September 17, 2013
Overcast, 10 to 14 degrees
Feeling a little beachy.
A little walk along the beach at Snug before breaky after a comfortable and relaxing nights sleep. Pat found a starfish.
This would be a great place in summer, especially with kayaks. I would recommend this caravan park for camping/caravanning. Quite a mild morning I guess due to the overnight cloud cover. After bacon and eggs we head south travelling around the D’Entrecasteaux Channel Peninsula. Antoine Raymond Joseph de Bruni d'Entrecasteaux was a French Navigator who must have been pretty important as they named an island, a channel and a peninsula after him. He explored the Australian coast in 1792. Beautiful coastal scenery with views across to Bruny Island and quaint cottages. Houseproud and well kept gardens with rich grazing farmland and native forests. Gourmet Farmer country (Matthew Evans TV show). Last time we spotted him in his ute around Kettering but not this time. His ‘Fat Pig Farm’ is around here somewhere but I couldn’t find it.
Around Gordon waterfront.
Between Verona Sands and Cygnet looking across Port Cygnet to Esperance Point.
Cygnet is a lovely little town. Nice coffee at the Old School House Cafe (although after we found the Red Velvet Lounge Café which looks great - Damn!) and some apples from a roadside stand. Back up the Huon Valley to complete the circuit passing through Huonville again. Back to Hobart via the Ferntree road that runs around the side of Mt Wellington. Really beautiful although slow going with all the bends, curves and mountain views.
Next stop Richmond. Now some people visit Richmond for its rich early Tasmanian history, the famous bridge, the beautiful cottages and examples of early architecture, the historic churches and graveyards or maybe the shopping for antiques and cottage crafts. Not us. We’re here for the pies!!! Last trip, Pat reckoned the Richmond Scallop pie WAS the best in Tassie, even though they didn’t advertise it. (Proof of rule one) So we are back for more. While Pat bought a scallop pie ($7.50) I decided to be adventurous and opted for a Cauliflower and Cheese ($4.75) which we ate with a cuppa while we sat overlooking the famous historic bridge that everyone else had come here to look at. The pies are ... AMAZING!.... while we pretended to photograph the bridge. Pat reckons they are the softest and freshest scallops.
In fact, after finishing our pies, we went back to buy a couple more to take with us to have for dinner.
Hit the road and drive through the rolling green hills from Richmond over to Orford. After Buckland, a really interesting drive between the cliff and the water alongside the Prosser River on the Tasman highway. It was starting to rain.
Our next accommodation is the beautiful Annie’s Cottage which is high up on a hill overlooking Orford. 4 km climbing on a dirt road, which becomes a track and then, after negotiating the locked gate (We have been given the code!) a two wheel track, we finally arrive. Spectacular. Although it’s misty, amazing views out to Maria Island and the coast. We are a bit isolated and my mind wanders to what I would do if confronted by an axe murderer. What if they know the lock combination? How do we get away in a hurry if the gate is locked?
The cottage is beautifully built using recycled timbers. Lots of slab timber, stone and windows to take in the view. Love it. It is so well equipped.
A great open fire and I don't even have to chop any firewood.
Even the shower has a view of Maria Island. ..... But does that mean everyone on Maria Island can see me in the shower?
A quick drive back down through the gate to get some supplies from Triabunna and Orford and back up for a cosy night by the fire. The weather was deteriorating.
Is the door locked?
Tomorrow, exploring the area but not Maria Island ... that’s another story!