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Around Freycinet and a visit to Bicheno - Tassie Day 13

Staying at Coles Bay

Saturday
September 21, 2013
99 km
Blue skies. 12 to 18 degrees
Feeling my calf muscles - not in a good way.

The continuing saga of Maria Island. After the stuff up with the cancelled ferry transport last Wednesday, we rang yesterday to confirm and book the ferry for today. With $90 fare plus a 3 ½ hour return drive we wanted to make sure that there was going to be a ferry and that we could get a seat with our bikes on it. Couldn’t get an answer on the phone but we did leave a message with ‘Maria Island Ferries’ yesterday. Still waiting for a reply. Really impressed with this mob!!! So to relieve ourselves of any more grief, we decided to enjoy another lovely day in Freycinet and leave thoughts of Maria Island as a bad idea. Maybe next time we visit Tasmania these two unreliable Ferry companies may have their act sorted out.

Beautiful Saturday morning ride into the National Park.
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Followed by a stop at Tombolo Cafe at Coles Bay for a top coffee with fantastic setting and great view of the mountains.
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Now there is a bit of a story here. Last night at our ‘dining experience’ we were chatting to a knowledgeable young girl about the questionable qualities of Tassie coffee and how we had an enjoyable experience at MONA. She recommended we visit the Tombolo as they actually have an experienced barista and use the same bean as MONA. Good advice.
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Back to the car and a ½ hour drive to Bicheno. Or should it be called Beautiful Bicheno.
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Now some people visit Bicheno for its spectacular coastal scenery, supply of fresh seafood, reasonably priced and varied accommodation, the motorcycle museum or its several cafes, restaurants and numerous shops – it even has a well stocked IGA!

But we wanted a scallop pie for lunch. We officially rate the Bicheno Scallop Pie as the best value so far in Tassie. $4 and full of scallops. Tip, watch out for seagulls because they like them too.
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A relaxing drive back with a few sight-seeing stops including Cape Tourville Lighthouse and lookout.
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Then exactly ½ hour before official low tide we are off to ride the length of Muirs beach.
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We wanted to have a look at Saffire Luxury Lodge. This is the place that charges up to $1800 for a night. We couldn’t get in but we did get to share their view of Freycinet.
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Is this not the best cycleway in existence?
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My Merida 29er - Just love!
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Pat suffering for her art.
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Back all the way to Coles Bay then on to the full length of Richardsons Beach.
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Maybe there is a way that I don't go back to work???
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Pat keeps stopping to look at shells.
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Then back along the camping tracks in the National Park and the Coles Bay foreshore.
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We love the way the National Park has organised its unpowered camp sites overlooking the beach.

Tomorrow - Mountains and rail trails - heading for Cradle Country

Posted by peterjday 04:43 Archived in Australia Tagged tasmania tassie freycinet bicheno

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