South Cape Bay Walk
For our after Christmas holiday we made our way back to Tasmania as we had finally managed to do some overnight walks with the kids, and thought that there is nowhere better to be doing an overnight walk than Tasmania! It’s hard work getting the boys out to a walk-in campsite, carrying our gear, carrying one or more children, or alternatively bribing the oldest child to walk himself!
Our first bushwalk was 3 nights on the South Coast of Tassie. Plan A
was to spend the first night at Lion Rock, night 2 at South Cape
Rivulet, and night 3 back at Lion Rock. Plan B was to push really
hard and get to South Cape Rivulet on night 1 (12kms), thus having a
day walk from there, and camping at Lion Rock on night 3. We weren’t
overly confident about plan B.
Some 4kms in, walking along the easy boardwalk, we started hearing
distant noises. Dad made the comment “I’d like to think that’s
waves, but I think it’s thunder”. Given the pleasant weather in
Tassie so far, and our previous glorious days on the South Coast
Track we have naively forgotten to check the weather report and the
potential thunder came as a complete surprise. As I looked up
towards the Southern Ranges I realised the error in my thinking. And
of course, we were still some distance from the ocean!
When Dad got back to us, soaking wet, some 30 minutes later I was surprised he wasn’t carrying his pack, as I thought conservative Daddy would want to go home, given he, myself and our eldest were soaking wet! As I couldn’t be the one to call it quits, we headed on up the track, only about 1km, to the dropped pack. From there, to save time in the intermittent rain, we took the youngest out of the comfy baby carrier and attached him to Dad, whilst I carried the eldest. So Dad was loaded with an extra 13kgs, and myself with an extra 6kgs. We slowly and steadily made our way to Lion Rock, fighting driving rain as we finally hit the coast and walked down the beach.
In a tragic twist, we missed the sign to the campsite and started
heading up over the headland along the South Coast Track. After
climbing about 50ms, of which Dad had to give me a lift on some of
the bigger steps, we realised our mistake and backtracked to the
Whilst the rain had stopped in the early evening, enabling Dad to take some photos on the beach, it came back during the night and was still persisting during the morning, so we made the sad decision to head back. The kids were great, and hadn’t complained despite spending 20 hours in the tent. In order to get back to the car as quickly as possible, and due to the potentially very wet track, we decided it was best to carry two children, making for an exceptionally heavy load for each of us.
The track which had been bone dry on the way up, was now under water in places making quite a spectacle! Unfortunately we didn’t get any photos as Dad wasn’t taking any chances with his new camera getting wet, and had it locked away in a dry bag. As we neared the car we past a couple of walkers starting the South Coast track and asked them for a weather report. They said the weather would be clearing in about 3 days, which vindicated our decision to pike. The walker then added it would be sunny for a couple of days after that and then probably raining again by next week, such is the fickle South West Tasmanian weather.
Despite the rather unsuccessful walk, I am formulating plans for our return, with the ambition of extending the walk to Surprise Bay. Of course I will check the weather report next time.