In the morning we drove along Freycinet Drive to the town we had dinner the night before and realised that the town centre was apparently on the other side on Esplanade East. It is featured with a Post Office, a few more cafés and a tranquil bay with several white yachts floating on the water. The rocks near the coast are renowned for their reddish orange colour on the surface. We took some photos under this shining blue sky along the coastline.
We had a simple breakfast back in a café near Muris Beach. The waitress was a girl on her working holiday visa from Hong Kong. We then headed further south to Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. The vehicle pass for all the national parks (including Cradle Mountain National Park) for one week is $60. This is a reasonable admission fee if you consider travelling to all national parks during this period. What was more amazing was that the lady there offered us an extension of use up to 21 April knowing my birthday was coming closer. Yes if I had won the first prize in Oz Lotto I would have stayed longer… Anyway, much appreciated.
The walk up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout was easy and the overcast had no impact on the visitors. But the cloudy sky has masked everything grey under its wings. Drizzles dropped at times on the way. When we were on the Lookout we saw the pristine beach but the rest of scenery was too plain to mention under this weather. I imagined how colourful the distant coastline would be under a blue sky. Overall, this Lookout is the must see tourist spot. Occasionally you may be lucky to see some wallabies hopping in the open area such as car park.
After that we continued our journey and took a break in Bicheno in a bakery called Blue Edge. This is one of the best bakeries we found so far (later we thought it is probably THE BEST in our entire trip). Many winning trophies were displayed inside at a corner. Banners of appreciation in competitions were hanged on the wall. I ended up taking two chunky beef pies and felt occupied in my stomach for the rest of the day. We also bought a large sourdough and a French stick for our journey. The freshness of the breads lasted for several days.
We later stopped at Binalong Bay near Bay of Fires after passing St Helens to see the orange-hued rocks (the colour of which is actually produced by a lichen). As dusk was approaching, we did not explore much of this area after taking some photos.
In the evening after driving one hour and more in the pitch dark we checked in Beulah Heritage B&B in Scottsdale. We were lost in the Main Street as the app Maps on my iPad did not display the correct address 9 King Street Scottsdale (instead it shows 9 Tasman Highway). After making a call to Jan, the owner of Beulah, we found it easily when she was waving to us in front of the house. We were the only guests in this beautiful two level beautifully decorated historic house. There were many hidden treasures of the past in the house. We stayed in Dorset Room for one night and my friends stayed in Floral Spa Suite and another room.
Dining out in this town needed to be quick as the pub called Lions Hotel closes at 8pm. This is a clean and cosy tavern located right at the centre of the town. Its roasted pork did not disappoint me and it fed my hungry stomach full again the whole night.
A few words about taking photos: the Leica M with the Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0 is invincible . It is a pleasure using such a small camera attached with the Multi-functional Handgrip. The battery life is adequate for a day. The other photos between the text in the post were taken with the iPhone 5s.
(Later on we read some travel brochures and found that Free WiFi is offered for visitors in public locations along the East Coast at Buckland, Triabunna, Swansea, Coles Bay, Bicheno, St Mary’s and St Helens. For details, visit www.eastcoasttasmania.com.)
(Written on 7 April 2014)