November 2019 - Long Spit to Marion Bay

The Walk a month group ventured out again last Sunday after a few months hiatus.

It was a gorgeous day to undertake the  Long Spit to Marion Bay circuit , an easy 6 km walk along the beautiful beach and returning on a 4WD track. 

Marion Bay was named after French explorer Marion du Fresne who arrived there in 1772 recording the first ever sighting of Tasmanian aboriginal people by Europeans.

A good turnout of 11 walkers, Di, Robert, Philip, Kat, Lyn, Caroline, Warren, Bob, Gerwyn, Angie and Summer met up at the carpark at the end of Marion Bay Rd  right on 10.30am.

The walk begins at a large sign 

From here you cross the dunes emerging at the mouth of Bream Creek where it flows into the ocean. 

And then an easy 3km stroll along the deserted beach

  watching the birds,

 spotting pebble crabs carrying their babies, 

observing aboriginal middens which are now exposed on the canal side,

and collecting shells. 

We stopped for lunch at the end of the spit, enjoying the sunshine and catching up on everyones news.

From here you can see Little Chinaman Bay on the Forestier Peninsular and the Denison Canal at Dunalley , a convenient shortcut for many vessels making the journey into Hobart.

As the tide was coming in we opted to walk inland and follow the 4WD track back to the carpark. Of some note was the significant increase in erosion since our last walk in 2015.

and along the way we found large bushes of lupins.
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We made it back to the vehicles just as the forecasted rain began a bit ahead of schedule at 1.30pm.
Another lovely walk with great company and fabulous scenery.