Day 9: Literally A Hot Water Beach [14/10/16]

Cathedral Cove was the first stop off we made on our way to Hot Water Beach - it was absolutely stunning, and would have been better had ...


Cathedral Cove was the first stop off we made on our way to Hot Water Beach - it was absolutely stunning, and would have been better had it not been raining the entire time we were there. I take all my photos on my phone camera, which isn’t too great to start off with, but with the rain and the mist it made the photos even worse - I guess a lot of editing is needed to bring out the colours and make it visible. However, maybe that just adds to the atmosphere of the photos….I think I’m trying to convince myself this!

There’s pretty much nothing in Hot Water Beach other than the hot water beach, go figure! They told us this on the trip, but good old wikipedia is coming in handy here; its name comes from underground hot springs which filter up through the sand between high and low water tidal reaches. At these times, or 2 hours either side, if you dig around in certain places, hot water will come up as hot as around 60 degrees celsius. When you think hot tap water maximum temperature is around 50 degrees, and that’s tough to touch, then what about these?!

We missed the afternoon tide, so our group had to wait around until 10:30PM in the absolutely freezing cold in order to experience these hot pools. Let’s put it this way, I was less than excited to wait around in this weather. I took my duvet to where everyone was sitting outside and just sat all cosy whilst everyone had a drink or two. Half of me didn’t even want to bother seeing it but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t, I just knew that I wasn’t going to go down to my bikini in the cold and sit in these pools. I was thinking more of the walk back than sitting in the hot water.

Time eventually came, and when we got to the hot water beach it was SO worth it, oh my gosh! It’s actually incredible, and mixed with a little bit of cold water was just perfect to stand in, which I was happy with. I’m so glad that I went down to experience it, but I’m even gladder (is that a word) that I didn’t strip down to sit in them. That would not have worked, haha!

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