The south eastern side of Tasmania was next on our agenda and of course we started with Port Arthur. We simply loved our days which were spent wandering the grounds and learning the history. We stayed in Nubeena at the RSL and had a wonderful time chatting with the locals. From here we visited the Tessellated Pavement, The Arch, Blowholes, Eaglehawk Neck, the Devil's Kitchen and the Historic Coal Mines site, however the weather was atrocious during these visits. Probably the most enjoyable of these sites for us to have visited would have been the Coal Mines site as we had the place to ourselves and explored the whole area thoroughly. I did at one point, however, go to the toilet and my desire to use it stopped when a massive spider landed with a huge splat on the floor at my feet...between me and the CLOSED door!!!! I screamed so loudly that Andrew came running from the car, and he never runs :-)
We moved on to Orford where I captured a beautiful sunset before we headed into town to look for crabs in the mud with the locals. We only stayed the one night here and then moved on to Triabunna which was a gorgeous little town, but again we only stayed one night.
Our next day had us drive past the Spiky Bridge and even though Andrew, Lachlan and I had seen it before, it was a must stop for Ethan to check it out. We had so much fun examining the top, the side and underneath! I think we were probably there a good couple of hours, moving on only because of the requirement for a toilet...or four. Our car and caravan stopped for the night at River and Rocks Camp Ground, the tightest fit our caravan came across to that point and from that point on. We often think back on the difficulty of it and wonder how we did it. Though you wouldn't believe it...we took no photos, but I promise it was tight and we fitted...I promise!
From River and Rocks we enjoyed many wonderful views and walks. I have to say though, it may be cool in Tassie, but when you start walking up to the lookout over Wineglass Bay, you soon realise how hot it can get. The photo of the boys under the shade of the wave rock speaks volumes. Of course, Wineglass Bay looked as beautiful as we expected, but there was no walking down to the beach as we were all just too hot and apparently the round trip back to the car would take hours.
On the way home from the Wineglass Bay lookout, we discovered both Honeymoon Bay and Coles Bay which were gorgeous, however we were too tired to stop, so back to the van for a good night sleep. First thing the next morning I cooked up a Butter Chicken, popped it in the Eco Pot and at 3pm we headed over to Honeymoon Bay for sunset photos and a delicious dinner on the beach. At about 6pm we then ventured over to Coles Bay for early evening photos. Our time in this area was very much loved.