After we left Stanley we headed to the west coast. We kept an eye on the fire zone but considered we would be OK. After checking in with National Parks, we realised there were quite a few fires around and the road to Strahan had been closed. Just to be on the safe side that night we camped smack between the ranger’s house and the parks office!
We drove down the coast through some great fishing shack villages and very nice weekenders. We headed down to Nelson Bay, Couta Rocks and Temma, the point where the road was closed. All the time the wind was howling in from the west, so the smoke was blowing away from us, but we could still see the orange glow from the fires. It was only a couple of days after we left that the whole area was evacuated as the winds had changed direction.
Amazing rugged coastline with some pretty wild currents and huge swell. You can only imagine what it must be like in the midst of winter. This point of Tassie actually lies below the tip of South Africa, so the next land point is South America.
SP: Loved this area and really would have liked to continue south past Couta Rocks to do the loop back up to Roper River or continue down past Balfour to Corinna along the Tarkine. Looks like the road closures have given us a reason to come back…. maybe lap 2?