We are in Recherche Bay at the bottom of Tasmania. The vistas - everywhere you turn to look - are breathtaking. Our anchorage is a protected bay within the larger bay called Coalbins and from the boat you can see the opposite shore or the expanse of water stretching out to the North.
Right now the westerly winds are blowing. At times they're much lighter than you would expect coming off the southern ocean and then in the next minute the wind gathers strength to whip up the water surface and leave the boat pulling left and then right against her mooring line. We are waiting for those unpredictable and often fierce westerlies to settle down and for a change to more favourable wind speeds and direction. Our plan is to move out into the Southern Ocean early in the morning and around the coast to a place called Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour. Every time I think about it I get that tense, almost sick, feeling in the bottom of my stomach. That feeling comes to me when I know we're sailing to a new place. You would think after making it all the way down here I wouldn't get that "stage fright" feeling .. but I do, in spades.
Once we move around to explore Bathurst Harbour we will be out of contact with the world through phone or the internet. The only contact will be via either limited VHF radio coverage or HF radio coverage. The area is a true National Park treasure and, supposedly, one of the most beautiful places on our planet. If you would like to find out more about the area, or see a YouTube video on the national park click here to go to a link .
As I say each time I sit down to blog ... "the past few days/weeks have been soooo busy" .. and since I blogged last it's been no exception. We've been to some amazing places and seen some grand sights and now, to get in as much as I'd like to and not be too boring, I'm just going to post pictures below ....
|This is the outside of a large "shed" in the bush which is the home of THE WALL.|
The Wall, when finished, will be a collection of 100 sculpted panels of Huon pine with scenes representing the pioneer spirit of Tasmanians, the clash of cultures with Aboriginal people and the plants and animals that define the bush.
The art is simply amazing, in fact words don't/can't do it justice. The artist is Greg Duncan and he's been working on this for over 10 years now. What he can create out of wood is almost too real to be believed. You can't take photos inside the building but to get a taste of what it looks like and more information click here to go to the website
|Leaving the Derwent River - Hobart - in the early morning we passed a cruise ship on the way in to Hobart city.|
|More fabulous and ancient rock formations on the way down to Rescherche Bay. This island was so worn the fast tour boats could just go in behind it and peak out through the tunnels.|
|The far beach in Rescherche Bay,|
|The mountains of the rugged South West coast. That's where we headed .. to the bay nearest to these mountains.|
It looks like Middle Earth doesn't it?
So tomorrow we're off into the southern ocean and around to Port Davey. I won't be able to blog for a week .. maybe more ... but when we're back there will be lots and lots to share!