Refuge Cove, Wilsons Promontory
This part of our journey didn’t go totally according to plan. Our calculations for the time it would take to get to Refuge Cove from Port Fairy were slightly out. Someone…..(not me) came to the conclusion it would take us around 44 hours sailing at 5knots. We averaged 6.5knots, left a little earlier etc. Anyway, needless to say our calculation were all wrong for many reasons, and after 32.5 hours we arrive at Refuge Cove at 2000 on a very dark moonless night, and proceeded to feel our way blindly into the cove, drop anchor and go to bed (thank goodness for GPS).
Refuge Cove is beautiful; awesome in fact! We went for a walk to a look out over looking Sealer’s Cove. The walk took us through temperate rain forest and once out of the valleys, native scrub.
The afternoon was spent lazing on the beach with a small fire, sparkling wine and a BBQ lunch. The weather was beautiful.
We had no luck fishing from shore or off the boat.
The next day the weather was not so good and on a walk, to the lookout at the other end of the cove, we were caught in a downpour. This walk gave us some great views of Thorfinn at anchor and also a close up “meet and greet” with a wombat. (Not so much greet as he was asleep!)
We also visited the boaties camp ground and looked at the names of the various boats that have anchored in the cove before us. We decided to add Thorfinn to the list and inscribed a plaque as we whiled away the cold wet afternoon watching DVD’s.
Dwayne added our plaque to the others.
We left Refuge Cove at 2200 that night and began our sail to Eden, through the Bass Strait Oil Fields.
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