On the road to Wineglass Bay

Roadkill left on the highway

For the next day, we planned a long travel day to the Southeastern coast, to Wineglass bay. So we left early enough to witness the remains of nightly or early morning encounters. The bad thing about marsupials is that they are hard to chase off the roads. They don't go away and less careful drivers may hit them. I'd feel, one could at least carry them off the road, but apparently, that's only the idea of a minority. So Suzy took over. All the poor victims she caried away were males so there were no surviving babies like Muhammad to care for.

Milton Vineyard

We could not possibly go to Wineglass Bay without a bottle of vine in store. So we dropped in a vineyard to get suitable provisions. Australia is a big and vine producer, but normally, one does not think of Tasmania in such a context. But the vines from here (red and white) were like the red from Wombat springs just delicious! Also, they sell olive oil of own production.

Log in Campbell town

Sometimes, the local approach on facts and history is a bit confusing to me. So Campbell Town is proud to show one of the trees that used to grow in the area before the all were logged to a totally open countryside. One might think they were proud of the history or maybe regret something. Still, a tree of that size in Tasmania presently would not get legal protection and therefore definitely end up as woodchips as soon as the forrest road gets close enough. Some experts say that doesn't even work economically, but maybe some people feel deforrestation and the disappearing of natural wilderness was just normal. Maybe someone should tell them how elder nations try to get their wilderness back, how long it'll take and what fortune they'll have to spend.

path to Wineglass Bay







In the afternoon, we reached Freycinet National Park. Unfortunately, the camp sites were all booked so we only could stay for a while, but not overnight. Anyway, we were here for the famous Wineglass Bay and so we went there first uphill on an again really beautiful track. From up the ridge, we had the first view over the bay.

Wineglass Bay from the ridge
entering Wineglass Bay
at Wineglass Beach



At Wineglass Bay, we took a nice spot on the beach to have dinner. Of course, also some Silver Gulls came along to see what one can get out of these new sources. But they were not very social. Two of these gulls were still chicks making their first steps into life. But their pure presence was upsetting to an adult one, so it tryed to chase them away. But of course, with no avail.

Silver Gull, adult juvenile Silver Gull return path

And of course, just like at any shoreline I came to during this holiday, a Sooty Oystercatcher found something edibe which most likely was not an oyster.

Sooty Oystercatcher
marsupial highwaymen










When reaching the car park again, we found two highwaymen waiting for us. They were not here to talk, so the information in the background made plain clear what we could await. The previous victims had paid their banana peels to pass safely.

making friends with Bennets wallabies
checking for ticks

We had nothing left from the dinner, so we tryed to make friends with the gang. And indeed, after some gentle touches, they decided to let us go without the ransom paid.

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