April 26, 2013…Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires

We will be making our way over to the east coast of Tasmania today.  It was fantastic to wake up full of energy after being warm, comfy and cozy in a fluffy bed!…Thanks a ton!

Chrissie and Brian decided that they would ride, and we would follow, over to the east coast.  This was super kind of them, but, I really think that they just wanted us to drool and envy at them attacking the awesomeness of the country backroads.  I could feel my body lean into the corners as I watched Brian and Chrissie from behind.   I was having a heck of a time trying to keep up with them on their Moto Guzzi, it was a lot of fun!

As we drove through the amazing picturesque countryside, you can't help but think of Tasmania as one big National Park, absolutely beautiful.  Sometimes your eyes would play tricks on you!  I swear I was back in New Zealand, the hinterland of Queensland, Victoria's Gippsland region, South Australia's Barossa Valley, on the amazing coastline of Western Australia, even experiencing the red dirt of the Outback…it is just way too cool!  Tassie you are definitely a jewel…"like New Zealand, or the Oz Mainland ONLY different!"  We enjoyed a farm fresh lunch at the local dairy farm of Pyengana, then hiked up to St. Columba Falls…now onto St Helens and Binalong Bay for a coffee and baklava!  What an awesome couple of days Chrissie and Brian thanks again for everything!

Kev and I sat looking out over the fresh crystal waters of Binalong Bay, as Chrissie and Brian rode off into the sunset…We miss their company already!  We hopped back into the van and decided to secure a free beach camping spot before night falls.  We got lucky and found the perfect spot right on the beach.  The moon was rising full over the chilly, clear, and calm Tasman Sea…and we settled in for another beautiful, and unusually warm night.

We are going beyond the Ranges in the distance today...amazing countryside!

We are going beyond the Ranges in the distance today...amazing countryside!

St. Columbia Falls, Pyengana.

St. Columbia Falls, Pyengana.

  Platypus live here! 

Platypus live here! 

Kev, Brian and Chrissie checking out one of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania, St. Columbia Falls!

Kev, Brian and Chrissie checking out one of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania, St. Columbia Falls!

Kev & Brian

Kev & Brian

Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires

Binalong Bay, Bay of Fires

The bay was given its name in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux    who saw the area beaches lit  up with fires by the Aboriginal Tribes of the area. 

The bay was given its name in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux  who saw the area beaches lit  up with fires by the Aboriginal Tribes of the area. 

Our free beach camp for the night!....No complaining here!

Our free beach camp for the night!....No complaining here!

 Beautiful warm night.

Beautiful warm night.

Thanks for everything Chrissie & Brian!

Thanks for everything Chrissie & Brian!