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Swansea

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8 travelers at this place:

  • Day153

    Wanderung zum Cape Hauy

    February 28, 2017 in Australia

    Da die ursprünglich geplante Wanderung zum Cape Raoul nicht möglich war (Weg gesperrt wegen Bauarbeiten), entschieden wir uns stattdessen die Wanderung zum Cape Hauy zu machen.
    Sie führt von einem Strand mit Campingplatz entlang der Küste bis ganz an die Spitze des Kaps. Zuvorderst ist es eine beindruckende Steilküste und rund herum das blaue klare Meer. Der Rest der Wanderung führte durch einen typisch australischen Wald u.a. mit Eukalyptusbäumen. Es war sehr heiss und sonnig und so waren wir am Ende des Tages sehr müde.Read more

  • Day9

    Swansea, Tasmania

    April 19, 2017 in Australia

    As predicted, I didn't sleep all that well, but the view from the room was lovely, and I managed to get up and take a couple of beautiful dawn photos over the water. After packing up, we walked down the street to one of several cafes and had a tasty breakfast, then wandered over to the museum which we were too late for the previous day. The lady in the information centre welcomed us like long lost friends although we had only met her the previous evening.

    The museum was interesting with stories about tin mining in the area, which made use of a large number of chinese immigrants. There was an interesting short film about the Trail of the Tin Dragon about a lad who came from China in search of his father who had come over earlier seeking his fortune. Rae had heard from a separate source that a dam burst at one stage and killed a large number of the workers at the tin mine.

    There were the usual artefacts on display from a bygone era, including a large stage coach and objects typical of life in a small fishing village.

    Out the front of the museum was a large red concrete dragon which we had fun taking photos with before heading north to the beaches of Binalong Bay. It was a beautiful pristine place - not many swimmers in the water, but looked like a lovely place to spend a relaxing holiday for a couple of weeks.An odd thing we found here, which we had heard about on the news was that there were thousands of tiny flathead fish stranded on the beach. No explanation was given, just the vagaries of mother nature playing a trick on her earthly inhabitants, I suppose. Well the seagulls didn't mind and were sure feasting on the free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    We went for a walk down and up the beach - the rocks around here have a lot of red running through them, possibly iron oxide, but I'm not sure. We could have stayed a lot longer - the weather was fine, but there were other things calling us so we hopped back in the car and headed back through Swansea and further south, stopping to refuel, the first time we'd had to do it since we'd picked it up. The hybrid petrol/battery camry was very efficient

    The drive southwards along the East coast was extremely pretty, with views of the water most of the journey, and some changing vegetation, but all in all very pretty and pleasant. We decided to stop in Bicheno for lunch. This is the place where there is a fairy penguin colony that comes ashore nightly, and the whole area is very conservation conscious, with a large wilderness park on the outskirts of town. In the park there's a huge program to help the Tasmanian Devils overcome a facial virus which at one point severely threatened their existence. We hadn't planned to take in either of these two attractions, as the penguins need to be viewed at night, and we were here in the middle of the day just for a lunch stop, so we had a wander round and selected a bakery cafe to have lunch in before taking to the road once more.

    We arrived mid afternoon in Swansea, a fairly small town, but the access point for Coles Bay, Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island. We chose Swansea because the area is well known internationally, and the accommodation there is quite steep! There's one place where the nightly rate is in the thousands! We were happy with our homely little BnB, with a very friendly host and full English breakfast included.

    We settled in and went for a walk to check out the town - everything was basically a walking distance. There's a lovely general store called Morris' - a historic building in which you can buy just about anything. We also walked down to the jetty, not far from were we were staying.

    After returning to the room and resting up a bit we decided on the Seafood place - a bit of an odd place in its offerings. If just felt the chef wasn't quite sure what type of cuisine he was doing. The tables were bare wood, with no attempt at improving the decor at all. Anyway, we were happy with our meal - everything seems a tad expensive down here, which i may have said earlier, but we thanked the chef and headed back. I was struggling to push off a mild cold, so medicated myself and went to bed fairly early to read my book. Rae was disappointed that the TV reception was so poor and just played games on his phone. At least we had free wifi!
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