Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
September 26, 2002
What I got was picture-postcard rural solitude, a petrol station doubling as a General Store and a few of the usual community-based businesses.
Not a Big Mac or a double-decaf cappuccino in sight. God I love Tasmania.
Lookin’ out my back door
Standard hotel and motel offerings handle the package trade and there are a few bed and breakfast properties in the surrounding area, but we struck gold on a small road outside the village. Carnarvon Bay hosts a cluster of houses and beach shacks, most with uninterrupted water views and most of them deliciously private.
Andertons offers ensuite accommodation in the family residence or self contained solitude nearby in a gorgeous little beach house hugging the bay.
"This is so cute," says Karen. "My family used to spend summer holidays in a place like this by the beach. Look at this view!"
A large covered deck at the rear of the shack overlooks the bay. Sunlight dances across the water only eighty feet away, distant shores framed by the wilderness forests of Tasman National Park. Inside is a queen size bedroom and living area, both making the most of the views, with a smaller second bedroom, kitchen and bathroom at the front of the house.
I see a full moon rising
Each day starts in a sunny corner of the living room with cereal, toast, yoghurt and juice, compliments of our host, and each day ends with wine and sunset reflections from our private deck. And then the main event.
Andertons faces east - front row centre for the moonrise. Our visit coincided with a full moon and the sight of its perfect form, magnified over the glassy water each night held us spellbound. There is no light pollution here and it’s as if an alien beacon had searched us out, staring from afar - curious, but friendly.
The simple things
Simple touches guarantee return business and Andertons know their trade. An efficient bathroom heater and electric blankets are important in the cool climate, and a constant supply of chopped wood for the combustion stove made our nights toasty and romantic.
Our new friendship with Lyn and Matt continued here one night after a day hiking near Remarkable Cave and they too fell in love with the place.
"A$65 a night. Are you kidding? We’re paying A$105 near town," said Lyn. "And it doesn’t have half the character of this place."
Then she spots the moon rising over the bay.
"Wow! Matt! I think you’d better see this."
From journal Australia's Great Southern Island (Way Down South)