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Pirates Bay Tasmania

1/ The line of cliffs extending from Pirates Bay to Cape Hauy, at the top left, are some of the most beautiful in the world.

Pirates Bay Tasmania

2/ The tour is conducted in a powerful boat with a large canopy.

Pirates Bay Tasmania

3/ The mate gives a life jacket drill before the crew issued the passengers with water proof coverings.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

4/ The rock sculptures that you see are truly awesome. On left is an insulberg, then follow the two lanterns, while the pillar to the right is the "Candlestick".

Cape Pillar Tasmania

5/ As you pass Waterfall Bay, you see the waterfall that gave it its name. In winter the water comes cascading down in a heavy torrent.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

6/ The huge pillar in the middle is the "Candlestick". Behind it, just visible, is the "Totempole".

Cape Pillar Tasmania

7/ The sea around Cape Pillar can be very violent. In this photo on the right you can see a 20 metre wave crashing against a 60 metre cliff.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

8/ To the left are sheer dolomite cliffs, while the white color to the right indicates that this is a sea bird rookery. Their faeces have turned the cliff white over aeons of time.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

9/ These rock terraces are frequently populated by large populations of seals.

seals

10/ This is a telephoto shot of two seals on a terrace. Note the seagulls below them.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

11/ A dolomite cliff juts into the sea.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

12/ The cliffs presented numerous dolomite sculptures to behold.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

13/ These were some of the highest dolomite cliffs on the way to Cape Hauy.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

14/ This photo shows the entrance to Fortescue Bay. This bay was protected by a breakwater wreck, which made it surprisingly calm. Fortescue Bay is an entry point for walkers walking the Cape Pillar Track. They see these sights from the landward side.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

15/ The wave movement through this gap was extremely violent. You can actually see the water level rising some metres. It would be disastrous for any boat to attempt to sail through it.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

16/ The tour boat uses its powerful engines to take you deep into a grotto. Here you can see the strange colors and shapes that you see in a grotto sculptured by the waves.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

17/ This is the view looking out of a grotto. I found it a bit frightening to be this deeply inside one.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

18/This shows one of the grottoes that we passed. This one was similar to the one that we entered.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

19/ An insulberg near Cape Hauy. The white covering indicates that this is a bird rookery.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

20/ The tour boat does a thrilling dash between this insulberg and the cliff. The gap between them was only about 20 metres. It makes a great photo from the track above.

Cape Hauy

21/ This photo shows Cape Hauy as we approached it from the north.

Cape Pillar Tasmania

22/ This photo shows the Pillar Rock bathing in a violent sea.

Tasman Island

23/ This photo shows the gap between Tasman Island on the left and the tip of the Tasman Peninsula on the right. The sea was quite violent on the day of our visit.

Tasman Island

24/ Tasman Island is a very forbidding place. On the left you can just sea the tip of the lighthouse.

Tasman Island

25/ The landing on Tasman Island was at the bottom of this cliff. The people and supplies had to be winched up by a crane, as no mooring could be provided for boats. Resupply was, further, only possible in calm weather. It must be been a very isolated place.

Cape Pillar

26/ Late in the afternoon we approached the other great site, "the Totempole", which you can see jutting up from the rock on the extreme right.

Cape Pillar

27/ The Totempole was a massive column that seemed to be permanently fixed in a violent sea. Behind it you can see the Candlestick.

Cape Pillar

28/ As we returned back to Pirates Bay the colors of the sea changed significantly.

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