Awestraya

North-East Coast Tasmania

Leaving the South Eastern corner of Tasmania, we passed through Hobart once again, before joining the Arthur Hwy and heading to North to Pirates Bay.

We had booked a few days accommodation at the Eaglehawk Neck Dive Centre, with the intention of seeing some of the sights the area had to offer above and beneath the water.

After carrying our scuba gear in the car for over 6 months it was finally time to dust it off and get it wet. Upon arrival at the dive centre, Anthony geared up and took a test dive in the pool to check his gear was still functioning as expected, before taking it into the ocean.

All went to plan and the swell was nice enough to stay down for Anthony to get two days diving in, before leaving. The water temperature wasn’t too bad either; the water temperature on all dives was 17 degrees which is about the same as Sydney during the Winter months.

Unfortunately I had to forfeit diving in Tassie as I’ve suffered from vertigo throughout parts of our trip (safety first)… so instead, I’ve continued with the ’60 Great Short Walks’ solo.  While he was off diving I did the ‘Waterfall Bay’ walk, number 3 on the ’60 Great Short Walks’ list

The next day while Anthony is enjoying his second day underwater, I’m ticking another walk on our list… Coal Mines Historic Site, walk number 2 in the ’60 Great Short Walks’!!

Heading north on the Tasman Hwy, we traveled to the small seaside village of Bicheno. A few weeks earlier in Hobart, Anthony had organised a new bank card to be delivered to the bank branch here. While there, the bank teller had informed us that Bicheno is often called “Fisheno”  by Tasmanians, due to the quality of the fishing to be found there.

Good fishing, of course, means even better diving, so Anthony booked a few days diving with Bicheno Dive Centre. The weather and the ocean were magnificent during our stay there.

Spending your mornings diving the local dive sites and then drinking beer in dive lodge during the afternoon / evening made it easy to think you were on a tropical holiday. Once again, the water temperature was around 17 degrees with 10m+ visibility ( although I am told the visibility is normally much better) in the water at all times.

 

I was again, stuck on dry land, hence, more walking!! Wineglass Bay, Tasmania’s famous postcard picture!!

Wineglass Bay view

Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach Circuit is number 56 in the ’60 Great Short Walks’ list. Five hours circuit walk… mission accomplished!! 🙂

It’s such a pretty area to explore but unfortunately we had to keep moving North.

Drinking a beer at Ironhouse Brewery

North of Bicheno, we stopped over for a quick at the Ironhouse Brewery. Then, it was onward to the famous Bay of Fires.

Near the Bay of Fires is the famous “Pub in a Paddock”. The pub sells stubbies of beer waste that you can share with the beer drinking pig Priscilla outside. Be warned though she is not a girl you want to be in a drinking competition. She can finish a stubbie of beer in no time flat and is always keen for another!

Leaving the Bay of Fires, we headed North West toward Bridport. Once we arrived, we still needed to find somewhere to sleep for the night. Anthony had spotted some camping spots on the map around 20km to the East on the map in the Waterhouse Conservation Area so we headed out and were not disappointed.

Our time in Tasmania was now growing short and we needed to be back in the Devonport area for the ferry. Before we left we had time for a few more activities though, we back tracked to Deloraine that we had visited upon arriving Tasmania with Peter and Jenny.

On our first trip through the area we didn’t get time to stop at Liffey Falls. Anthony also wanted to visit a local knife maker so he could get a souvenir of our time in Tasmania.

Liffey Falls, was also number 42 on the ’60 Great Short Walks’ -So we have now completed 21 of the ’60 Great Short Walks’ in Tasmania!! Over one third of the walks done and dusted!! 😉

All good things must come to an end and unfortunately our time in Tasmania was up. We tried to change our sailing date on the ferry but with the end of Summer the Spirit of Tasmania drops back to only sailing once per day. So if we didn’t catch the ferry we were booked on, we would have been forced to stay in Tasmania until May.