The last of the sun was on our backs and the whole beach was still, except for the sound of the small waves lapping at the shore. Willow was standing on the rocks and the light behind her made her whiskers look majestic.
How have we not spent time here before? I asked myself.
This is the campsite that I nearly I wasn’t going to tell anyone about. The campsite so outrageously spectacular that it almost feels like we should have paid for the experience.
This is Waterhouse Point, and it offers some of the best free camping Tasmania has to offer. There are a few different camp areas to choose from so we picked the Village Green as it offered the best shelter from the Easterly winds that week.
We were not disappointed. As we parked up the van and walked down to the beach we were met with a water wonderland. The tide was right out, and the lagoons and rock pools that were left behind were magic.
Steph and I found the most perfect pool in which to take a dip as we enjoyed a sunset drink. Beneath the surface, fish darted around the miniature reef, awaiting their reunion with their friends when the tide comes back in.
The area is a conversation area, however pets are allowed on leash. This meant it was the perfect place to spend some time with Willow.
She enjoyed some beach exploration and found lots of things to sniff at, and when she got bored of that she would sit with her whiskers in the breeze.
There was a lot of wildlife around and we spotted lots of wallabies and birdlife. But I was hoping that we would get to see a wombat. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
Along the beach we did come across wombat tracks and diggings but no actual wombats. I’m sure if we were a bit more patient and sat down the beach at night with a torch we would have spotted some. Maybe next time!
The beach was transformed when the tide came in with all our rocks pools inundated once again. It was beautiful to watch stark contrast between the tides.
We spent a total of 3 nights at Waterhouse Point, and all for free! Swimming, snorkeling, and sunset walks along the beach – we really couldn’t ask for more. Oh, and of course, we got to share the whole experience with Willow.
And as for our elusive wombat friend… we hope to see you next time, Mr wombat!