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Published: January 13th 2009
We set up camp in the National Park camp ground and Annelies and Thomas headed down to the lake for a dip. It was very cold but Thomas managed to get completely wet. In the evening, we went for a free Discovery Ranger walk to Platypus Bay, which was very informative. We were lucky enough to spot several platypuses swimming not too far from the shore's edge. We learnt that baby Platypus and Echidna are both called Puggles and that male Platypuses have venomous spurs on their hind limbs.
The next day (Saturday) we set off on the 12.5km Shadow Lake circuit walk. We saw an Echidna along the way before having lunch at the lake. Thomas and Mark decided to take the longer and steeper circuit walk to Mount Rufus (18km in total), while Annelies and Alex completed the Shadow Lake circuit. Lake St Clair is 167m deep and 737m above sea level, Shadow Lake is 954m above sea level, while Mount Rufus is 1416m above sea level. Alex had a couple of frights along the way. The first was when Mark noticed a leech on her boot, and the second was when she was walking along the track
and came a pace away from a 1m long Tiger Snake crossing the path in front of her.
From Annelies' journal: “Mum and I saw a TIGER SNAKE. Mum nearly stepped on it!! My least fave animals are snakes. Mum's are leeches. She goes Psycho, you should have seen her when a leech was on her boot!”
The next day we headed out towards Cradle Mountain via Queenstown, but shortly after leaving, we had to turn back as the road was blocked for 3-4 hours due to a logging truck roll-over. We decided to head north via the Great Lakes and then through Deloraine and Mole Creek.
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