Surprise Bay Waves

The Port Davey and South Coast Track – Day 8

Day 8 – Prion Beach Boat Crossing to Surprise Bay
Walking difficulty: Easy
Note: For GPS data, go to the GPS data page. 

Due to our extra walking the day before, it wasn’t too much of a jump from Prion to Surprise Bay. There were a few bogs along the way, but nothing too serious.

Leaving Prion, the mood was high.

There were some lovely tracks through the forest on the way to Surprise Bay. We ran into a problem crossing a river though. It turns out I’m no Bear Grylls.

Silly us. I’ll blame it on the fact we knew we were getting closer to the end.

Three or so hours later, after leaving Prion Beach, we made it. Dash was very impressed.

It was a gorgeous spot. It’s worth walking to from Cockle Creek, just for a night or two away.

Surprise Bay
Surprise Bay. View from the campsite.

We camped in a top spot, overlooking the beach. The weather was warm and the sky blue. Water was freezing though.

Surprise Bay Waves
Surprise Bay Waves

We got here in the morning, so there was plenty of time to try and take some wanky photos.

A stick thing at Surprise Bay
A stick thing at Surprise Bay

Slick!

Wave surging into the Surprise Bay lagoon
Wave surging into the Surprise Bay lagoon

Then night time came, and there’s a wonderful light show provided free of charge. You can even see the Ironbounds way off into the distance.

Surprise Bay Sunset
Surprise Bay Sunset

This is also from the campsite. Not a bad view!

Surprise Bay Sunset - Ironbounds in the background
Surprise Bay Sunset – Ironbounds in the background

All in all, an excellent break day at Surprise Bay. If you can manage a rest day, make it at Surprise Bay.

Note: For GPS data, go to the GPS data page.

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