2020 Apple Isle Adventure travel blog

Convict-built Spikey Bridge

detail of spikey bridge


Wineglass Bay

Another view of Wineglass Bay



Honeymoon Bay



Cape Tourville Lighthouse


Near Swansea we visited the unusual convict-built Spikey Bridge built way back in 1841. The bridge was made from field stones laid without mortar or cement and the parapet features field stones laid vertically, giving the bridge a spiky appearance.

It's claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides of the bridge, though it turns out the real reason is to help the bridge weather harsh winds. There are also the remains of the governor's cottage on the hill overlooking the unusual bridge.

We also visited the Bark Mill, the mill was one of the few industries that operated in Swansea through the Great Depression and helped keep the town afloat. Kates Berry Farm was a fun stop as we got to try chocolate coated berries, ice cream and other delicious treats.

We continued on to Freycinet National Park, home to dramatic pink granite peaks, white sandy beaches, rugged Tasmanian coastline and the secluded Wineglass Bay, voted by several travel authorities as one of the world's ten best beaches.

Grae has not been able to wear any closed shoes or his hiking boots due to his broken toes (he dropped a 5 litre metal tin and broke a couple of toes back in January) so he climbed the trail to the Wineglass Bay Lookout in sandals.

Gazing out across the bay we learnt that no one really knows why it is called Wineglass bay, it certainly isn't because of its shape. It has been suggested the name came from the colour of blood and guts resulting from previous whaling activities. How gross.......

Sadly the weather was a bit gloomy so our photos certainly didn't do it justice unlike all the travel brochures.

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