What a day of contrasts. We woke up to thick low cloud and torrential rain. We were meant to be going on a boat trip this morning but were advised to swap to the afternoon trip. Instead we went next door to the Port Arthur Penal Colony. This involved a 40 minute walking tour (soaked through to the knickers) and a 30 minute harbour cruise where it was raining so hard you couldn’t see that much. We understood that the poor beggars who were incarcerated there didn’t have an easy life.
Thoroughly soaked we returned to our accommodation and put our wet clothes into the tumble dryer and had lunch. It was really good to put on hot shorts after lunch.
We went down for the boat trip which turned out to be amazing.
The boat was fitted with 3 powerful outboard motors and held 40 people. Everyone had to wear a full length red poncho and wear seatbelts.
We were taken around the most amazing bit of coastline I have ever seen. Sheer cliffs which were formed like giant pillars then the next outcrop the cliffs were horizontal. The guy was very good with the boat and was able to get really close into the cliffs and into caves. We then went out into the ocean where the swell was quite deep and it made me think of the lone sailors who spend days at sea in swells far worse than that.
We saw Sheerwater, Sea Eagles, 2 kinds of Albatross and a load of seals
The wind was incredible and it made you feel like you were having a head massage. The sun had come out and the sky was blue which made the sea even bluer.
This was an ACE trip.
Fish and Chips for dinner and tomorrow we move north to Coles Bay