We have recently returned from another wonderful trip and yes this time I took our camera.
This is Mount Roland on the drive to Cradle Mountain.
It is about 5 hours drive from our place. We stayed in a very well appointed self contained and environmental ish house in Moina called Casa Verde. Below are part of the gardens at Casa Verde.
I took two frozen prepared meals from home, just required some pasta to be cooked and heated. I had grated cheese, and bought fresh bread. So easy, we had space, quietness, cosy warm fire no TV no Radio. We did watch a DVD or two, after our lovely days out. Mostly we read, and chatted.
We had one meal there which was very tasty and relatively well priced for being in a remote and tourist region in the high season. Moina is about 20mins drive from The Cradle Mountain National Park. Having a place to ourselves was want we needed and so the drive was not difficult, though in winter I would stay at Cradle Mountain.
This is a replica of the first house built in the Cradle Mountain area, the original was burnt. A chap called Waltheim walked in loved the area and built a house. He married and they lived up in this incrediblely remote wilderness. He opened his home up to mountain climbers and they had many visitors.
This is my photo of the first day we went to the Mountain and National Park. The view is over Dove Lake and the Boat house in the foreground.
I was lucky to get photos with no one else in the photo. It is a very popular tourist destination. In saying that it is fairly easy to get away from people. Just go for a walk be it an hour or two or for several days. This National Park is pretty amazing..ahh but aren't they all! Something positive we humans have done is to tie up these amazing places.
The following day well totally different story! Rain, cold and windy. It was too cold for us to move from the car park. As you can compare from the photograph above. Day 1: 25C degrees wonderful Day 2 13C degrees brrrr.
We did a 500metre walk in a the National Park, it was a gentle walk and very pretty.. with waterfalls and lots of bird life. There had been strong winds over recent times and quite a few big old trees had fallen. It has also been very dry up in the Cradle Mountain National Park over the last few years, so tree roots are loose. When you have winds of 150km/hr+ coming through regularly, I tend to wonder that any big trees survive at all up here.
The trees may fall and change this walk, which we have done several times in the past. It does not change the feel of this walk. I love nature as even if you have seent the same thing everyday it is always slightly different.
My darling man loves mountains, any mountains. He has climbed Cradle Mountain, many other mountains and walks in Tasmania, Malaysia, UK, Switzerland and he has climbed Kilamanjaro. His spirit was revitalised and he felt a sense of wholeness. I dont know why we have not been up earlier before he became sick. Dont put off any thing that gives you peace, joy or are passionate about.
There were some bonuses however to being in the National Park on the cooler day. We saw another Echidna. This one was so not interested in us, just mosseying along doing his/her thing.
I have never seen an Echidna's foot before lol he/she was having a scratch.
They can move pretty darn quick and I was in the car driving (well I had stopped) and trying to take photos. If I had jumped out I think I would have missed this little guy completely.
Cradle Mountain is the beginning of one of the great walks in the world. The Overland Track. 5-7day work in some really amazing land. I have never done it, but several friends have had amazing treks. This photo shows the beginning of this walk from Cradle
to Lake St Claire. It has become so popular that our state government now make you book your walk so not too many people are out there at once. It was getting too busy in summer. It is a shame in my mind how we love our natural areas so much we are so at risk of spoiling them.
It is also here that you can see many wombats in the early evening coming out from their burrows to eat. I had forgotten that Wombats have pouches that the baby when small is in a pouch. I think the one below is to big to be in a pouch now.
In the National Park I saw several wombats. I was blown away by just how ignorant and silly some folk are. Here is this amazing animal, with her baby, eating and being natural. These people see them, begin to race towards them yelling at each other,...come on come on...racing over the alpine grasses, some of which if damaged can take 30years to regenerate.
Taking photos, and scarring the wombats so that mother and baby ran away. Weird that!
I and a couple of others waited patiently and relatively quietly and the mother and baby came quite close about 10 m from us, not frightened and just ate the grass.
As I was walking back along the duck boards, I spotted this not so little guy. He was right at the edge of the boards. I could have reached down and patted him. I must have watched his antics for 20 minutes. He scratched, nibbled grass, dug roots. Stretched and scratched again. Wombats have poor vision but good smell (at least that was what I was taught) so he knew I was there. He looks as if he is loosing his summer fur and growing in his winter fur..he will need it up here.