Travel – Fortescue Bay, Tasmania

Wow.  Firstly, following my last post, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who provided descriptive and generous instructions on how to fix my sewing machine.  It really warms my heart to read everyone’s comments here.  I feel like we’re a little community now – and that it isn’t just me broadcasting.  Which feels wonderful and is exactly what I’d hoped this place would be.  I promise to try all of your wonderful suggestions until I fix my machine.  I’ll be sure to update you all on my progress – with many photos of swoon-worthy fabric.

Now, let me take you back to Tasmania.  I know, I know.  We’re actually in South Australia now.  My travel logs are somewhat behind.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending how you look at it, I still have a lot of Tasmania to show you.

This is Fortescue Bay, in the Tasman National Park.

We did see a pod of dolphins playing out in the water, but I was unable to capture the moment.

I did capture a Pacific Gull though.  We first spotted a Pacific Gull on Wilsons Prom.  Having never seen such prehistoric looking, giant seagulls before, we were both pretty excited with our discovery.  Not knowing their formal, and rather boring name at the time, we named them Dingleberries.  Which still seems like a much more fitting name to us than Pacific Gulls.  We’ve seen them again and again since Wilsons Prom.  At up to 65cms long, they are pretty hard to miss.

Dingleberries always look very serious, wearing their black and white suits with suspicious eyes.  But, there is something about their bright orange and red beaks that I find very endearing.  Business in the feathers… party in the beak.  Like a woman in a formal business suit with party stilettos on, ready for a big Friday night.

Fortescue Bay was the perfect base camp for exploring the Tasman Peninsular.  Port Arthur is the attraction which brings many to the Tasman Peninsular.  We loved our time at Port Arthur and I think it deserves a post to itself (so more on that to come).  However, this Peninsular has many amazing natural attractions and we spent a few solid days exploring.  Near Eaglehawk Neck, you’ll find the Tasman Blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen and Tasman Arch.

The scenery in the area is really the thing to write home about.

The Tasman Arch is pretty amazing to see, though very difficult to photograph.

Whilst in the area, we stumbled across the Tessellated Pavement.  Sounded interesting, so we pulled over for a look and I was really glad we did.  It is a rare erosion that forms in a way that looks like tetras blocks.  If I hadn’t read the signs, I would have assumed human intervention was involved.  It boggles my mind to think this is a natural formation.

Have you ever more appropriately renamed an animal?  Or stumbled across something in nature you thought was unnatural? 
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  1. Stunning photos as always. Fortescue Bay is amazing, though it’s been awhile since I was there last. Looking forward to your post about Port Arthur x

  2. PETA herrling says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Loved the photos, there is something special about boat sheds. So colourful oozing fun times and holidays. Great for shade in the heat of the day. Plus great for parties by night. The rock formation is amazing! l M x. :) :)

  3. Beautiful pictures – oh, it makes me want to take a road trip to somewhere warm!

  4. cat@thatbettiething says:

    You do a great job of capturing the beauty. And even though I’m a yokel, I enjoy every post!!


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