At the end of the last blog we had packed up our camp site in Port Arthur and drove on to our next adventure, house sitting a cat called Ruckus for a couple of weeks in Blackmans Bay.
Blackmans Bay is a small town based around a beach. It’s in a bay (duh!) so the waters are calm and clear and the sand clean and beautiful. We were in a house high on the hill, Google said it’s a 100m above sea level. We walked down to the beach and around the headland at least once a day. The walk down was a doddle, the walk back up the hill not so. Got easier each time we did it though.
Didn’t stop some people though, we did see some kids in the water and a few other dedicated swimming souls each day.
We were, as usual, really busy with work. We did try and get out each day though. So this blog is really about what we saw walking around Blackmans Bay. The light each day was so very different and therefore the scene changed with each venture out. There was a walking path that took us over the headlands that bracketed the small beach, they offered up some spectacular views.
One of the very strange things we noticed was at this feature on the beach. First thing we noticed was how many seagulls congretated at this point every day. The second this we noticed was how every few minutes waves of seagulls would fly in while another wave left. Almost in rotation, like they were taking their turns.
Being so close to Maddy and Steve we took some opportunities to meet up with them. We went out for dinner one evening in Bar Wa Izakaya. I can’t praise this place highly enough. We love it here.
Indian and Fish & Chips
If you are going to open a restaurant to appeal to the widest possible audience go for Indian and Fish & Chips in one restaurant.
The food was ok, a bit bland. It was also apparent they were not really taking the Go Green very seriously as there were dozens of people collecting their take away meals in plastic boxes in plastic bags. The bags did have “Please recycle or reuse me” in large green friendly letters though so thats ok. Did not see one take away meal in anything other than plastic boxes. Plus they had straws in drinks. It was very disappointing.
Pretty soon it was time to leave Ruckus and Blackmans Bay.
We will remember this place fondly though. The walks over the headlands kept us fit. Here are some more sights from our time here.
For the next 11 nights we are camping in Huonville Camp Site. As we are working during the week we try not to set up our tent on a weekday, or if its wet and windy, as it takes a bit of time out of the working day and its a pain setting up in bad weather. As we were leaving Blackmans Bay on a weekday, and it was forecast rain and wind, we booked into a unique little Airbnb in Huonville for one night and let the storm blow over.
We stayed in Huonville Camp Site about 2 years ago and wrote about it in a previous blog. It is still one of the most beautiful camp grounds we’ve stayed in.
The tiny village of Huonville has soul but, I’ll leave that to the next blog.