We have swapped the dramatic dolerite columns of the Tasman Peninsula for ‘la vie en rose’ at the Freycinet Peninsula. It is a gentler geology: dome-shaped hills of pink granite slabs, highlighted with orange lichen.
The ideal time to sail by these cliffs is in the early monrning when the sun makes them glow – even better if it is foggy: more evocative though a little off putting. This is where the radar comes in handy!
With a bout of northerly wind, we have not covered a lot of miles. Instead we spent a few days at two anchorages on the Peninsula: Bryan’s Beach on the western side and Wineglass Bay on the eastern shores. We have enjoyed slightly warmer conditions, and sunny days… look at those blue skies!
Bengie enjoyed a few beach runs, we have gone for walks and gone fishing – and wait for it – we caught 16 flatheads over two days! Unheard of! We like it when fish commit suicide without us even trying. We will have to look for different recipes as we have enough to last for quite a few meals.
We should linger around these parts. There is so much to see! But scaredy cat Wadie is worried about the cold weather. He wants to get north towards the tropics as soon as possible. Having bullied him into coming back to Tassie during another summer, I agree to deferring more sight seeing and we push on!
Bicheno is our next port of call and we take the opportunity to attend to a medical Skype consult, top up on fuel, water and fresh food. However with stronger northerlies blowing, it is exposed so we end up spending two days at Long Point, just 8 miles further north. Sun and warmer days are the trade off while we wait for the SW change to get to the northern tip of Tasmania and beyond.
For now, here is a gallery from our time at the beautiful Freycinet Peninsula.