The second post in our Port Davey – Bathurst Harbour series shows you through the Bathurst Channel, a 7 miles long narrow waterway that links the two large water expanses of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Several coves come off the Channel where you can anchor. During this part of our exploration we have had some rainy and very windy days, which is to be expected in this part of the world where the weather reigns supreme.
The Bathurst Channel is quite deep, over 30m in places, compared to the depth of 7 or 8 meters in the ‘harbours’. The coves coming off the channel are even shallower, 2 to 4 meters. They offer shelter from gale force winds if you tie yourself to the shore rather than freely swing at anchor. Winds can be swirly with the tall hills overlooking the waterways. So the trick is to drop the anchor close to the water’s edge, then run lines to the shore with the dinghy and tie the boat to tree trunks. With the anchor at the bow and the lines at the stern, once tucked in, you are protected from ferocious gusts in your cat’s cradle.
At times the weather has impeded any excursion ashore. But we have managed to avert cabin fever by venturing out whenever we could and climbing up some of the tall hills that offer spectacular views to those who dare to bush bash. There are few tracks here; you scramble through button grass, knee to thigh deep heather, screes and rivulets, wombat trails if you are lucky!
The images in this gallery show you the views and feel of this wild place. We hope you get a sense of its vastness, remoteness and moodiness.
The next post will focus on Bathurst Harbour anchorages. Bring your brollies and gum boots !