Blogs from Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia, Oceania

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After our long day's hike yesterday, we decided to take it a bit easier today. Also the weather was pretty bad, so we didn't want to do too much in the rain. We slept til a little later and then made ourselves some breakfast burritos to set us up for the day. I hadn't had a breakfast burrito in ages. We used to eat them quite often on hiking trips in Korea, so it was good to reminisce. We headed to the visitor centre and took the shuttle bus to the Interpretation centre. From there, we walked to Knyvet Falls. The waterfall was really pretty. In fact, the whole area is just stunning. It's just so green and because of the rain, it looked very lush. We had decided to to the Dove Canyon circuit. The ... read more
Cradle Mountain National Park
Cradle Mountain National Park
Kynvet Falls


Saturday morning arrived and it was time to go home. Looking out onto the balcony there was a blaze of green where it used to be white with snow, the only snow left seemedto be the big chunk that was on our balcony and roughly the same size as it was when we arrived. We have come full circle this week with the weather and got exactly what we wanted. As I had packed mostly the night before, all we had to do this morning was put the final bits and pieces in the cases, it was a tight squeeze, but somehow we managed, not that we had that much more to take home with us than when we came, packing for winter holidays takes up so much more room than summer holidays. One last check ... read more
Wombat at Ronnie Creek
Juvenile Tasmanian Devils
Cute Tassie Devil!


We woke early, as today was our last day full day in beautiful cradle mountain, it was raining and the weather report said it was going to rain all day, but we were not deterred, not when there are Wombats to see. We drove down to the main lodge as we wanted out breakfast, and sat in a window seat and watched the weather roll in. The open fire was crackling away, and as we looked out we commented that there seemed to be a lack of wildlife, no pademelons, no Wombats, so when it snows they come out to forage, but when it rains they seem to stay inside. I have been reading a book called the “Secret life of Wombats” written about a 15 year old school boy who went to a privileged school ... read more
A Small Piece of Austria
A Small Piece of Austria
A Small Piece of Austria


Freezing the balls off a Brass Monkey At Last, today was the first day the snow and ice had sufficiently receded to allow us in to the National Park park, we We were up at our usual lazy time and got down to breakfast at about 9.00 we both had a hearty breakfast, it's buffet style and excellently done, they have a very good coffee machine which makes it nice and easy and good coffee. After breakfast we formulate a plan, we head back to towards the car, we are already prepared to go straight out and we had decided to try to get to Dove lake today if the Parks people had opened the road, on the way we find a wombat near the fire hydrant, it is just having a waddle about and also ... read more
Freezing the Balls of a Brass Monkey
Freezing the Balls of a Brass Monkey
Freezing the Balls of a Brass Monkey


Morning All, The last blog had a title called” Freezing the Balls off a Brass monkey”, which was rudely interrupted when we I had to go to bed as we were just so tired and the blog was sort of cut short because of this. The Blog Title was not intended to be rude, but describe how cold it was in Tasmania, ah Beautiful Tasmania, I type this addition or completion to our blog original blog at 06.00 on Saturday 29th August, Caroline is sleeping in bed and I am just about to get ready for a 07.30 HF radio broadcast (Sked) Back to why we are here, I said that I would explain where this Colloquialism of “Freezing the Balls off a Brass Monkey” came from, I had something in the back of my mind, ... read more


I checked my watch it was 3am on the nose, despite having set my alarm for 5am subconsciously I did not want to oversleep this morning as we were meeting Mark down at the Lodge to head up to Dove Lake for the Sunrise. The weather conditions were meant to be a perfect high this morning, apparently they only get this specific weather pattern every couple of years, but this year it should be the second time. Eventually my alarm went off, I set it to snooze, then 15 minutes later Andy got out of bed to put the kettle on. I stayed in bed a while longer before getting ready. I had prepared everything last night, including my clothes so I did not have to think. Except we couldn't find the car keys and must ... read more
This is Living !
This is Living !
This is Living !


I think Andy wants to call this blog "you get less for Murder" It still looks like we are going nowhere today, the snow is still pretty thick on the ground, the roads don't seem to get cleared it all happens naturally. It is still amazingly pretty from our cabin window, a huge slab of snow is overhanging the roof onto the balcony, the icicles are dangerously posed to kill with one wrong move. No early start to today, we just eased into the morning, I made a cup of tea, apparently the one day in the year that I should make the morning tea, perhaps I should mention now that today's date is the very reason that we are here on Cradle Mountain, 25 years ago today, Andy and I got married in Romsey Abbey, ... read more
Getting Less for Murder
Getting Less for Murder
Getting Less for Murder


Wombat-cam 16th August 2015 Last night we had had a great evening meal and we had both slept very well, we were excited to be in in Tasmania and this morning our plan was to drive up to Cradle Mountain. The last time we were in Tassie was about six and a half years ago and it was great to be back on this special trip for us. The whole idea was to do some walking, catch up on the wildlife may be a Tasmanian Devil or a Wombat here and there. One of the Davis family members (Jenni) had booked this trip for us and Caroline had promised me wombats I knew this was an easy promise, bur Wombats in the snow was a completely different ball of wax and not one that Carolin could ... read more
Wombat-Cam
Wombat-Cam
Wombat-Cam


It's been a while - a very long while! - since I posted any photographs of our "new" home. I say "new", in quotation marks, because in a few short weeks we'll be celebrating the second anniversary of our arrival here, a day we've officially baptised "Tasmania Day". Boy, has time flown. The speed with which we've settled down here has, I think, taken both of us by surprise. We both found work in our chosen fields within weeks, and permanent full-time jobs within months. Somewhat more challenging was finding a roof to put over our heads. Or at least, the right roof. For two rather fussy people like ourselves, I suppose this shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise. And then in September last year, the stars and planets aligned for us and ... read more
View from Mount Ossa
Mount Ossa
View southwards from the climb up Mount Ossa


We have talked about our dear navigator Tom Tom previously, but on this leg of our journey he did a superb job of taking us towards Mole Creek. He chose unusual and interesting roads, but unbeknown to our little friend, we followed a heard of cattle for quite some distance before they were mustered to the side of the road to let a small queue of other Tommy navigators past. Once through, all was well and we made good progress once more. That was until we arrived at Chudleigh. You have probably never heard of this town other than its namesake in England. This town does contain an interesting surprise - The Silk Fudge Shop. Now the fudge isn't made of silk, and the silk items sold are not fudge coated either. This is a thriving ... read more
Fudge Fudge Fudge
Chubby little devils 1
Chudleigh General Store




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