the Tasmanian wilderness

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Scenery in the National Park Scenery in the National Park

Back on the coach we were headed for the Lake St. Clair National Park and Cradle Mountain which are part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.  Lake St Clair is in the Central Highlands area.  The lake has an area of approximately 45 sq. km², and a maximum depth of 200 metres.  It is Australia's deepest lake.

 We drove along extremely winding roads.  Our large coach could only go part of the way into the park and we had to swap to a smaller bus for the balance of the journey.  We swapped buses in a very large car park which once used to be a runway.

 

Waldheim Chalet

First stop for us was Waldheim Chalet. This little timber home was built in 1976 as a replica of the home built by Gustav and Kate Weindorfer back in 1912. Sadly the original home became structurally unsound so it had to be demolished. The replica home gives us an insight into the early history of the people and the area.  The tour guide told us some amazing facts and we all wondered how on earth anyone survived in such bleak conditions 100 years ago.  The home was so isolated.  It would have been so difficult to bring in supplies. Just as difficult to keep warm I would have thought too.

 

Car park near Waldheim Chalet
Scenery at car park near the Waldheim Chalet
A replica has been built of Waldheim Chalet The replica Waldheim Chalet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Wiki page has a lot of interesting information about Waldheim Chalet and the Weindorfers

 

 

Cool water at Dove Lake Clear water at the edge of Dove Lake

Seeing Cradle Mountain

From there we hopped back onto the bus and went to a beautiful lake-side spot, called Dove Lake, where we climbed out and could see the famous Cradle Mountain. 

The day was clear which is apparently unusual so we had a magnificent view. We put out hands into the water but it wasn’t as cold as we had expected.

This is pristine-ness at its best.  No wonder this area is considered a World Heritage area.



The famous Cradle Mountain Cradle Mountain
Flowers at the edge of Dove Lake Flowers next to the lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterfall Waterfall

 

The day was clear, as can be seen by the photos, but it was, nonetheless quite cold.

From there we went on to see a waterfall.  Apparently it is something 99.9% of folk don’t get chance to see.  I never did find out why we were so lucky to see it. Why don't other folk see it, I wondered.

It was quite nice to view but a bit difficult to get in close to take photographs as the viewing area was fairly small. We saw an echidna as we wandered back to the bus.

 

 

 

Next page: Cradle Mountain Chateau

 

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At last we see a wombat

Wombat