Monday, 14 September 2015
The Coal Mines Historic Site was the last Great walk I needed to do before I could cross off the entire Tasman Peninsula - yay! We drove there after our boat trip, and all we really expected to be doing was having a quick stop for lunch and heading home.
But the place turned out to be really lovely and we stayed for ages, only just making it home to Kingston in time for Family Dinner. Of course it helped that the weather was fantastic but the combination of lovely views and not-too-much-but-just-enough historical information was just what we needed. We ate lunch looking out to sea..
then the kids practised skipping rocks down on the foreshore ..
Then we explored the rest of the site. It wasn't overrun with tourists, that's for sure. It was lovely and peaceful.
We walked all around the site and up to the signal station. As we paused to read the signs I heard someone crashing through the bush below. Only it wasn't someone, it was something. A great big echidna was waddling it's way up towards us. We all stood really still and it came right out of the bush and practically up to Zali's feet, where it dug under need the posts she was standing on for ants.
So what I thought would be a quick stop, just to tick it off turned out to be really fun (oh and free!).