It’s been a bit of a hiatus between adventures after poor Gemma was unwell for a bit. The itch to get out and explore more of Tassie was at last scratched last weekend, as we took a trip South……waaaaaaaay South. Pretty much as far South as you can possibly go in Australia to be precise. We drove to the end of the asphalt at Cockle Creek and then hiked for a further two hours to get to the beach at South Cape Bay. It’s a place that feels truly remote and barren, despite being fairly easy to get to.
There’s also a sad reality to this place, in that no matter how far you venture from civilisation, you’ll always be brought back down to earth by our impact on the environment.
We’ve all seen those harrowing images in National Geographic of the seabirds and marine life who’s stomachs are filled with micro plastics. I always thought it was something that happened out in the Pacific, on the atolls and distant islands but there it was, right below our feet on South Cape Bay. Amongst the line of debris left by the receding tide was a scattering of tiny colourful bits of plastic. It’s something completely different from the usual driftwood and bits of rope we expect to see on our beaches. It’s scary to think that out there in the ocean, there’s an entire clump of this plastic…….the size of Mexico!