Tasmanian Trip Report [51]

by Kevin Melville

Two Club members, Wayne Langmaid and Kevin Melville, paddled Tasmania’s south-west coast from Strahan to Cockle Creek during February and March last year. Matthew van Dorst (Avoca), Peter Rowlands (Devonport) and Geoff Morris (Burnie) also took part. The group covered 312 km in fifteen days including four and one half days lost due to weather conditions. Wayne and Kevin have paddled previously in Tasmanian waters including the trip around the Hunter Island group off the north west tip of Tasmania last year. In addition, Wayne crossed Bass Island in 1998 with Club member Doug Frazer and others. The pair report that last year’s south-west coast trip added significantly to their level of experience. This photo shows us rounding South West Cape in south west Tasmania during the trip. The water around South West Cape is notoriously rough but, for us, the weather and the sea were exceptionally calm. However, the sky in the photo shows signs of an approaching front and we lost the next day due to bad weather.