Trip Report Tassie Southern Coastline

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  1. GS

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    This barely qualifies as a Backcountry Trip as virtually no energy was expended, however plenty of kilojoules were consumed in its making.
    A seven day cruise in a smallish boat from Hobart to Port Davey in the SW, then back around to Freycinet before a slow tootle down the coast to Hobart again. Other than the first night when we had a few hours of roll-you-out-of-bed seas, the weather was fantastic. Excellent trip with great fellow travellers and a top crew.

    Still a few Sydney/Hobart race yachts in the harbour, including Perpetual Loyal
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    First morning the clouds were still down as we approached Port Davey, I was desperately hoping they'd clear so we'd see something.
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    The map suggested there should be a mountain in there somewhere. Very atmospheric all the same.
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    Only a couple of hours later, amazing colours and rock formations of the islands in Port Davey.
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    Pirate cave?
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    This cruise has only been operating in this area for a couple of seasons, this was the first time they could use the tender on the seaward side of the Breaksea Islands
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    .....tbc
     
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    Some nice bits of crag there .
     
  3. GS

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    It's a popular area with the cruising yachties

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    Weather cleared nicely for a short walk from Spain Bay, although people need to embrace the Tassie mud to fully appreciate the experience!
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    Nice beach, bit crowded though ;)
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    Spain Bay with Port Davey beyond
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    Beautiful colour in this bit of kelp
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    Went over to Claytons Hut
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    Bathurst Harbour
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    Looking down towards Melaleuca inlet
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    Bathurst Harbour looking towards Western Arthurs
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    How high are them far thar hills in the bottom pic?
     
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    Mt Rugby is one spectacular hill, it was begging to be bagged.
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    Near the Melaleuca airstrip
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    My first time in the area, I guess the weather is always like this?
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    The Narrows on the way out
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    Mt Rugby again
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    Balmoral Hill. Some of the group climbed this while we went paddling
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    Nice spot for a paddle, I can see why it's an attractive place to tour in a sea kayak.
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    Mt Stokes (I think), the Feathertop of the south.
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    Leaving Port Davey, one of the more spectacular coastlines on the planet.
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    Breaksea Islands...just wow
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    Big Caroline Rock
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    Pyramid Islands
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    looking back to Mt Stokes and Mt Berry, sheez it was nice
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    South West Cape with perfect conditions
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    Plenty of these about, Wandering Albatross
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    Shy Albatross, need a much longer lens for these as Shy is what they are!
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    Nice pix, keep them coming. didn't realise how close W Arthers are to the sea!
     
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    where's the double like button. Great pics GS.
     
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    Gold :)
     
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    Passing Maatsuyker just on sunset
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    One seriously exposed position, must be fantastic to gaze out over the Southern Ocean when the winds are howling
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    Mewstone Island south of Maatsuyker
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    Approaching Tasman Island
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    Heading home
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    Nice Dolerite
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    The island of Ile de Phoque
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    Spotted a very large Great White cruising along the rocks, obviously looking for lunch.
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    Tasman Arch
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    Aust Fur seal mid ocean stop work meeting
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    A dusting of snow!
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    Awesome bit of coast
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    Around Cape Pillar
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    Getting a little windy and lumpy
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    When the winds come out, so do the big flyers
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    The three capes walk trundles along here, must add to the list
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    It was a great trip, thoroughly recommended if you're into that sort of travel.
     
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    Not sure without consulting a map....no not that map.
    Don't think they're particularly high, seriously rugged though. @skifree would probably know
     
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    Everywhere is 'close' to the 'sea' in Tassie, although I would never tempt fate and call the mighty Southern Ocean a sea!!

    Most of the the Western Arfur's are around 1000m and a bit over. That small altitude doesn't bely the ruggedness and amount of vertical relief though. My Italian partner sneered at the altitude before I took her on her first South West walk. After being struck by 1000ft exposure on a knife blade ridge, carrying twenty kilos during a thunderstorm, she promised never to laugh at their low altitude again.

    Walking in the South West presents a whole different set of challenge to the civilised Central Highlands.
     
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    It's all about local relief.
     
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    Wow, I reckon Jas would have loved the paddle around that bit of Australia. Thanks for the pics!
     
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    I think you need to make several sacrifices of chickens or something to the SW weather demons GS, after being treated to weather like that, your probably going to be eating your rotten sock while camped on a wombat poo midden in the middle of a leach infested pile of slimy scrub on your next visit....
     
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    Some of the other passengers will claim they already sacrificed perfectly good dinners to the Southern Ocean LOL
     
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    Stunning photos, thank you! I honestly had no idea it was so beautiful down there
     
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    You're welcome! The SW coastline was a big surprise, didn't expect it to be so spectacular. Not just the scenery but the amount of sea birds and the colours and variations in rock formations...awesome.

    We have a few hundred more pics.....LOL
     
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    Great stuff GS!
     
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    Beautiful photos! You have been blessed with the weather. I walked the South Coast track in the early 90s during one of the wettest Decembers on record and have vivid memories of thigh deep mud, rain, near-hypothermia while crossing the Ironbound ranges, and precarious crossings of raging creeks. Spectacular, but!
     
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    Great photos. That shot of SW cape really reinforces my recollection of how 'interesting' a walk it was.
     
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    I think they are the WAs, typically they are just below 1000M with a few peaks over.
     
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    Sorry @Rabid K9 just noticed your post re WAs.
     
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    Absolutely spectacular, thanks for sharing
     
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    Nice one GS!

    You and I have some extremely similar photos!
    - I spent 9 days around SWT specifically Port Davey in a Cray boat last year
    - Also spent 9 days climbing coastal cliffs and sea stacks based on a yacht Freycinet-Hobart just last week

    Swam into the sea caves at Ile de Phoque too... ooh-err

    Yes, you definitely were lucky with the weather!

    Thanks for sharing
     
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    After seeing the size of that dorsal fin cruising along the edge of the island as we passed, not sure about how keen I'd be getting in the water disguised as a seal! It is meant to be rather spectacular for diving.

    Working? Nine days would give ample opportunity to experience all the weather on offer I'd imagine. Pics?
     
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    ... and deep water soloing! Sorry, no pics. Amazing spot.

    Sort of: http://wha-marinedebris.blogspot.com.au/ I'm doing it again in a few week's time, after which I'll try to post some pics.
     
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    Very very nice :thumbs:
     
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    Thanks for sharing those pics .

    Very beautiful photos..I will read text later just skimmed very rewarding just being able to view them.
    Thanks for your post and pics. Well done:cheers:
     
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    If it is the Western Arthur Range, West Portal is the highest peak on the range at a little over 1100 m. Might just walk the SW Cape next summer, ooh the mud...