Travelling from Orford to Coles Bay
September 19, 2013
Overcast, light rain, 11 to 17 degrees
Feel like coming down from the mountain.
Enough of the cloud. Wake up and the cloud has lifted. So that's what the coast looks like. Though still a bit misty.
On the road North up the east coast. This house was on Grand Designs Australia, with an amazing view of Freycinet over the Great Oyster Bay.
Coffee stop (more like a mild chocolate flavoured soup) at Kate’s Berry Farm. Lovely group of little buildings built with rammed earth and slab timber. It seems to be also a major stop for these little mini buses specialising in Asian Tours.
On through Swansea and some more rain, toward Freycinet, as we discuss our options. With good weather we planned to pitch a tent in the National Park. We were also thinking of trying to go back down to Triabunna on Saturday morning to have another attempt to get to Maria Island – but only if the weather is kind to us.
We checked out the powered camp sites ($16) and looked OK although pretty damp. When we went to the office, the National Parks guy did not recommend camping as “You won’t get the pegs in the ground, mate! You can try if you want.” Seems the sites are designed for use by campervans and are this hard packed sandy gravel surface. So we went back down and I got out my hammer and a peg to test it - and it started to rain again. I finally got one peg in but it was a battle. Not worth it so we headed back to nearby Iluka Caravan Park. (The accommodation centre listing self contained accommodation was way overpriced). We were going to bunk down in the YHA for $60 in a shared dorm, but ended up in a brand new two bedroom cabin for $108.
Very comfy with a view of Muirs Beach.
Off with the bikes to explore. The bikes are so good to get around the place. They have been in the weather since the trip began and have been pretty exposed to the elements on the back of the car – rain, snow, mud, salt air etc. I noticed a few little spots of rust happening on Pat’s chain, a sure sign that it is too dry. So, in the absence of any chain lube, I gave it a good dose of olive oil. Did the trick. Jackets on in the light rain.
Around the coastal road from Iluka to Coles Bay and then on to the National Park Info Centre.
Then on through the park to the ’Fisheries’ which is a little section of Freehold beachside land that was settled before the National Park came into being. Amazing place to own property. Lots of short sharp hills that left us feeling it! Spectacular background.
So we decided to come back via the beach to avoid the hills.
Pat has been checking out the local restaurants and is getting exciting about having a splurge tomorrow night. There goes my early retirement!!!
Tomorrow - The big Freycinet walk - Can't wait. Boots and pack ready!