This coastal path on the River Derwent, just south of Hobart, is one of our favourite places.
The well maintained footpath hugs the coastline as it passes through a range of vegetation.
The rocks are not far below, with some people choosing to walk that route. As the tide is coming in, there is a constant sound of waves breaking on the rocks. There are glimpses of yachts out on the river.
There are information signs along the track, identifying trees, flowers or sharing a little of the history of the area.
The path skirts the edge of homes that have boundaries to the high water mark. Most home owners are happy for the path to cross their land. A few are not. In some sections there are steps to negotiate a gully.
Then the path opens to this view. The cove is full of pebbles but a closer look shows a high ratio of shells amongst the stones.
We continue around the point to another little beach. Sand this time with a boat shed and dinghies upturned on the grass. It is good to see kids playing on the beach and on the rocks, exploring and enjoying nature.
As we back track we pass a lone grave, a historic site of the oldest known European grave in Tasmania. James Batchelor was buried here on 28th January 1810. He was a young sailor who died on his ship, Venus, that had brought much needed wheat from Calcutta, to the new colony in Van Diemen’s Land. A perfect last resting place, with views of the estuary and the beach below.
Hidden behind the trees, the University of Tasmania has a research campus.
We’ve walked here at various times of the day and in different tide and wind conditions. When a southerly wind blows in, the waves pick up and we have seen surfers having fun on boards or in kayaks.
On a calm evening at low tide, the long shadows enhance the peacefulness of the beach.
Taroona Beach is also a perfect spot for observing the night sky and because it is south facing with minimal light pollution, we have been fortunate to see the Aurura Australis from here – The Southern Lights. As I said, it’s a favourite place.
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