Thursday, April 23, 2009

Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay

As it is said - Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that took your breath away..... The East Coast of Tasmania has been voted the best place in the world to visit in 2009, and we are fortunate enough to be able to go there! It is about 2.5 hours drive from Hobart. The road follows a very scenic route up along the coast, going through breathtakingly beautiful towns like Swansea (complete with black swans silently drifting along on the river).. Mary invited us to join her in her family's "shack" in Coles Bay.
This is the view from the deck. The colour of the water and the mountains change every couple of minutes. The shack is, of course, not a shack as per the South African definition, but a very modern house set in tranquil surroundings, nestled along indigenous bush.I am including a couple of pictures of the "shack" - no comment..
We played games, and Marius had his first introduction to Pictionary while I was reading my book and leisurely sipping some (very expensive, but the cheapest bottle we could find!) Tasmanian wine from the local store. (Note to self: Don't buy that horrible wine again).
The beach at Coles Bay is lovely, and we discovered the most amazing camp sites in the bushess just behind the beach. Definitely planning on camping there one day!
On Sunday morning we went on a "bushwalk". There are no words, or pictures, to describe the unspoilt beauty and peace of that place. The water is this light turquoise colour, and SO clear, when the waves rise you can see right through it.
You go up the mountain through a series of well-constructed pathways and steps, to be met with the most awesome sight of Wineglass Bay when you get to the lookout point.
Google Wineglass Bay and view pictures taken (by somebody else, of course) on a clearer day - there are some very nice pictures of the Freycinet area on the web.
My hubby and Anel did so well, they carried on running the rest of the track (11 kms) and were on their way back home already when we came down with the car!
...and they encountered some of our local wildlife along the way - not your average type of run!
Looking forward to October when we are planning to take our dear friends Ilse and Sandro Sfreddo to Wineglass Bay!

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