From Narawntapu National Park we drove towards the east coast and spent two wonderful days in the Bay of Fires. The Bay of Fires is named for its white beaches and orange granite rocks.
Jeanneret Beach Campground
We spent the night at the Jeanneret Beach Campground. Here we were lucky to get one of the last spots and it was only three o’clock in the afternoon. The campground is very popular as it is situated directly on a small promontory and from there you can reach the beach in a few steps. Besides the very good location it has two hybrid toilets (combines long drop with a little bit of water to flush), but you have to bring your own toilet paper. The campground is provided free of charge and you can stay here for a maximum of 2 weeks.
Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires consists of several white beach sections separated by orange granite rocks. Together with the turquoise sea it just looks magnificent!
The Bay of Fires got its name, however, not from the color of the rocks, but because the aboriginals regularly burned down the vegetation here. This attracted kangaroos and other animals and made it easier for the aboriginals to hunt. From our campsite we walked about 3.5 km along the beach to the north, stopped every now and then to take pictures or simply sat down on the rocks and enjoyed the great view. Unfortunately it was very windy this day and we were “sandblasted” a bit. Along the beach there are also other free campsites with direct access to the sea. There was really a lot going on here and we can only advise anyone who wants to visit the Bay of Fires to look for a nice and calm spot around noon.
Between the campsites Cosy Corner South and Cosy Corner North there is a more sheltered bay where you can swim if the waves are too big on the other beaches.
We were sad to have to head south so fast… even our 30 days on Tasmania went by much too fast. But with the Freycinet National Park the next highlight was already waiting for us. And also the other regions along the Great Eastern Drive looked really great and inviting.