For this third post in our Port Davey – Bathurst Harbour series, we share with you the vastness of Bathurst Harbour. To really appreciate the extent and size of this basin and its inlets you have to climb those hills regardless of the soggy weather!
March-April were supposed to be good months to venture around the South West Wilderness of Tasmania. But we have had unseasonably sustained rainy and windy weather, the type of conditions you get at the start of winter! Despite the foul weather we have explored, often coming back from our bushwalks totally soaked and muddy but happy to have escaped cabin fever! And even in these dreary conditions, Bathurst Harbour is still awesome, and you feel insignificant in this vast landscape of stunning, moody moorlands, overlooked by rugged mountains.
Apart from the consistently bad weather here, we have also been amazed by the number of boats in this so called remote part of the world. We are all weather bound and congregating in a few broader anchorages, but yet it is a surprise and a little bit of a disappointment.
However, we are making the most of our stay in this stunning part of Tasmania. One of the highlights of our wanders has been seeing the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot at a bird hide in Melaleuca Inlet, where these rare birds are being helped to survive. Melaleuca and Clayton’s Corner where we have anchored, are the sites where two pioneer families cray-fished and mined tin in the 1930s. Both of these bases are used as huts for visiting yachties and tourists. And a new spot we discovered that reserves a serene and peaceful anchorage to shallow draft vessels was Moulters Inlet, which we shared with another multihull.
Once again we share with you a gallery of moody shots taken in between downpours. For our next post, we will let you escape out of Port Davey and take you past the three capes guarding the Southern coast of Tasmania. Life jackets on for that part of the trip!