Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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 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.