21 January 13
Wombats, wallabies, sinking sand, beach-camping, friendly travellers and water-sports. All these are found at the centre of the northern coast of Tasmania — Narawntapu National Park, a highly recommended park to visit for a variety of reasons.
Located within a hour’s drive from Launceston, Narawntapu facilitates for campers as well as day visitors. There are powered camp-sites and horse yards close to the entrance of the park. Last night, we chose to drive to the end of Bakers Beach Road to camp closer to the beach. Even here, amenity blocks provide basic toilets and taps for campers’ use.
The wet sand of Bakers Beach has a peculiar quality which we really enjoyed. A combination of grit-size, texture and tidal water means that the beach is comprised of sinking sand. It’s not I’m-going-to-suck-Indiana-Jones-into-the-murk deep, but just enough to prove a lot of fun for us.
As I’d heard that there was wildlife here, and we still hadn’t seen much, I decided to drive us to another camping spot. We followed the gravel road right to the end, where a well set-up camping ground was much more populated than our previous location.
As the day begins to cool, we’re rewarded with sights of wildlife around our camp. Little wallabies hop quickly by, hiding in the bushes when we approach.
The wombat was smaller than I remembered them to be, but perhaps I, too, was a child when I last saw a wombat in the wild, and that’s why I remember them as much bigger. It’s a privilege to be able to observe one so close, as wombats are notoriously shy, and I’m glad to share this experience with the girls.
The girls are so happy to be camping out in the bush again. They have their home back, they have the great outdoors to explore, we’re peaceful and enjoying each other’s company. This is what life is, what life should always be like — no matter where we park. Today, it just so happens to be here.