We were delighted to meet up with Adam and Cindi from Bravo at the Cockle Creek campsite in Recherche Bay. They are travelling in Tojo, their Toyota Land Cruiser, with a roof-top tent and have covered many thousands of kilometres around the more interesting and deserted parts of Australia. Adam has posted some pretty spectacular photos on their blog http://svbravo.blogspot.com.au/ so with him and Kerry around, Graham felt seriously challenged on the photography front! Adam and Cindi joined us aboard Maunie for a pizza night and, after a long break from sailing their own boat, we could see that they are itching to be back afloat; hopefully we have persuaded them to spend 2017/18 cruising the east coast of Australia so that we can spend some more time with them.
We decided to tackle the 5 hour 'easy' South West Bay hike to the southern shore of Tasmania the following morning, in spite of a rather dubious forecast. Sure enough we were rained on pretty heavily and the light wasn't great for photos (Graham getting the excuses in early here) but here are some (with a few of Kerry's added, too).
|The mid section of the hike had about 2km of duckboards to protect the fragile wetlands. Still some blue sky at this stage!|
|Di remains cheerful as the weather begins to change|
|South West Bay|
|Di and Cindi. Di less sure about how much fun she's having|
|Kerry at the cliff edge getting photos - a few of her shots follow|
|Cindi heading towards the cliffs, photo Kerry Lorimer|
|The Maunies in wet weather gear. Photo by Kerry|
|Graham gets some cliff-edge shots. Photo by Kerry|
|Dramatic coastline under leaden skies. Photo by Kerry|
|Seaweed treble clef on the rain-pocked sand|
|A break in the clouds at last, but there was more rain to come|
|Adam and Cindi in the beautiful woodland. Photo by Kerry|
|The hiking team at the end of a great day. The End of the Road is the furthest south vehicle access in Australia. Photos by a Passing Stranger|
We are now back in Hobart to restock the food lockers and, of course, to do a few more boat jobs whilst we have the luxury of shore power. We had a final rendezvous with Suzie and Roald before they flew on to Melbourne and they took us in their hire car up to the summit of Mount Wellington for a superb view over Hobart.
|Looking East over Hobart|
|Removing and re-bedding the fore hatch that was dripping sea water when subjected to big waves across it|
|Looks pretty straightforward, eh?|