|Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain|
Our first proper destination was Cradle Mountain. Yes, it's a truly gorgeous place - especially when you're blessed with good weather. There were all kinds of exciting moments at Cradle Mountain, but the one I would have written home about (perhaps blogging is the modern writing home?) is this one:
Yes, a wombat! As regular readers will know, I'm a big wombat fan so seeing one ambling around in the wild was quite a thrill. I heard rumours of platypus too, but never got to see one of them ... maybe next time.
Anyway, we stayed in a two bedroom cabin in the main caravan park close to the national park entrance, and it was perfect for a family with a small child - mostly because there were wallabies that came visiting every morning and evening! Yes, my small boy quickly learnt to say "wallaby" and is still looking for them everywhere. It was also great to be in bush surroundings - I find that very calming.
Walking around Dove Lake was something only my husband got to do - it's a pretty easy walk but takes about two hours and neither of us are strong enough to carry our little boy for that long. With slightly older kids, or younger/lighter ones that fit in a backpack carrier, it'd be ideal. We settled for a stroll around the start of the walk then headed off to the Devils at Cradle centre to meet some Tasmanian devils until my husband finished the walk. There are a couple of walks that are possible even with small toddlers - in particular, we liked the suitably-named Enchanted Walk near Cradle Mountain Lodge (close to where we saw the wombat!) - it had just a couple of steps but was otherwise a good boardwalk and a spot we could use our stroller. Oh, and it was gorgeous!
A few days later, we ended up at the bottom of the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park, a place I remembered well from my first visit to Tasmania. The weather was less kind here - a bitter November wind! - but we had a walk around the lake and a great lunch. And perhaps too many photos, if this "no more photos!" shot of my little boy is anything to go by.
|No more photos, Mama!|