies Opening at about 30 kph not helped by a very tight corner at the bottom of the hill, and the very narrow road along the Prosser River - thankfully no trucks on a Sunday. We parked on the Esplanade at Orford while we had lunch at Scorchers - a pizza to share with a cold drink.

All packed up and ready to go

All packed up and ready to go

Parked on the Esplanade at Orford for lunch

Parked on the Esplanade at Orford for lunch

Prosser River at Orford

Prosser River at Orford

We arrived at the Iluka Holiday Park shortly after 3:00 pm and paid for 2 nights. We were allocated Site 102, which along with 103 next door are the largest sites in the park - one of the advantages of being a 5th wheeler. After spending a couple of hours setting up on a very warm afternoon we decided to pay up for another 2 days and stay at Coles Bay for 4 days rather than continue on for 2 days of free camping at the Bay of Fires. One of the disadvantages of Coles Bay is there is only one fuel outlet and they are charging $1.99 a litre for diesel - daylight robbery - it should be about $1.69 a litre, so we will fill up at either Bicheno or Swansea while we are touring around.

Site 102 at Iluka Holiday Park, Coles Bay

Site 102 at Iluka Holiday Park, Coles Bay

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Tassie in February

Plans and preparation

Some time ago we made some bookings at the Longford Caravan Park for the Launceston Festivale weekend followed by a few days at the Myrtle Park Campground. As the forecast for February was for generally fine and warm weather we decided to leave home on the 2nd of February and have four days on the East Coast, followed by 4 days at Longford, then 4 days at Myrtle Park. After that we are thinking of a few days at Deloraine or Sheffield, then a trip home over the Lake Highway with a few days at Arthurs Lakes.

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