Every now and then I visit a place because I’ve heard amazing things about it, or I’ve been recommended to visit by friends that have been before me. Sometimes these places don’t really click with me, but this is one that did. The Bay of Fires in Tasmania. The bay was number 2 on my list of must-see sights in Tassie, second only to Cradle Mountain, and for good reason.
The Bay of Fires lies on the northeastern coast of Tasmania, and as we were travelling anti-clockwise around the island, it ended up being on one of our final days in Tas. What a great way to sign off a road trip though.
It’s name can be misleading, it isn’t fiery at all. Apparently the bay was given its name by the Captain of ‘Adventure’ in 1773, after he spotted the aboriginal fires on the beaches in the area. The indigenous population call this area Larapuna, though I have no idea what that means.
Rather ironically, the orange colour of the rocks in the Bay of Fires can seem ‘on fire’, and on those days when you get a burning red sunset, the whole bay comes alive with fiery hues.
The reality of it though, is that the orange colour is the result of the lichen that grows here. Not that I’m complaining; it remains the one and only place I’ve seen orange coloured rocks in the ocean.
As the sunset kicks in you start to lose the bright orange on the rocks – though its still clearly visible in this picture. It can be quite entertaining to jump around across the rocks to find the perfect vantage point to watch the sun go down.
It also happens to be that because of the way the bay has formed, you can quite easily look across the water and not only do you get a sunset, you get the reflection and the contrast to the rocks. Scroll to the top of this post to see what I mean.
The best part about all of this is that, the lichen and the orange rocks isn’t the only thing that the Bay of Fires is famous for. The Bay of Fires has been voted as the worlds best beach, and it gained recognition from Lonely Planet as the worlds hottest travel destination in 2009.
29 kilometres of white sandy beaches and clear blue sea only add to the reasons that the Bay of Fires is such a renowned place to visit, although everything considered, it is also extremely peaceful.
The best way to experience the whole bay would be to spend a few days hiking, though you can still enjoy it on the drive through if you’re short on time. It was, still is and will likely remain one of my favourite highlights of Tasmania, and I’ll definitely be returning to spend more time here.
Next time I’ll take some better pictures – Check out these on Google, they make mine look dreadful.
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