In case you were wondering, we did get to do the 20km walk to South East Cape Bay and for a brief time enjoy knowing that we were the most southerly people in Australia ( I know…….apart from a bunch of scientists on Macquarie Island). It was awesome!! Cold, raining on and off, and the Roaring Forties attempting to blow us of our feet. Very atmospheric. More pictures here
After we left Cockle Creek we went back to stay in the lovely little town of Geeveston for the second time. With the downturn in the timber and apple industries it is attempting to re-invent itself as a centre for arts and crafts. The town folk are very friendly and they are trying to encourage tourists to stop off here by providing free camping in the town park. To give you an idea of the extent of the hospitality, today a local man that we had only met a few times and who works at a salmon farm near here arrived at our doorstep with around $40 of fresh and smoked salmon that he insisted that we take as a gift. How cool is that!! Diane is putting Geeveston on the list of places that she could live if and when we get sick of travelling. We have even seen our first Tasmanian platypus in the river next to where we are camped!
Yesterday we went to Hartz Mountain National Park and did a lovely alpine walk to the summit. Could see a big chunk on SE Tasmania from the top after walking through stunning alpine vegetation. More pictures here.
After we finally dragged ourselves away from Geeveston, we drove up to Huonville and then on down to Cygnet before finding a lovely spot to camp almost completely surrounded by water at Verona Sands.