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Published: June 22nd 2017
Dove Lake carpark
An early start. We decided not to do the standard 2 hour circuit of the lake. Instead we misread the sign (one way timings, not round trip) and figured we'd climb to Marions Lookout.
Geo: -41.6504, 145.957
A pre-breakfast walk to Marion's Lookout above Dove and Crater Lakes turned into a bigger expedition than we thought. It was 90 minutes each way, not for the round trip and the walk included lots of steps and a short section where a chain handrail was needed to pull yourself up. Still, we had memorable views of Lille Lake, Wombat Pool and Crater Lake before making it to the lookout and overseeing them all. The weather changed when we were at the lookout and in a few minutes the fog and clouds eliminated the views.
Happily, my knees did not cause me trouble - either on the hike or at golf where motorised carts were not available. I'd spent the last few weeks going to physio twice a week and it obviously helped.
We were not greatly impressed by our stay at Pepper's Cradle Mtn Lodge. We had a look at the half-priced competition, Cradle Mtn Hotel and it looked fine too. We had a good dinner at the hotel on the second night and decided that the hotel provided better value for money. If we return, we'll stay at the hotel.
Tot: 3.482s; Tpl: 0.047s; cc: 12; qc: 51; dbt: 0.0449s; 3; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb