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After a day of waterfalls and a day at the beach, today was a day of wildlife. We started the day leaving our hostel for the drive to Bicheno, which took us a couple Of hours.
Once we decked into ow hostel (separate bunk beds :( ), we got back on the road again and headed for Coles Bay and more specifically Wineglass Bay. This is an area of amazing beauty but to get from the car park to the bay is a 2 hour trek. 'No problems' we thought and headed off. Naturally, we were appropriately equiped with plenty of water and a lunch Heather had prepared at the at the YHA hostel.
It was just after we started walking that we came across a wallaby. "yeah, so?" I hear you say, after all i have been in the land of Oz for 5 years or so. The difference this time was that this wallaby was about 3 feet away, much closer than I had been before.
We continued on the trek, stopping peiodically to have some water, because aIthough the temperature was cool, there Was still a fair deal of exertion involved. Finally, we made it to the lookout point overlooking Wineglass Bay; it was a spectacular sight. After a 10 minute rest, we made the descent to the bay itself. Just as we approached tle beach, we saw another wallaby (or maybe the same one, who knows?) , again only a couple of feet from us.
We lazed on the beach and ate the tuna salad sarnies Heather had made, and as it was while we were eating that Heather spotted a pod of 3 dolphins. After we had lazed around for about 45 minutes, we dragged ourselves up and headed back along the track to the carpark.
The final expedition of the day was actually after dark. Bichonet's tourist highlight is that ithe dunes on its beach are home to hundreds of fairy penguins. Although we could have paid $18 each and had a guided to of them after dark, we armed ourselves with a torch and armed the night vision on the video camera.
We sat and waited patiently but there was no sign of anything after nearly an hour of waiting. Just as we were wandering back towards the car, we saw one about 6 inches in front of us (it was dark, we were lucky we saw anything). Within minutes, we had seen about 10, the furthest away only being a couple of feet. They're cute little things...
On the way back to the hostel however, we saw a possum carrying a baby on it's back. Fortunately, we didn't hit them as I was driving carefully (for a change). There's enough roadkill on the Tassie roads, without me contributing to it.

Posted by jefranklin 13:08 Archived in Australia Tagged wildlife

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