On our second day in Tasmania we were told we should check out Tasman Peninsula, just a little south-east of Hobart. We woke up at the crack of dawn and set off early in the morning in our little silver Hyundai, excited for the day ahead. On route we listened to “russesanger” (songs from our good ol’ days when we were newly graduating Russ) and did a lot of singing whilst map reading, the old fashioned way with actual maps (GPS wasn’t included). Out the window the dry landscape passed by, until it eventually started to get greener and greener the closer we got to the coast. After getting a bit lost we eventually managed to find our way onto the peninsula and drove to our first stop, a lovely hilltop lookout of Pirate Bay!
Back in the car it was a quick five minute drive to our next stop; the tessellated pavements at Eaglehawk neck. The way these rocks are formed is still a bit unclear to me, but as I understand it occurs when a flat rock surface is divided into rectangle blocks, made by regular fractures in the rock that are weathered and re-fractured by the continuous presence of the ocean tide and salt crystallisation. It was very cool to see and it was so symmetrical in places it almost didn’t look like it was possible mother nature could be responsible for it’s creation, and humans had to be behind it!
Next we went to the “Tasman Arch” and “Devil’s kitchen”, another two unique rock formations made as a result of the incoming sea water. The arch was a beautiful natural occurring water “cave” that had a partial roof over it. We walked over the roof and was able to stand by the edge of the cliff and look out along the spectacular coastal front where steep cliffs met with the beautiful blue waters in a very dramatic way.
By now it was lunchtime and we headed to the Tasman blowhole where we were hoping to see a van on the side of the road selling “the best seafood on the Tasman Peninsula”, that Stewart had suggested to us! Tasmania is commonly known as the food capitol of Australia and is particularly famous for it’s seafood, so this was something that couldn’t be missed for an authentic Tassie experience! To our delight the caravan was there and an array of different seafood options were available. Mari and I decided to both have the seafood platter, with fresh prawns, oysters, mussels and smoked salmon! It was only my second time trying oysters (first time being at the Eat Street market with Linzy). The huge prawns were delicious and scoffed down, as well as the rest of the platter, although we still couldn’t decide if we really liked oysters or not by the end of that meal!
After lunch we went to look at the blow hole itself, whilst eating ice cream. We stood there for a long time watching the waves come in through the cave and smash up against the cave walls, watching as it spurrted puffs of water when the flower got trapped inside the narrow opening at the end of the cave. We then pottered around the jetty at Pirate Bay and talkd to some fishermen.
We continued southwards on the penninsula, drove through Port Arthur, and stopped at Maingon bay to see the “remarkable cave”. To get to the cave down by the water we walked down the stairs and down the steep sea cliffs. When we got there we were presented with a platform to view it from. Wanting to actually go inside the cave, we climbed down the platform and trotted inside to explore. The cave had a sand floor, with two entrances to the ocean, letting waves wash in towards us. It was a very beautiful and bright in there, lit up from all the entrances, and the sounds of waves coming in echoed peacefully from the walls.
Last but not least we finished the day off at White beach for some swimming and relaxing before setting off back home. The beautiful white beach was nearly empty, and the landscape felt very serene and calm around us. We dared into the ocean, which was a tad colder than in Cairns!! We had fun taking selfies with the GoPro before settling down on the sand, doing some reading and talking. When we returned home to Tunnock the French guys had made everyone dinner, and so we tucked in to the yummy meal before going straight to bed after an exhausting day!