Wednesday 15 November 2017 -
Bicheno to St Helens
Pictured below is the Blow Hole at
Bicheno. We stayed in Bicheno by the
Bay. All night the waves thundered on the
rocks and the wind blew.
Drive up the
coast to St Helens via the seaside towns of
Orford, Swansea and Scamander. Just outside
of Orford is a lovely view along a great strip of
beach front. Sheltered picnic grounds make
for a great spot for a walk break and a spot of
lunch. Also lovely views of Maria Island.
Quite impressive. Next stop Swansea
(established in the 1820s as Waterloo Point).
Swansea is one of Tasmania's oldest towns - more
beach to walk along - and finally Scamander. This
is all known as the surf coast. The
beautiful colour of the water reminds me of those
tropical island resort pics you often see in
back at Swansea
Below the small township of
Here we are in St Helens - Top of
the Trees B & B - GLORIOUS views and
fabulous hosts. A must do for anyone
travelling along the East Coast.
One half of our room in The Top of
the Trees B & B. The other half (bathroom,
complete with spa and kitchen) are to the
right. The picture windows bring outside
inside and the sky at night is a sparkling
The outside side view of our B
& B. From the front it looks like a huge
The drive way to the top of what
literally is the mountain range (Mt Pearson) which
also is a National Park area. The drive is a
kilometer long and is so steep there is signage to
encourage you to increase your speed to enable you
to reach a point where another sign
Every time we reached this point
we threw our hands in the air and said YAYYYYYYYY we
made it! I guess you had to be there.
Pictured above is the beginning of
the road into the 'Bay of Fire'. A gorgeous
coastline as seen below in a selection of pictures
from an area called 'The Gardens'.
From this view you can see the
whole 'Bay of Fires' area. The area
names by Tobias Furneaux in 1773 the Bay of Fires
comes from seeing the many fires lit by the
north-east coastal plains Aboriginal people..
What a sensational day of
scenery. This area is also renowned for its
whale watching points.
Thursday 16 November 2017 - St
Rest day in St Helens
Even on a rest day you still have
to do something a bit low key so off we went for a
drive to a couple of the local points - first
Humbug Point - (pictured below) Quite
interesting rock formations - the rust color is
lichen. The locals tell us if it is really
really orangy/red it is sexually active!
Sounds like a sci-fi movie plot. :-)
Driving back from Skeletal point
we saw this little one crossing the road. I
only just got a pic before it scampered into the
Usually on a rest day we do some
laundry (that also doubles as a cafe). We
asked the waitress where we might find the local
community radio station, if in fact, there was
one. Bingo! She was actually an
Afternoons presenter there called 'The Tone' .
She gave us directions and told us that the station
manager there would be very pleased to meet
us. And indeed he was. We had a tour
around the station and a really long chat that was
Now back at our B & B for an
afternoon rest and to catch up on diary notes and
the like. The pic below is a little piece of
history that was built further up the hill from our
B & B. There is a bath tub also on the
other side of the house outside where the people who
lived here used to bathe.
This evening was a quiet
one. The rains have come and it is so very
cosy and peaceful. A retreat that you
definitely cannot miss if you visit the east coast