Bay Of Fires

Cataract Gorge, Launceston

Cataract Gorge, Launceston

We started our journey to the Bay Of  Fires with a stop in Launceston, sometimes referred to as the ‘Northern Capital’ of Tasmania.  The city is known for it’s beautiful Victorian architecture, its manyn garden & parks and the pittoresque Tamar river running through it.  The most famous feature is ‘Cataract Gorge’, a gorge with beautiful waterfalls, a nice hiking trail, a chairlift passing through it, … only at a 15 minute stroll from the city center.  We walked the hole hiking trail for about 1 1/2 hour and continued our journey to the east.

Bay Of Fires

Bay Of Fires

Total change of landscapes…  A landmark triangle centered around the holiday town of St Helens with fascinating old mining towns, spectacular coastal reserves, beaches & excellent bushwalks.  A short drive to the coast at Binalong Bay reveals the beauty of the Bay Of Fires.  A nature reserve that extends north to Eddystone Point to allow us to enjoy the best that Eastern Tasmania has to offer.  We camped close to Binalong Bay in   a beautiful bay and enjoyed a late night dinner under the stars.  I took the rest of the food in my tent and tried to get some sleep.  Stupiest thing I could ever do! Dreaming of all the beautiful things I lived on this trip, I suddenly woke up by the most atrocious animal sound and an animal bumping into my tent trying to get in.

A wicked possum...

A sneaky possum at night…

I realized it was the Tasmanian Devil as locals told me they had an atrocious cry.  It didn’t last long or I heard some other cry…  It was a Possum!  They all surrounded my tent and tried to get the food inside.  I put the locker on the zipper coz I heard they could open zippers & steal your food.  It happened regularly with trekkers and their backpack while doing the Overland trek.  The only thing I could do was to hide the food in my backpack to mask the smell somehow and hope for the best.  Well anyway, those small animals are not dangerous but it was just a scary feeling.  Luckily they left after a while when they realized there was no way to get to the food.

On the road at Bay Of Fires

On the road at Bay Of Fires

The next morning we woke up with a beautiful, sunny day and after a good breakfast on the beach and some time to absorb the beauty of the views, we left to explore what Bay Of Fires had to offer.  We stopped at several beaches, picked some blueberries on the way, had a swim, …  When the evening fell, we arrived in Coles Bay, getaway to the beautiful Freycinet National Park.

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