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Published: February 21st 2019
Well it went pear shaped from the word go. After checking yesterday that the Wineglass Bay cruise had plenty of spare seats, it looks like a busload of Chinese tourists rocked up and took all the seats! Another lesson learned, don't delay when booking. Unfortunately, they only run 1 cruise a day at this time of year and we didn't want to hang around or backtrack so we headed over to the National Park and went for a decent walk up to the top of the mountain. We were advised against doing the big walk up to the lookout by the ranger, as they had had some rain and the walk involved a far bit of scrambling over the granite boulders.
The view from the top was incredible. Even though the weather was a bit iffy. I found out the name Wineglass Bay didn't have all that much to do with the shape of the bay, but more to do with the colour of the water from the blood and guts from the whaling industry that was based there in the 1800's!
On the way out from Freycinet we passed a Mussel Farm and of course how can you
resist freshly harvested Mussels! More on that later.
The next town up was Bicheno. Wrong time of the year for the Penguin tours that I would have liked to have done. So we went for a bit of a walk around the bay there over to the Blowhole. Amazing the power of the sea. Whilst there we did see a group/ flock/ mob?? of Penguins huddled on the rocks just off the shore. By this time the wind had really picked up and we saw a sign saying best Fish n Chips. Always keen to check these things out, we had to agree they weren't bad at all. There was a pub backed onto the chippery out the front. Fairly basic toilets but the view made up for it. Heaps of old photos and news clippings on the way kept us busy for a good while
One thing we have noticed about touring Tassie at this time of year was shops don't really open up to 10, and alot close by 4.
One of the places we had earmarked was the Mt Elephant Pancake House. As it wasn't on our direct route, we thought it best to
call to make sure they were open. Yes, we are closed at 4, but stop cooking at 3.00. Just as well we phoned.
So as a present to ourselves we stopped at the wonderfully named " The Pondering Frog".Great service from another QLDer (I think) the freshest ice creams and just the tonic we needed. They have a beaut little business here.
We continued up the road to Scamander, after booking ahead at the caravan park.
Whilst I was booking in the owner told me he only just got back from his own holiday and was still getting started again. He was a QLDer and had been involved in motels and caravan parks all over. He said Scamander has been his favorite place. I spied some huge Marshmallows and thought I'd surprise Katie with them. He asked me how I had planned to cook them? Must admit I hadn't thought about that. He said don't worry, he has a portable furnace and will bring down some wood.
Fantastic night. We had fresh mussels, cheeses from Bruny Island and some Willie Smiths ciders followed up with toasted marshmallows! I wonder what the poor people are doing!
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