Labour Day, also known as 8-hour-day, ironically brought us a Monday without labour. A great opportunity to go on the Huon Trail, a route that takes you to all the major sights of Huon Valley and its surroundings.
On Saturday morning we took the ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island after having a nice coffee in the morning sun. The Labillardiere Peninsula Circuit – 4 1/2 hours – kept us busy in the afternoon. Some beautiful beaches were the reward for this longish walk.
We put up our tent on the Neck camping ground for the night. The Neck is a very narrow Isthmus which is home to a penguin colony. The penguins come out at dusk and you can get really close to them.
On Sunday morning we explored the Fluted Cape – 2 hours – at Adventure Bay. It is a fair climb up on the ridge but the view is extraordinary. You can see Mount Wellington in the distance!
Later on we took the ferry back to Kettering where we picked up a Belgium girl who we met on the bushwalk and her friend.
It took us the rest of the day to get down all the way to Cockle Creek, especially because we had to take an off-road detour in between. The road was closed because of an accident. The alternative route was a rocky track through the wood. No problem with a 4WD, an adventure with a 25-year-old Toyota Corolla. 🙂
Finally arriving at Cockle Creek we took a well deserved swim! The camping ground was right behind the dunes and patted with nicely green grass.
On Monday morning we took a walk to the all famous (or not!) whale sculpture and Fisher’s Point. After that we headed back to Hobart. On the way back we stopped for a swim in Hastings Caves Thermal Springs which turned out the be an outside pool in the rain forest. Well, it was nice, still! 🙂
Near Huonville we stopped at one of the numerous apple stalls along the road where you can grab a bag of apples from the fridge and pay by putting some money in a box. Another quick stop at the Taste of Huon Food and Wine Festival gave us an impression of the local and not so local produce (Roesti, Poffertjes, a bakery called “Lecker”).
What an overall lovely weekend!