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23 April 2017 / leggypeggy

Trousers Point Walk—a great way to spend Earth Day

Trousers Point Walk, Flinders Island

Cape Barren Island in the distance

Trousers Point Walk, Flinders Island

Earth Day has come and gone in Australia, but I have wonderful memories of how we spent the day—mostly outdoors.

We started out the morning with a trip to Allport Beach to give the dogs—Archie and Mickie—a good run. Once they’ve been worn out, they’re quite happy (well happy might not be the right word) for us to desert them for the rest of the day while we explore Flinders Island.

Our Earth Day highlight was doing the Trousers Point Walk on the west coast of Flinders Island. We’d had a quick look at Trousers Point the first day we were on the island, but that day Graeme gave us a quick tour of the bottom part of the island, so we had a sense of where we were.

We did learn that Trousers Point is a rocky granite headland that is known for two beautiful beaches, views to offshore islands and Mt Strzelecki, and unusual rock features. Locals say it is the most photographed and celebrated beach on Flinders Island with crystal clear waters, wide expanses of white sand, and a mountain rising from the ocean.

The name is said to commemorate the escape by a trouserless lad from the wreck of the Sarah Ann Blanche. The boat was at anchor off Chappell Island and was being loaded with muttonbird oil, when she was swept from her mooring in strong winds.

Richard Burgess was son of the boat’s owner, and the only person on board when the winds came up. As the boat was swept along, he crawled along the bowsprit and dropped safely onto the rocks at what has become known as Trousers Point. He made a lucky escape as the wrecked boat was never found. No one recorded how he came to be trouserless.

Flinders Island

Probably Chappell Island in the distance where the boat broke loose

But back to our Earth Day.
Graeme had been saying there was a great circuit walk at Trousers Point that was shortish, scenic, easy and rewarding.

Wow, he knows how to undersell a knock-out.

The walk is fabulous. It’s along a well-defined track that is only about 4 kilometres long (never mind that the sign says 1.9). The beginning of the track took us through well-weathered casuarina woodland, but soon enough we were walking along the southwest coast of the island. Here the scrub is low to the ground and clinging to the granite outcrops. The views are spectacular and varied. I’ll let the photos do the talking..

Once we left the shore, we took a small detour to visit Fotheringate Beach. Then we walked back to the carpark along the road.

Fotheringate Beach, Flinders Island

Looking down on Fotheringate Beach

I read that there is a coastal way to return, but we didn’t find it and weren’t keen to get lost. The bush around the point is bushy enough that getting lost is definitely possible.

The Trousers Point Walk (rated Grade 2) is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. By the way, our first visit to Trousers Point was on a sunny day, but the walk was on a cloudy day, so those pics are a bit grey. 

Grey or not, it was a wonderful way to spend Earth Day. Archie and Mickie thought their run on the beach and the rocks was pretty great too. How did you spend Earth Day?

Dog on Allport Beach, Flinders Island

Mickie with the wind in her fur

Dog in water at Allport Beach, Flinders Island

Archie checks out the water at Allport Beach

Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks
Tasmania is famous for its long bushwalks, but not everyone has the time or experience to get into the wilds overnight.

That’s all fixed with the 60 Great Short Walks app, which shows how to get a taste of Tasmania’s wild places, and be back in time for tea (Aussie slang for dinner)! It features great day walks from all around the state. They range from just a few minutes to a whole day out; and from flat and easy, to steep and hard.

The 60 Great Short Walks app is available free from the iTunes Store. It features:
* more than 200 photographs, sourced from experienced walkers
* more than 100 brief, first-hand stories from walkers
* simple maps and other essential details for each walk
* space to add notes, and to share your experience via social media
* essential safety tips
* tips on caring for the environment as you walk.

P.S. Another comment about the name Trousers Point. Some years back, Australia decided to drop all the apostrophes in place names. While this particular place doesn’t necessarily require an apostrophe, it drives me crazy that Spencer’s Bay is Spencers Bay and Bateman’s Bay is Batemans Bay. Good grief. Wouldn’t it be better to teach people to use apostrophes correctly? And now I’ll step off my soapbox—for today.

But here’s an article that explains some of the arguments.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/apostrophes-are-a-growing-concern-in-grouchy-grammarians-gardens/news-story/d959b44574de64a17196df3fe22702ba

Trousers Point Walk, Flinders Island

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  1. The Whitechapel Whelk / Apr 23 2017 6:21 pm

    I’m the first commenter, so NER NER NER NER NERRRRR. Now, everybody that makes a subsequent comment has to read mine first! I SHOOK UP DA WORDPRESS WOOOOOOOOOORLD!!!!! *wheeze*

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  2. Ilze / Apr 23 2017 6:27 pm

    Nice way to spend the Earth day! And I didn’t know about apostrophes! Funny!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 9:40 pm

      I think the absence of apostrophes is annoying. 🙂

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      • Ilze / Apr 23 2017 9:43 pm

        For me not so much cause in Latvian we don’t use apostrophes we end with -s or -a for example: Ilzes (Ilze), Jāņa (Jānis).. etc

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  3. beetleypete / Apr 23 2017 7:45 pm

    It does look like a magical place, even in dull weather. It has left me wondering what ‘mutton bird oil’ is though. So I looked it up. It is harvested by squeezing young Mutton Bird chicks! Here is what I found online.
    “Mutton birding in Australia is unique to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Aborigines own the islands in Bass Strait where each year the mutton bird hatches its young. The adult bird feeds on krill and regurgitates its feed into the mouths
    of the young chicks. In a few week period in April the chicks are harvested and the oil extracted from the gut by squeezing. The product is allowed to settle before the gurry is removed from the oil. The oil is then strained several times until the final product is pure oil. There are no additives. Oil is available in containers ranging from 1 to 200 litres.
    The cost is $50 per litre. Postage is currently $15.50 for 1-3 litres, more for 4-5 litres.”

    Sounds pretty nasty, at least to me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 9:19 pm

      Sounds pretty nasty to me too, Pete. Glad we are on the same page on this.

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  4. weggieboy / Apr 23 2017 7:46 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful day you had, and I’m glad I stopped by to enjoy your photos and account of it, Peggy! We live in a beautiful world still, but must remember to not spoil our nest any further.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 9:23 pm

      You are so right, we need to take care of our places—wherever they are.

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  5. Colors of my life / Apr 23 2017 9:01 pm

    I was about to ask the question, you had strange names to the places.

    Glad you put up the description.

    It’s a place to do night camping and bbq

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  6. Miriam / Apr 23 2017 9:03 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous post about such a beautiful part of Australia. Lovely images.

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  7. The Year I Touched My Toes / Apr 23 2017 9:32 pm

    It looks lovely, Peggy. The photos are great and I like the history lesson thrown in, Glad your dongle is working for you to keep up with a post while you there. Trust you to pick up two dogs. Do they belong to Graeme? The beach views are lovely but I just love all the shape, colour and texture in the rocks and smaller views too. Thanks for the mention of the App. Sam and I really need to get over to Tassie and explore a bit. Hi to Poor John. Louise

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 9:38 pm

      This is our first time to a place in Tassie. But I think islanders like to think they are not part of Tassie or Australia. Not to worry. We are having a great time and have been warmly welcomed every where. Graeme is housesitting for his niece and looking after her dogs.

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  8. Brenda / Apr 23 2017 10:01 pm

    A perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. WHY did Australia decide to drop place name apostrophes? What a bizarre (and irritating) thing to do. The sign painter and map maker lobbies must have been behind it!

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  9. Chris & Paul Riley / Apr 23 2017 10:18 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I haven’t been to Flinders. The colours in the rocks are similar to other coastal areas in Tassie, particular gorgeous up in the Bay of Fires. Sounds like you had a good day

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 7:47 am

      Thanks for that tip. Now I need to visit the Bay of Fires.

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  10. spearfruit / Apr 23 2017 11:54 pm

    A perfect day for Earth Day – thank you Peggy for sharing. Great post. 🙂

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  11. Sadaf Siddiqi / Apr 24 2017 12:06 am

    A great tribute to Earth on Earth Day. 🙂

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  12. vagabondurges / Apr 24 2017 1:13 am

    Universal abolition of apostrophes! That’s sheer madness. I wonder if somewhere there’s a Women’s Island that’s now just terribly perplexing. And that hike looks gorgeous, legends of a trouserless lad only improving it all.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 7:59 am

      The lad might have preferred to have it called Richard’s Point. If you’re interested, at the end of the post I added a link to an article that discusses the loss of the apostrophes.

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  13. forwardtogloryquartet / Apr 24 2017 3:10 am

    Stunning. Another world – perhaps another planet. Like many places on this one, you’d never know any crisis existed. Proof that IT IS ALL WORTH SAVING! Good show!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 8:22 am

      So glad you like it. We might have to do it again before we go.

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  14. Christy B / Apr 24 2017 3:17 am

    A spectacular Earth Day you had 🙂 Nature deserves the spotlight and here’s to saying “thank you” again and again to Mother Nature xx

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 8:22 am

      Nature is in the spotlight all over Flinders Island. More pictures to come.

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  15. forwardtogloryquartet / Apr 24 2017 3:23 am

    Totally agree about the Apostrophe’s Diminishment (could be a whole academic discipline!). It’s all part of the universal Dumbing Down, though the real reason is probably even more insipid: apostrophes aren’t welcome in the GPS/digital world. Plus, the media like to reduce things to lower and lower denominators. Such as, two I’ve actually heard: Beijing as ‘a city in China’, and Australia as a ‘large island’. But of course, I’m a curmudgeon: Mumbai will always be Bombay, and I do not acknowledge the ‘official/new’ spelling of Calcutta. And of course, Burma. This is scarcely ‘colonial’ thinking. I’d love it if New York were renamed Manhattan. And until Florence is universally referred to as Firenze, I shall rest easy with my choices. The view from the soapbox is pretty grand, eh? HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 8:24 am

      Don’t know what I’d do without my soapbox! I don’t change the world, but it makes me feel better.

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  16. gerard oosterman / Apr 24 2017 8:37 am

    The trouser-less lad never had trousers. He wore a kilt!

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  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Apr 24 2017 10:43 am

    What a great trip you had, Peggy. The photos show a place that is gorgeous just as it is – very few man-made knick knacks to muck it up. I love all the textures and colors and the evidence of wind.

    But please don’t get me started on punctuation – oy!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 11:13 am

      There was a brief segment on TV recently about a fellow in Bristol who goes around town adding and deleting apostrophes on business signs. Hilarious and valiant. Maybe you can find it on YouTube.

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  18. sriramjanak / Apr 24 2017 11:57 am

    beautiful…happy earth day my friend…(every day is earth day )…:-)

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  19. Scott Levine / Apr 24 2017 10:34 pm

    Wow, as if I didn’t already want to visit Australia enough…

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  20. Cheryl Wright / Apr 25 2017 12:00 am

    What beautiful scenery! It’s sad to think that some people don’t respect the Earth and take it for granted.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 25 2017 9:28 am

      Yes, very sad that so many take this wonderful planet for granted.

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  21. IreneDesign2011 / Apr 25 2017 2:29 pm

    Wow for an amazing place to spent the Earth Day, Peggy 🙂
    Really beautiful surroundings.

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  22. Roberta Pimentel / Apr 25 2017 9:02 pm

    Sound like an awesome Earth Day. Amazing pic by the way 🙂

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  23. macalder02 / Apr 26 2017 2:00 am

    The holiday could not have been better. You do it in a very original way that makes it fun to read. And of course, nothing like enjoying the goodness of your photos. So caresses you receive the eyes.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 26 2017 7:24 am

      Thanks so much. We are having a great time. I’m so glad you like the photos.

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  24. Phil Huston / Apr 26 2017 4:39 am

    wow, like a whole bunch of post cards in one place. Blue water, craggy rocks, scrubby brush and lush foliage. Trousers “point” I will leave alone for the obvious reasons.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 26 2017 7:22 am

      I like that description—postcards! And I get your ‘point’ about the obvious reasons. 🙂

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  25. Nancy / Apr 26 2017 6:40 am

    Firstly, I love your dogs’ names! Reminds me of Mickey Mouse and Archie comics I read as a child. The story of the trouserless young man who was never found is a mystery that leaves one hungry to solve it.

    The photos are stunning. Who doesn’t love crystalline waters? What a wonderful journey for me to take with you!

    I agree with Phil’s assessment of the postcard-worthy remarkable photography. 🌻💚

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 26 2017 7:19 am

      Thanks so much. The boy was found, but the ship never was. I guess his trousers weren’t either.

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  26. Curt Mekemson / Apr 26 2017 8:31 am

    Absolutely the way to celebrate Earth Day, Peggy! My Peggy and I also went for a walk up the mountain that backs up to our property. Thanks for taking me along. Someday I will make it to Tasmania. –Curt

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  27. Coral Waight / Apr 26 2017 9:30 am

    Lovely Tassie. By the way, are they your dogs? How did you get them there? I thought you stayed in Melbourne on the way over.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 26 2017 7:15 pm

      Tassie is gorgeous. Both dogs belong to the people where we are staying, but it is possible to fly dogs to and from the island. Two dogs flew over with us and I know one went for $99, so not outrageous.

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  28. robertcday / Apr 26 2017 9:16 pm

    Love the ‘escape by a trouserless lad from the wreck of the Sarah Ann Blanche’ part of this, and I share your horror of an apostropheless world, Peggy. 🙂 Nice photos too.
    Kindness – Robert.

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  29. flavours2017 / Apr 28 2017 9:25 pm

    This is called heaven on earth — loved your details — for a moment I was there –😊

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  30. Lynz Real Cooking / May 2 2017 7:51 am

    Gorgeous photos

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  31. Catnip Blog / May 5 2017 6:46 am

    Am so far behind in my blog explorations that I just read this in time for Earth Day 2018!
    What wonderful terrain to explore. Thanks Leggy P.

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2017 2:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It was the perfect place for Earth Day in any year. No worries about being behind. We’re now travelling in Europe for two months, and I’m sure I’ll get hugely behind.

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  32. milliethom / May 8 2017 1:12 am

    A fabulous place to spend Earth Day, Peggy, and very appropriately named, given the story you told about the young lad. The walk seems to cover so many things of interest and I know I’d be in my element there. I’m in your camp regarding the use of apostrophes. It would irritate me no end to see places like Spencer’s Bay and Bateman’s Bay without apostrophes – but I suppose I’d get used to it.

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    • leggypeggy / May 8 2017 4:02 am

      It was the perfect place for Earth Day. As for the apostrophes, I’ve recently read a couple of legitimate arguments that no one really owns a body of water or a landmass, so the possessive is not required. That thought helps to soothe my irritation a little.

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  33. jeanleesworld / May 8 2017 8:36 pm

    Oh these are AWESOME. This makes me think of the classic TREASURE ISLAND: sandy shores, mysteries woods, distant mountains. Love it! So glad I can finally catch up with your adventures. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / May 9 2017 1:59 am

      Great to have you here, Jean. Hope life hasn’t been too hectic for you.

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      • jeanleesworld / May 9 2017 4:25 am

        It’s been a mix of end-of-term grading and mothering and preparing for birthday parties and a wedding. So…um…yeah, it’s been a bit hectic. 🙂
        And Biff is STILL refusing to poop in the potty, so of course he tends to “surprise” us when we’re out running errands or attempting a park. Blech!

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      • leggypeggy / May 9 2017 6:03 am

        Nothing like an unwelcome surprise to add to all the other mayhem. You have my sympathy.

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