Hut hunting on Bruny Island

A few snaps from a quick mission to Moorina Bay/Cape Queen Elizabeth on Bruny Island to track down an old fisherman hut.

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Hidden in the dunes

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‘The Cardboard Goblet’

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Dunie

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Peaking through the shrubbery

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Moorina Bay

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Tomb raider

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Rock arch at Mars Bluff

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Ascending said rock arch

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Cool path

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A green mound

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Cape Queen Elizabeth

South West Tasmania – day 6

Day 6 on the South Coast Track. After a morning ocean bathing session we packed up our carry bags and smashed out the last couple of hours of walking towards Cockle Creek. I was pretty happy to be leaving the sandflies which had destroyed my body over night, but saddened to leave the simple life we had been living the last 6 days.

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School photo

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Makeshift picnic bench and South Cape Bay

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South Cape Bay from the clifftop

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The end of the road at Cockle Creek

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The ‘true believers’

 

 

South West Tasmania – day 5

Day 5 on the South Coast Track. After another late departure we took off from our awesome clifftop camp spot at Surprise Bay and started for our last camp on the South Cape Rivulet. Today was hot, muddy, and a reasonably short walk which was a treat for our pins. There was even a rad natural shower on the way!

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Alfredo in his recovery position

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Surprise Bay campsite

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More beach walkz

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Shazwa time

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Looking South

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Alfredo powering on

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A moments respite from the heat

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Mud

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Green stuff

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Alfredo again in recovery position

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Sporkies

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The A-team looking pretty cooked at South Coast Rivulet

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Looking into the deep West

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Jesso at camp sandfly

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Camp sandfly

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Stargazing and life chats

South West Tasmania – day 4

Day 4 on the South Coast Track. All but one of the posse awoke happy to a scorcher of a day on the coast. Unfortunately classic Alfredo had failed to wash his hands sufficiently somewhere along the journey and had come down with a bout of gastro. So we donated all our hydrolyte, hand sanitiser and corking pills to Gastro Boy before we took off from Deadman’s Bay. Unfortunately for him, today we had decided to make a long day of it and make for Surprise Bay camp. Day 4 was easily the highlight of the trip as we were treated to seals, boats, swimming, side trips, snakes, sunsets, and Surprise Bay itself was alright too.

 

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Big balls procrastinating at camp

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A little sapling rising like a phoenix

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Clouds in the tea

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A mirror-like stream at Deadman’s Bay

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Gastro Boy preparing to mount the Elephant Seal, near Menzies Bluff

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Birdlyfe

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Walking the long stretch at Prion Bay

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Jesso showing us how she rowed stroke back in highschool – Milford Creek with Precipitous Bluff in the distance

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Prion Bay and De Witt Island in the distance

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Birdseye view of the crossing

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Bush bashing the coastline – “If you really want to do it, you can do it” – Gastro Boy, 2017

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We definitely should have waded across this part – Milford Creek

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Jesso preparing to boot-up on Milford Creek

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Looking back at Prion Bay and De Witt Island

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Big balls hanging ten on the conglomerate at Osmiridium Beach

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Meandering through the forest in the later arvo as we were nearing camp

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Trees

 

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Sundown as we were walking into camp at Surprise Bay

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Emerging from the forest to an awesome sunset

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Highlight – Slowly walking along the beach into day 4 camp as the sun was dropping

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Sharp rock formations at Surprise Bay looking out towards Pretty’s Point

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Pretty’s Point

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Sunset over Surprise Rivulet after having a dip before dinner

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Lizzy cooking more complex carbohydrates

South West Tasmania – Day 3

Day 3 on the South Coast Track. We awoke to another tip top day in paradise. After a refreshing baptism in Louisa River to get the blood flowing we departed to tackle the Ironbound Range, the biggest climb of the main track. Unfortunately the Mad Hatters had caught up to us again and this led to one or two traffic jams throughout the day. Going up seemed a breeze once we had followed Lizzy’s advice to enter a possessed/meditative state by counting every 8 breaths. The clear weather and open track rewarded us with clear views of the inner South West and coast line. Going down through the dense and moist forest on the South side of the range was a bit of a slog. We encountered many beaten individuals along the way, including one young American guy who had somehow managed to get himself lost for “27 hours” in the bush before coming across the track again. The track eventually opened up into dry coastal forest before we reached a very busy day 3 campsite at Little Deadman’s Bay.

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The duckboard highway

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Tasmanian Christmas Bells

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Nice bonnet Bells

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Lizzy and Alfredo on the summit

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Views of the South West with Federation Peak in dead centre

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A Pandani in the road

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The French backpacker

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An unknown little cove near Little Deadman’s Bay

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Camp day 3

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Little Deadman’s Bay at dusk

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Alfredo and the French backpacker

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Jesso reading her cup of soup sediment

South West Tasmania – day 2

Day 2 on the South Coast Track. After deep late morning sleeps we departed our awesome campsite at Buoy Creek to head inland and up. After a bit of a slog up and over Red Point and Spica Hills we moseyed on down into the Louisa plains where we got some respite from the heat by Louisa creek before charging on. After lunch, those with long legs decided to take on the Louisa Bay side trip for an ocean dip and some casual spelunking before heading on to camp at Louisa River where we reunited with the pack. Upon reflection it appeared that whoever had named the natural features in today’s leg was deeply in love with Louisa.

 

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Heading up and over Red Point Hills with Cox Point in the distance

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The A-team heading down Spica Hills

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Louisa Creek

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Dem Tannins

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Tea break at Louisa Creek

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Bells crossing at a random stream

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Louisa Bay

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A funky rock island at Louisa Bay with Louisa Island in the distance

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Big balls and classic Alfredo spelunking

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Rave cave

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Riverside convos

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Camp day 2 with my amazing patented rock seat