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    • Day693

      Cradle Mountain National Park

      February 25, 2021 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

      One of the highlights of Tasmania is the Cradle Mountain National Park. Unfortunately we arrived on a rainy and very cold day. We couldn't even see Cradle Mountain at all for the whole day, but at least we found our first wild wombats! At home we had a nice fireplace where we were able to defrost while Fabio cooked a brilliant Bolognese. So good to travel with Italians!
      Now we hope for better weather tomorrow, so that we can spot even more wildlife.

      Ein Highlight jeder Tasmanien Reise ist der Cradle Mountain Nationalpark. Leider haben wir uns für diesen Nationalpark sehr nasses und kaltes Wetter ausgesucht. Die meisten Wanderungen fielen damit heute ins Wasser und auch Cradle Mountain konnten wir in den Wolken nicht erkennen. Dennoch haben wir unzählige Wombats, ein paar Kängurus und einen Enchidna entdeckt. Zuhause konnten wir uns dann vor dem Kamin aufheizen während uns Fabio eine super leckere italienische Bolognese gekocht hat. Wirklich gut mit Italienern zu reisen ;)
      Jetzt hoffen wir auf besseres Wetter für morgen damit wir den Nationalpark so richtig genießen können.
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    • Day98

      Tassie Tour: Day 7

      March 24, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Cradle Mountain to Tullah - 51km

      Today was all about Cradle Mountain, the biggest National Park in Tasmania, with the 6th largest mountain of Tassie, at 1545m above sea level. As we were staying at the base of the mountain we were quite high up and the morning broke very cold at a chilly 7° so we had a quick breakfast and coffee by the fire to warm us up ready for a day of hiking.

      Unfortunately the weather was against us, very cloudy and rainy all day so we didn't get to see the mountain range in all its glory, the clouds broke slightly as we made it round the bend of Dove lake but we didn't actually get to see the summit. We still enjoyed our walk very much, it was quite busy compared to any national parks we've done recently and even with the bad weather everyone we met on the tracks had a big smile!

      The National Park is very well organised and maintained, with shuttle buses running between the main trail heads and back to the visitors center. Despite the atrocious weather we managed a respectable 14km before heading back to the car to drive off to Tullah Lake lodge where we're spending the night.

      The lodge restaurant had amazing views over the lake and was extremely busy, although I'm not sure those two facts are related. The clientele seemed to be mainly local workers and we quickly found the reason for their numbers, 'Parmy Night! Our luck had apparently changed as we arrived to experience an Australia institution, Chicken Parmigiana (Parmy) with a schooner (a medium sized beer, probably around 330ml but no one seems to know) all for au$18, around £10/€12. If any Italians ever see this we are truly sorry on behalf of Australia Parmy night, we got a Satay Parmy and a Traditional, we devoured the lot, although to be fair that could be because we were ravenous from our walk. All in all a good Australian evening.
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      Traveler

      blimey you got the shite weather and we got the sunshine lol

      3/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      haha yes! We're going into winter here! Luckily it didn't last long ☺️

      3/27/22Reply
      Traveler

      No picture of the parmy?😥

      3/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Nope but I'm sure we'll have another one 😉

      3/27/22Reply
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    • Day7

      Overland Track 1/6

      January 19 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Off we went… After an early morning start, a bumpy bus ride and coffee on the way, it was time to say goodbye to civilization. Our little group of 7 courageous hikers and 2 guides started our Overland Track from Ronny’s Creek to Waterfall Valley.
      The weather was probably the worst that day - but still not bad, just a bit windy and chilled. All of us had to get used to that bulky heavy thing on our backs - challenged right away with the steepest section of the trail…
      But… we survived and got rewarded with some pretty amazing views. Two little huts on the way - incl one that looked more like an old diver’s helmet where we learned that the best way to get a hut set up and potentially named after you is to die of hypothermia… if you ‘just’ fall - no hut, I’m afraid… (yup… bit of a weird humor here… but it should become a theme over the next days… luckily, there won’t be a new hut named after any of us anytime soon).
      Finally we reached the destination of this day, set up tent (far away from the toilets - which meant a long way to go for me twice (!) during the night) and said goodnight to our little wallaby neighbors…
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    • Day2

      Wombling Wombats

      January 2, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Rather than using the shuttle bus we decided to drive in after 6pm, hoping we would see more wildlife out and about. Our first walk was the Rainforest Walk, super short walk and wheelchair friendly. Then crossed the street for the Enchanted Walk. On our way back to the car we stumbled across our first wombat😀 he was so chilled he actually jumped the fence and started heading towards me. 😳

      Accommodation: Discovery Parks dorm room.
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    • Day3

      Pampering @ Peppers

      January 3, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Well worth booking the private spa at Waldheims Spa. I would recommend an evening session though and get the cheese platter with a wee dram of whiskey. We were there in the morning before we left Cradle Mountain.Read more

    • Day60

      Lake Gairdner - Cradle Mountain

      December 1, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      An easy drive from our camp to the Cradle Mtn Visitor Centre where we caught the shuttle bus up to Dove Lake. A lot of construction work going on at Dove Lake where they are building a massive new Viewing and Interpretation Centre where the old Dove Lake carpark was. Very different now to how it was 15 years ago. The weather turned it on for us as we took the 6km Dove Lake circuit track. It even got warm! A beautiful day.Read more

    • Day31

      Hobart to Cradle Mountain

      March 2, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Today is Dave's Birthday. We checked out and went and had some breakfast at a nice bakery, picked because of the quality of the cakes. We chose three cakes and did our best to hide them away in the fridge in the car without Dave knowing. Did a bit of shopping as we were not sure what would be available at Cradle Mountain. We took a tourist route which took us past a couple of huge lakes / reservoirs used to feed the areas Hydro Electric plant. We stopped at Delaraine for lunch, a small town where everyone seemed to know everyone else. We had lunch in the Deli which was very good. We carried on to Cradle Mountain with the temperature dropping the closer we got. By the time we arrived it had dropped to 7 degrees the same temperature as Haverfordwest!!
      Cradle Mountain Wilderness Retreat is a development of small alpine chalets set in a huge National Park. There is a main reception with a bar and restaurant, so not quite the wilderness but very peaceful nonetheless. We stayed in and had sausage and beans on toast and played some cards. Steady night as big walk planned for tomorrow.
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    • Day7

      Dove Lake Boatshed

      December 19, 2021 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

      I missed seeing this gorgeous boatshed last time I was at Cradle Mountain (December 31st 2020) and I wasn't going to miss it again!!

      Built in 1940 by the first Cradle Mountain Ranger, Lionel Connell, the wooden shed sits on a pebble beach while the clear and fresh water of the lake gently laps on the shore. It's perfect 💜💜💜💜Read more

    • Day53

      Cradle Mountain National Park

      January 19, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Wir verbringen den Tag im Cradle Mountain St. Claire National Park. Die Nacht war kalt, der Tag im Nationalpark auf 1500m ü. N. N. dafür unerwartet warm.
      Die erste Wanderung führt uns um den Dove Lake. Der Rundwanderweg führt durch einen Mix aus verschieden Landschaftsbildern. Schroffes Buttongrass, das man meist in Feuchtgebieten findet, windet sich entlang des Weges und mündet in kleinen sandigen Buchten. Wasserfälle säumen hier und da den Weg und dichter moosbewachsener Regenwald verzaubert abschnittsweise.

      Wir wechseln den Wanderweg und siehe da, wir sehen unsere ersten wilden Wombat!!! Die runden Kugeln lassen sich wirklich durch wenig aus der Ruhe bringen, immer fokussiert auf den nächsten saftigen Grashalm 😁.

      Das Erreichen des Startpunktes der nächsten Wanderung gestaltet sich ein wenig schwierig, da die im Park verkehrenden Shuttelbusse irgendwie immerwieder ausversehen am Startpunkt des Weges vorbei fahren. Einmal den Startpunkt erreicht hat es für uns den Vorteil, dass auf der kompletten Strecke kein anderer Wanderer zu sehen ist.

      Zum Abschluss marschieren wir noch schnell entlang des Entchanted Walk, der durch die schiefen moosbewachsenen Bäume dem Namen entsprechend ein wenig verzaubert wirkt.

      Wir beenden den Tag mit einem Veggieburgerbarbeque im Park von Sheffield. Die letzte Fahrt des Tages führt uns durch einen schier nicht enden wollenden Weg durch den Wald (mit wild wahnsinnig vielen verrückten Melonen auf beinen - >Pademellons) bis zum Startpunkt für die morgige Wanderung zu den Meander Falls.
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    • Day22

      Ein Tag am Cradle Mountain

      November 17, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Eigentlich wollten wir von der Lodge aus los wandern aber der ausgesuchte Weg war auf Grund des Wetters sehr schlammig. Also ein Blick auf die Karte und schon ist die Entscheidung gefallen. Wir wandern heute erst mal um den Dove Lake am Fuße des Cradle Mountain. Die Wanderung ist als moderat beschrieben und dauert ca. 3 Stunden. Mit dem Bus geht es zum Ausgangsort, der ist für uns kostenlos, wir sind ordentliche Touris und haben schon ein Permit für alle Nationalparks und das ist auch hier die Fahrkarte. Es ist wirklich ein sehr schöner Wanderweg. Nach reichlich 3 Stunden sind wir rum und beschließen den Wombatpool zu besichtigen. Der Weg geht über viele Treppen bergauf und ist ganz schön anstrengend, geschafft. Der kleine See liegt in der Sonne aber kein Wombat zu sehen also Rückweg und über den Lake Lilla Track zurück zur Bushaltestelle. Belohnung gibt es hundert Meter vor der Bushaltestelle auf der Wiese tummeln sich mehrere unserer felligen Freunde.Read more

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