Lake St Clair & The Wall In The Wilderness

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Lake St Clair is in the Central Highlands area.  It is part of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.  The lake has an area of approx 45 sq. km², and a maximum depth of 200 metres.  It is Australia's deepest lake.  We had seen some fabulous scenery previously at one location on  the lake.  Now we were miles away at a different location on the lake and we were going into the Information Centre for a brief stop.  It was raining miserably and quite cold so we smartly hopped off the coach and raced inside the lovely warm building.

Lake St Clair in the pouring rain Lake St Clair on a miserable, cold, wet day

There were interesting displays to look at, a gift shop and a café/restaurant.  I bought myself a book about Kate Weindorfer who had been a pioneer in the area back in the early 1900’s.  She is fast becoming a heroine of mine.  She was built of a lot stronger stuff than me.

It would have been great to see the lake from this second spot but the weather was not suitable. Ian raced out in the rain and got a not-so-lovely shot to prove we were there.



The Wall In The Wilderness

Our next stop was the Wall In The Wilderness at Derwent Bridge.  A friend of mine had told me about how fabulous this place was and we were not disappointed.  In fact it was one of the absolute highlights of our Tasmanian tour.  It is a totally mind blowing exhibition of wood carving.  Normally wood carving wouldn’t interest me greatly but this was wood carving on a totally different scale.  Sadly we weren’t allowed to photograph anything in there otherwise I could show you.  Here is the website for the Wall In The Wilderness.  A very clever sculptor by the name of Greg Duncan is carving the history of Tasmania in huge panels of laminated wood.  It is a work in progress and when finished it is expected to be 100 metres long.  Each panel Greg carves is 1 metre wide and three metres high.  He expects the project to take 10 years from start to finish.  The scenes he is carving are larger than life, very detailed and full of depth.  We just stood quietly in awe of this sculptor’s ability.  This is an attraction not to be missed if you are in central Tasmania.

We bought a book about the gallery seeing as we couldn’t take photographs.


Lunch at Derwent Bridge Hotel

The next stop was lunch at the Derwent Bridge Hotel which is a stone’s throw from the Wall In The Wilderness.  Our tour guide told us that this hotel is very proficient in serving coach loads of people fast.  True enough, they were fast.  Ian and I both chose vegetable soup and mixed sandwiches.  The soup was tasty but rather fatty for our taste.  The sandwiches were lovely.  The total cost was $24 for the two of combined.  Because of the location in the wilderness the toilet system at the hotel is rather basic.  There are plenty of clean toilets but it was the flushing of same that easily caused problems.  There were signs in the loos warning people not to put certain items down the toilets.  I don’t know whether someone deposited something alien or not but there ended up being a blockage whilst I was in there and the toilet bowls  were fast filling up with the imaginable.  I raced out and told management and a fellow immediately came along to fix the problem.  I think this might be a common occurrence at the hotel.


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