First and foremost, a very Merry Christmas to all of you! Hope you’re all having a most wonderful Christmas wherever you are.
Christmas Eve for me, has typically involved being in work, oh the joys of retail and hospitality. This year with the new job however I found myself free on the 24th and sure, I could have gone down to the pub or chilled at home but my friend Mo had a much better suggestion. “Let’s go for a hike!”
The initial (and very ambitious) plan was to go to Cape Pillar, however a quick Google search found that said hike takes 2 days. Best save that one for next time. The backup plan was Cape Hauy. The amazing thing about Tasmania is that the backup plan is often just as amazing as the main one, you’ll never be disappointed on a hike in Tassie, not even when it’s raining and you can’t see a damn thing like we experienced on Maria Island a few months ago. That was still awesome. It’s the journey, not the destination as they say.
This particular journey began at 8am and I was a wee bit worse for wear after having a somewhat late one the night before. It didn’t take long to recover however, a 100kph breeze in your face while leaning out the window of the car will see to that 🙂 My travelling companions consisted of my friend Mo from Iran, his friend Eric, also from Iran and Audrey, a couch surfer from France. A truly international affair.
We had a brief rest stop in the quaint village of Dunalley before stopping to admire the view at the Eaglehawk Neck lookout spot. I’d definitely recommend taking that left turn if you’re passing through the area. For further proof of my recommendation, see below 🙂
We arrived at Fortescue Bay, the start point of the Cape Hauy trail. There’s a campsite right next to the beach and there were a good few families there to spend the Christmas in this beautiful spot. Fortescue beach is simply gorgeous, aquamarine and crystal clear waters and on this occassion….Dolphins!! A whole pod was casually swimming up and down the shoreline. Mo couldn’t resist and went for a swim in the azure waters while we went to purchase the park pass. After a quick rest and drying out in the sun, we were ready for the hike to the cape.
Our snack of choice for the day, and seemingly for every adventure was the tasty sugary Snakes Alive by Allen’s. We always joke about seeing snakes on our hikes while eating them and this day was no different as Eric suddenly shouted out “Snake!!! Snaaaake!!. I chuckled and turned around to see him pointing at my foot and sure enough there was a juvenile snake slithering away into the bush. I was literally millimetres away from treading on it/having it take a bite at me. PHEW!!!!! So with that being said…ALWAYS LOOK AT THE GROUND NEAR YOUR FEET WHEN HIKING IN TASMANIA! 🙂
Anyhoo on with the bulk of the photos. Enjoy 🙂
More information on Cape Hauy including how to get there here