After some hectic days, a couple of dodgy night’s and with only two sleeps left in Tassie; the folks were looking for somewhere to chill before catching the boat back to the mainland. They chose Beauty Point, it turned out to be an ideal!
We checked into the Beauty Point Tourist Park. Nice facilities, quiet site surrounded by hedges. Luckily, I could see under the hedges, to keep an eye on the security situation. We ran into a couple we had camped next to earlier in the trip. The folks swapped stories of travels and wineries.
The first afternoon was spent relaxing and doing the obligatory laundry. Before tea we walked around the riverbank. The camp is on a little point sticking into the Tamar River – the Redbill Point Conservation Area. Despite its name, the lady in the office told us it’s a ‘good boys off lead’ area. Excellent! I’d been to one too many ‘dogs on leash’ areas in recent days. It was low tide, so a bit ‘mud-flatty’. It would be a great place for swimming on the high tide! I slept like a log!
In the morning, we walked into town and had breakfast at The River Cafe. Friendly dog-loving staff, lots of water bowls on the deck! A couple of dogs already there with their humans. Wags and sniffs exchanged before settling in under a table. Of all the things the folks eat in cafes, I think eggs and bacon are my favourite. It’s worth being there just for the smell! This time was even better as they both needed help finishing their bacon. During breakfast, dogs started bringing their owners in for coffee. It’s clearly a Saturday morning thing in Beauty Point. By the time we left there were about 20 people and 12 dogs on the deck. It was the most dogs I’ve seen in a cafe at the same time. Pawesome! Getting up to formally greet new arrivals was gradually reduced to exchanging nods.
Leaving the cafe to walk up the shopping strip it became apparent that of the 10 or so shops in town most were shut down. Only the cafe, op-shop and newsagent seemed to be open on Saturday morning. The town seems to be in decline just now. No wonder it’s so quiet and peaceful. Settled in for an afternoon nap. Nothing else planned for today, just chilling at Point Beauty.
Footnote: Next day on the way out of town, the Sparrow went to Seahorse World while the Silverback and I walked around the docks and checked out the tugs that are stationed there.