It was a very stormy night! If we were home we would have called it a tropical storm or even a cat one hurricane with the sound of the pounding surf in the back ground.
It is still rainy and windy when we get up. There are a few peeks of blue and breaks in the rain. Carolyn fixes a breakfast of the last of the “orange” eggs and bacon with toast and a great Australian made marmalade. We say good by to our hosts by 9:30AM and head to the little store to give back the plug that didn’t work with our extension cord. Dick figured they would not refund the money since he had opened the package, but low and behold as he hands it back, the lady opens the cash register and returns the money...$23AU!
We have to back track 50 or 60 KM to reach the highway to Coles Bay, home of the Freycinet National Park and the famous Wineglass Bay. Carolyn had researched the route and has a list of a couple of scenic stops along the way. The plan is to have lunch in the park and head up to St. Helens before cutting over to Launceston where we will spend three nights. She has an alternate plan if we piddle too much on the way to the park, so we will see how it goes.
The main route to Coles Bay is a long looping drive, backtracking West to Sorrel and then turning back to the East to go to Coles bay. There is a yellow road on the map, as opposed to the red road we are on, that goes straight up to Orford from Copping and Carolyn had seen the turn off for it the first day. When we get to the turn, the marked, numbered and paved road looks OK and it cuts at least half the distance.....what can go wrong?
We take a chance and turn. The pavement gives way to hard packed gravel/dirt after a few KM, but there is local traffic and the speed limit on the gravel roads in Tasmania is 80km/hr. We come to a split that is marked Forest Road or Nugent. The small internet generated map we have shows both and we opt for Nugent since we see several cars turn that way as we debate which way to go. In reality the Forest Road was probably fine and came out in Orford. The leg we took was a good smooth road, no traffic and went through nice farm land and forest. We never saw Nugent, just a marker, and get to the main highway at Buckland just east of Orford. The drive to Orford is along the Prosser River. Dick stops for petrol in Orford and we stop for pictures at the beautiful bay. It was a nice drive and saved a little time.
We drive down to the cape and take the walk. It is an easy, mostly cantilevered, ramp just below the lighthouse and has spectacular views out over the Tasman Sea and the mountains rising up from the sea to form “The Hazards.” We also get a peak into Wineglass Bay in the distance with its beautiful white sand beach!