Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bay Of Fires, Tasmania

Binalong Bay on The Bay Of Fires

I had a quick swim (that super cold water again) from the beach at Binalong Bay at the southern end of the Bay Of Fires. Clean, salty water and squeaky, white sand.

Coles Bay, Tasmania

A sunny day at Coles Bay on the east coast of Tasmania. The water was very clear and clean, but cold. I swam for about half an hour, then sat in the sun to warm up.

Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

The beach at Wineglass Bay

Unfortunately we couldn't get a sunny day for the view over Wineglass Bay (see below for what it can look like). It was still gorgeous though. We walked down a steep track to the beach, and sat for a while watching small waves on the clear saltwater. I went for a swim even though it was a cold morning with a strong wind. The water was very cold indeed, and really salty. Ten minutes was enough for me. 

Wineglass Bay from the lookout
(Creative commons: J J Harrison)

First Basin at Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania

First Basin at the Cataract Gorge in Launceston has an open air pool on a grassy reserve beside the freshwater basin itself. There is a kiddie's pool and play equipment too, so the park is pretty perfect for families on a warm day during the summer school holidays. I had a dip in the swimming pool, but it was far too busy to swim a length or two.

View of First basin from the Zig Zag walking track

I'd really come here to swim in the basin itself though. There were a few people in already, including kids with inflatable rafts and teenagers jumping off the low cliffs into deep water. I swam along the southern shore and back in water that was just a little chilly.

First Basin