Saturday, 21 May 2016

Tasmania - Days 5 - 6

Day 5 - Launceston
We woke to blue skies, perfect for wandering around the picturesque Cataract Gorge.

Suspension bridge across the gorge

Cataract Gorge

One of the locals

There are quite a number of peacocks that live in the scrub around the cafe here in the Gorge.  There are signs around "Do not feed the peacocks" but in reality, unless you guard your lunch, they will just help themselves to food straight off the table!

By early afternoon, it was time to leave Cataract Gorge and continue our journey to Cradle Mountain.  Oh, and it started raining again!

Day 6 - Cradle Mountain

Rain!  No surprises there.  After breakfast we wandered over to the gift shop and gallery filling in time and hoping the rain would clear.  Sure enough, it did and we headed off to the national park.

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

As the rain had stopped, we started the 2 - 3 hour walk around Dove Lake.  

Looking back towards the Boat House

Due to quite a bit of rain, the level of the lake had risen and the boardwalk in the photo was almost underwater.  The track just here was quite wet and I managed to put a foot wrong and ended up with a very soggy shoe!

This was a very pretty groundcover which looked like delicate lace.


There were numerous waterfalls cascading from the mountains due to the amount of rain.

 About a third of the way around the lake, the rain started again.  I soon discovered that my spray jacket was NOT waterproof and by the time we got back to the carpark, I was soaked to the skin and rather cold.  However, regardless of the weather, the walk around the lake is well worth it.  We waited for the shuttle bus and hopped out at Ronny Creek so we could have a look at Waldheim Chalet which was quite interesting.  We were so wet by then, a bit more rain wasn't going to make much difference.  We then waited for another shuttle back to the ranger's station, and drove back to the hotel for dry clothes and to warm up.

Come back tomorrow, but be sure to check the weather forecast first!   LOL!!!

Happy Travelling!

3 comments:

  1. Wow! Such a beautiful place!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Michelle

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  2. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing. I hope you dried out quickly! Cara x

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  3. You are as much a photographer as an artist! Thanks for sharing bits of your trip!! Mwah!

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