While we were in the Huon Valley, all the locals kept telling us that we had to visit the South. So visit the South we did. OMG! Talk about one of Australia’s best kept secrets, we drove through some incredible fishing villages that I really don’t think were touched by time in the past 50 or so years. And really, why would you. The simplicity of life down there was gorgeous. A bit challenging when you are trying to food shop for a family of 5, but regardless, we just went with it and enjoyed it for what it was.
As we ventured south, the crystal blue clear waters had us captivated. It was the same breathtaking scenery as you arrive on a tropical island. We were so fortunate to have this gorgeous weather for a few days and give or take 10-20 degrees on the water, you could have thought you were in Fiji. We all know that kids will swim in anything, but the clarity of the water was so enticing that even I couldn’t resist. Given where we were, it wasn’t too bad!
From our campsite at Cockle Creek, there was a 16km return walk to the Southern Cape, which is the most southern point in Australia. We couldn’t not go there as we were so close…so loaded up with water…no treats for bribery this time given the limited shopping opportunities on the way to Cockle Creek, and nothing for at least 2 hours on the way down there, all we had was an amoury of water, apples and Dad jokes. Kudu’s to the kids, they walked like champs. Given we’d passed a few groups who were more than happy to tell us about their Tiger snake spotting, I think the kids were happy just to get there and get the hell out. The Southern Cape was pretty spectacular. Very wild and rugged coastline with nothing between us until Antarctica. No, there was definitely no swimming going on here.