Dawn Bushwalk & Surfing – SW National Park

Luckily the Great Expedition Toyota Tarago has the best heater of any vehicle I’ve ever driven. Hobart at 4am in April is quite chilly, especially with a 960hPa low pressure system passing to the South of the island with South-Westerly winds pulling cold air from what feels like the Antartic nether regions.Traveller James D was not impressed by the cold snap but kept himself warm with the thoughts of his exploration to the bottom of Australia and what interesting things might be found in the ocean down there – His mission was to surf some particularly rogue waves in this remote part of Tasmania.We passed two cars in the two hours drive to the very quiet, damp and loneliest of car parking spots in Australia. Exiting the vehicle to only hear the tall gum trees shivvering makes it hard to comprehend the area was buzzing with people only a hundred years ago. Our raucous, bellowing laughter, however, would have rekindled memories for the native wallabies still living in the area. The gentle 45min walk to our destination was a nice warm up for our 7am dip in the big blue bath. Hardly a bath I know, but for these waters and these conditions, it’s definately better to be in than out…