WBSW3: Sailing

8 September 2017, At sea between Fortescue Bay and Maria Island, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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After our morning’s walk we headed off from Fortescue Bay towards Maria Island.

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This is the cockpit, I think, where we are able to sit in comfort enclosed from the weather and the spray and watch the world go by….

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Skipper James at the wheel.

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We were lucky with the conditions.  We had a good breeze behind us so we were able to cruise along under sail.  The main sail is up, slightly reefed.

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… and a jib is up on a fore mast.

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Looking up, at the bow.

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We were making so much headway that even the ocean was curving away from the boat.

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Looking back from the bow.

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Of course, there was also the passing countryside to observe.

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More from the stern, now.

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Silhouettes in the sun.

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Mitch, the cook, at the bow.

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Looking back from the bow.

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This one of me taken by the outgoing captain (whose name escapes me at the moment).  Mitch in the background.

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WBSW2: Canoe Bay

8 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Canoe Bay, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 2

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Overnight, we moored nearby at Canoe Bay and in the morning went for a short walk of an hour or so back to Fortescue Bay along the Tasman Trail that runs through the bush along the coast.

 

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These cormorants must be on an old ship sunk as a breakwater for Canoe Bay.  I probably took this from the yacht or the zodiac.

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Jools crossing the bridge over Walkers Creek.

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Ferns fading away.

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A patch of coastline with a small wedge of Fortescue Bay beach in the distance.

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We walked through some fairly damp forest.

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… and after a while came out at Fortescue Bay Beach.

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WBSW1: Cape Hauy

7 September 2017, Fortescue Bay and Cape Hauy, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay Sail Walk Day 1

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A few weeks earlier, I undertook the Overland Track in Winter with the Tasmanian Walking Company.  Now, also with the same company, Jools and I were starting off on the six-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk.  Each day we would go for walks in wild locations on the east coast of Tasmania and then we would sail on a 23-metre (75 foot) ketch to the next location.

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Looking back at the beach at Fortescue Bay.

We met at a hotel in Hobart at 7am and were driven through Eaglehawk Neck to Fortescue Bay, on the east cost of the Tasman Peninsula.  Here we commenced a four-hour return walk to Cape Hauy.

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Banksia Marginata.

There were five of us, plus a guide.  Later on the boat we would meet the two skippers (one handing over to the other) and the cook.

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Looking north.  Maria Island in the distance to the right.  We are to be heading in that direction.

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Cheverton Rock.

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Looking out to the end of the cape with Cheverton Rock in the distance (I had a long lens for the previous shot).

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Straight down.

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Looking south towards Cape Pillar.

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A small stack below the cliffs.

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We are walking back by this time.

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Here you can see the Tasman Island Lighthouse poking up behind the end of the Cape Pillar peninsula.

In 1987 I photographed Tasman Island Lighthouse from Cape Pillar as part of the From Dusk Till Dawn project.  One of those images became the frontispiece of the book (fourth image in this post).

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Looking back at Cheverton Rock.

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Looking north.  The rocks are about four kilometres away.  I was told their name but don’t remember.

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Rain was threatening but didn’t eventuate.

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Coastal wattle in flower.

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Now back near the Fortescue Bay beach,  some of our party are heading out to the Lady Eugenie, our home for the next five nights.

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Binna Burra and Tasmania

24 July to 28 July and 19 August to 18 September 2017
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My trips this year are in Australia. At the time of writing, I have just come back from Binna Burra (Lamington National Park, Queensland) and in a few days will head off to Tasmania where I will walk the Overland Track in winter and undertake a “Wineglass Bay Sail Walk” in a 70 foot ketch.

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I visited Binna Burra in Lamington National Park with members of the Canberra Photographic Society, seven of us in total.  This is an upland temperate rainforest area.  We stayed in self-contained accommodation with wonderful views, undertook several walks of up to 17.5 kilometres and journeyed by car to Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park.

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Binna Burra Index of Posts

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Tasmania Itinerary and Index of Posts

  • 19 August:  Ferry to Tasmania (Melbourne to Devonport)
  • 20 August:  Northern Tasmania
  • 21 to 27 August: Overland Track in Winter with Tasmanian Walking Company
  • 27 August: Pick my partner Jools up from Launceston Airport
  • 28 August: Cradle Mountain
  • 29 to 30 August: Mt Field National Park
    • Cradle Lake and Russell Falls
    • Lake Dobson
    • Styx valley (Big Tree Forest Reserve) (/ Also Creepy Crawly Nature trail)
  • 31 August to 2 September:  Bruny Island
    • Bruny Island Cruise
    • Lighthouse
    • Cloudy Bay
  • 3 September:  Bruny Island to Hobart
    • Mt Hartz National Park (Waratah Lookout/ Arve Falls/ Lake Osborne)
    • Tahune Forest AirWalk
  • 3 to 6 September: Hobart
    • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
  • 7 to 11 September Wineglass Bay Sail Walk with Tasmanian Walking Company
    • Fortescue Bay to Lagoon Bay
    • Forestier Pensinsula to Maria Island
    • Maria Island to Schouten Island
    • Schouten Islamd to Wineglass Bay
    • Monochromes
  • 12 September:  Hobart
    • Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
  • 13 September:  Drive to Devonport and catch ferry to Melbourne
  • 14 to 15 September Melbourne
    • Melbourne Botanical Gardens
  • 16 September:  Geelong
    • Blues Train with Chris Wilson, Andrea Marr, Jimi Hocking
    • Geelong Botanical Gardens
  • 18 September:  Drive back to Canberra

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