Lime Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania. 2020
Lime Bay is a small National Park at the northwest corner of the Tasman Peninsula, about 90 minutes drive from Hobart.
a popular camping area for families with young children. There are plenty of
flat and shady campsites, a toilet block with a water supply, and (most
importantly) a sheltered, shallow beach. A small camping fee applies.
It lies within the national park network managed by the
Wildlife Service (PWS), so you also need a Parks Pass. Sophie and I
visited in mid-Spring.
This map shows Lime Bay, with the walking track from the bay to Lagoon Beach (not named here, but just west of Sloping Lagoon). You can also walk into this area via the village of Gwandalan. Most campers stay around Lime Bay, so even on a busy weekend, there are few walkers to be seen.
As Google Earth sees the north of the Tasman Peninsula. The shape at the lower left is a photographic artefact. In this photo Sloping Lagoon appears dry, which in fact it is a lot of the time. At the time of our visit it had about 10cm of water over most of its area. There were a handful of ducks, but no swans.
In the early days of British settlement, coal was mined in the area, and the local forests were cut for timber.
I found an old brass ship-nail on the beach, which might, I thought, have come from an early sailing ship.
There are many buildings around this part of the Tasman Peninsula which date from convict settlement. Convicts were used to work the mines.
Many of the local buildings from this era are now crumbling ruins, but others, like the one above, have been preserved, at least for the time-being.
We arose before dawn (16 October).
Much of the forest here was burnt in wildfires about two years ago. As you can see, bracken comes back strongly after a fire, as the below-ground plant survives, and can put up new shoots quickly.
Recent rain had filled the shallow forest pools.
Lagoon Beach. That's Sloping Island on the left. Although the camping area was crowded, we had this beach entirely to ourselves (bar a pair of pied oyster-catchers).
Shadows and foot-prints. Maybe a feral cat...?