The North West has such an impressive coastline with its typical Bass Strait colours: rugged foreshores with jagged granite boulders painted with orange and yellow lichen, deep ultramarine seas and aqua waters close to the sandy shores.
In the last few days we have enjoyed brighter weather, though still windy and chilly, and great sails. One of the highlights was sailing around Rocky Cape and anchoring at Burgess Cove: truly spectacular!
The Nut, Rocky Cape and Table Cape stand as sentinels in this part of the coast. There is an aboriginal dreaming about these headlands. They stand alone, representing three teenagers punished and cast out into isolation by the elders for not looking after the tribe’s younger children as asked, causing their drowning in the cold sea. The landscape is intertwined in this story about the consequences of neglecting your duties.
To our eyes The Nut might have been the effusive and headstrong one of the three youngsters, Table Cape the more sedate, even tempered one, but Rocky Cape was the fiery, spirited one. See for yourself… what do you think?
And now we have moved on from these wild shores to an area where rocky foreshores are replaced by sandy beaches and green pastures. We have sailed to the Port Sorell region in the Central North Coast, 50 miles on. The Rubicon Estuary is popular with holiday makers, so very different to the North West, but it offers protected anchorages along its banks where birdlife is abundant and sandy shores make for pleasant wanders. We arrived on Thursday night and are spending Christmas here while lighter sunny and warm ESE conditions prevail. Merry Christmas to all.
Here is a gallery showing more of the beautiful Bass Strait shores and life on board Take It Easy.