DM and MM's Tasmania Trip Diary

Day 16 - Coles Bay to St Helens

Monday, 10 April, 2000

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Awake at 6:30 after the worst night yet. Bed was good but the room was full of mosquitoes! After being bitten several times, smearing bug repellent all over, sweltering under a hot doona because I didn't want any skin exposed, and finally at 3am getting up and splatting six mosquitoes on the walls and ceiling and shutting the bedroom door so no more could get in, I actually got some sleep.

Coles Bay
Morning in Coles Bay

We had showers and breakfast and then checked out of the Gumnut Bloodsuckers Cottage and drove over to Freycinet National Park. We did the walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout, Wineglass Beach, and back to the car park via Hazards Beach.

Me at Wineglass Bay
Looking down at Wineglass Bay

It was a long 4.5 hour walk, over a high pass between two of The Hazards, down to the beach, across the isthmus between the beaches, and around the Hazards back to the car park. Luckily we were in the shade of the mountain while climbing up to the lookout. It was a bit hot walking the last leg back from the Hazards Beach though.

Hazards Beach
Hazards Beach

We finished walking about 1pm, then we drove back to Coles Bay for some well earned lunch. I had a vege pastie and a sticky toffee cake with ice cream - Michelle had a cheese and tomato toasted sandwich.

After that it was a drive through Bicheno and the turnoff to Douglas-Apsley National Park. The lookout over the Apsley River gorge was good, and we earned another National Park stamp for our collection.

From there it was driving straight through to St Helens, stopping only for a toilet stop in Scamander. The accommodation in St Helens is the cheapest of our entire trip at $35, so we were worried about how bad it would be, but it turned out to be a very nice self-contained one-bedroom unit - better than a lot of the other places we've stayed! We figure it's cheap because there is heaps of accommodation here and it's outside the tourist season.

We will have takeaway pasta for dinner and relax watching Friends on TV.

Mixed Business of the Day: St Helens Fishing Tackle, Gun, and Toy Shop.

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