Tasmania (Day 3) : From Cradle Mountain to Sheffield to Deloraine

Two nights stay in the dorm was over and our stuff were all packed back in our backpacks again. Last day of the trip came, a signal that our trip is almost over in few hours. Three days was not enough to see the whole island of Tasmania but I am already thankful I had a chance to see some part of it. I wished my holiday will be longer, but I was not in Australia for touring but for work so I cannot really extend my holiday plan. I am lucky enough for having a chance to see the island even for just few days. Though it was the last day tour of the group, I was looking forward on that day like it was first day. Main reason of my excitement was because of Cradle Mountain, as mountain always amaze me whether I see it from a distance or up-close. I was delighted when I learned that the group will do a bit of trekking and bush walking in one of the famous national park in the island and in Australia.

Cradle Mountain

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From Tullah (the place we stayed the two nights in Tasmania), we drove towards Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and we stayed in the road for at least an hour. On our way, I watched the surroundings attentively in my window and before we reached the parking area, there was a part of the road that we passed where I saw a seemingly endless wilderness.  I felt I can’t get enough of what I am seeing at that time and I felt an overwhelming contentment in my heart for just being there at that moment. I cannot comprehend that I am actually seeing nature, vast space and remoteness of the place. My wandering thoughts stopped after the van parked near Dove Lake. We got off the vehicle from the parking and as we wait for the group to reassemble, we stopped near Dove Lake, a lake with amazing beautiful background of Cradle Mountain. After enjoying the lake up close, we started the trek and bush walk.

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Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain

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With Dove Lake Boatshed

We trekked Marions Lookout which is a great spot to see Cradle Mountain closer from the top. It is the same spot to see Dove Lake and Crater Lake which offers scenic views from the lookout and have 360 degree view of national park’s wilderness. The group had a great time not only for taking photos in the lookout but having fun in posing and jumping with beautiful scenery that surrounds everyone.

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Dove Lake

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Cradle Mountain

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Crater Lake

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Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park

When we had enough in enjoying the scenery of the national parks wilderness from the lookout, we trekked down and continued bush walking.  What great about the walk was we had a chance to see the beauty and remoteness of the place. The group followed the walking tracks in placed in the park and along the walks we spotted a wombat. Our walks continue as we reached the considered historical accommodation in Cradle Mountain which is Waldheim Chalet.

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Waldheim Chalet

Waldheim Chalet is a restored or replica of the rustic homes of couple whom discovered the Cradle Mountain – Gustav and Kate Weindorfer. The said accommodation is the nearest one in the national park.

Sheffield – Town of Murals

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After hiking in Cradle Mountain, we drove to Sheffield – a town of Murals where we took our lunch. After lunch, we walked around a bit and we found that its title of being Town of Murals is proven to be true and it stand on its title which made Sheffield an interesting place to visit.

Below are some of the murals that I was able to capture during the visit.

  • Stillness and Warmth

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First mural painted for town’s mural project which completed last 1986. The painting portrays Gustav Weindorfer who made effort to make Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair  a National Park.

  • Masonic Lodge Symbols

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This mural (left) by John Lendis features some of the symbols found in a Freemason’s Lodge painted last 1992.

  • The Hardest Years

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Mural that depicts the typical rural life through a farmer and painted last year 2000 by Paul Wood and Mary Clancy.

  • No Boundaries (Left) and Still Free (Right)

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“No Boundaries” by Alicia Swiderski which inspired by children’s play.

Still Free” by Keith & Loretta Sommer and Winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award at Mural Fest 2013

  • Food Bowl

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Demonstration mural at Mural Fest 2012 by Julian Bale & Others.

  • “Hide and Seek”, “Poetic Stanza”, “Bonnie and Clyde”, & “Searching the Heart”

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From Mural Fest 2013 (left to right):

“Hide and Seek” which painted by Loren Wiffin with the concept of the imagination wild and free.

Poetic Stanza” created by Shannon Crees with thematic concerns of exotic surrealism and the boundless potential for beauty in utopian landscapes.

“Bonnie and Clyde” by John Eathorne and Leanne Tamas with the idea of Tasmanian convict woman breaks free, her cat awaits, both just a whisker away from the wild, both about to do a certain amount of unescourted roaming, while in their eyes, magic resides.

Searching the Heart” by Heather Sprott with concept of Nature itself is “freedom unrestrained”

  • Forth Falls

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The mural depicts the second and most spectacular of a series of seven falls which once cascaded down Forth Falls Creek and flowed into the Forth River. Painted by John Lendis in year 1990.

  • Tigers and Devils

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Painted by John Lendis last year 2000.

  • Christian Heritage

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The historical roots of each Christian denomination in Kentish along with approximately 140 people are depicted in this mural. Created by Cheyne Purdue last 1988.

Here are other of snapshots around Sheffield.

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Deloraine / Red Hills – 41 Degrees Salmon 

Our last stop before we ended the last day tour was a salmon farm called 41 Degrees Salmon where we had a chance to taste some of its salmon. After tasting experience, the group had some fun with the farm’s dog named George.

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Then, we headed to Launceston, where I stayed for the night before flying back to Melbourne the next morning, while some of the group ended their trip back to Hobart. Before I wrapped up my day, I had dinner in one of the diners in the city and had a bit of night walk just around my accommodation, it was a quiet night indeed in Launceston.

 

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Discovery : Waldheim Chalet

Discovery (Post#20) : Waldheim Chalet

After trekking and bush walking from Marions Lookout in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park area, we reached Waldheim Cabins, a lodging at Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage site. Within the Cabins, we found a restored or replica of the rustic house of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer called Waldheim (“forest home”) Chalet which showcasing the life of the two while discovering Cradle Mountain which now extended up to Lake St Claire and become national park. These photos are part of Tasmania Adventure Photo Collection June 2013.

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Tasmania (Day 1) : From Mount Field to Lake St Clair to Donaghys Hill

I flew to Hobart from Melbourne at Sunday evening, June 16, 2013. I booked 3-Days tour from 17 to 19 and will return to Melbourne at 20th of the same month. I was booked for overnight stay at Edinburgh Gallery Bed & Breakfast for the next day’s start of adventure.

Monday, I woke-up early and had a quick breakfast in my accommodation which was a self-service at that time. Then, I checked-out by just dropping my room key into the drop box. I left the hotel early in the morning to go to the Pickled Frog hostel where the tour will pick-up the rest that will join the tour.

I was glad that my accommodation that I stayed in the city was not far from the pick-up point and just 5 minutes walk. When I arrived at the front of the hostel, there were  few people earlier than myself and already waiting. We waited in few more minutes until the vehicle for the tour arrived. The tour guide named Greg Price starts asking us for the tours and checks the names in his list, then we hopped on to the van.

Though it was drizzling cold Monday morning in Hobart, I was hoping to have a nice weather as I wanted to enjoy the few days adventure that I planned in Tasmania. From Hobart we drove to the north and as we were getting far from the city the weather was clearing which was a good sign.

Our first stop was Mount Field National Park. The tour that I signed up were more into nature adventure, therefore walking and trekking were not a surprising activity to do.

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We walked into the forest and Greg started discussing tidbits about national park and the giant or tallest trees. Then along the way we found a Tasmanian Pademelon. Though we were not so close to it, I had a chance to observed the cute nocturnal animal even from a distance, I even got a bonus since I was able to capture a snapshot of it (though photos are not so clear). It was one of the animals that I found in the notification board that we passed when we started the walk in the woods.

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Tasmanian Pademelon

After watching Tasmanian Pademelon for a couple of minutes, walks continued and we stopped a bit when we reach the Tallest Trees or Giant Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans) remains in the ground. What we saw were parts of the trees remains for years, one part still standing on the ground and one was fallen to the ground. Both remnants shows the hollow portion of the trees.

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Tallest Trees (Eucalyptus Regnans) at the ground

When we were done with Tallest Trees, we walk towards Russell Falls. At that time of our visit, there at least portion of the water flows in the falls. It was one of the scenic falls that I discovered in my travel because it has layers, like stairs of falls that makes the water flows amazingly beautiful.

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Russell Falls

Along the walks, we found swamp, Tallest Tress and scarlet robin bird. Below were snapshots that I had:

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Swamp

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Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus Regnans)

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Scarlet Robin

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Tasmanian Pademelon wood carved

Before we head for our lunch, we had a quick visit at Tarraleah Penstocks Lookout. The lookout is overlooking of Tarraleah Power Station including the huge pipes (penstocks) down to it. Looking at the photos of Hydro Tasmania, it reminded me the largest environmental movement occurred in Australia. As I see it, the company still somewhat able to push the project in another way.

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Tarraleah Penstock Lookout

Next thing happened, we went for the lunch, a restaurant near Lake St Clair. After lunch we went to the lake side. And there, I witnessed how the lake was so calm at that time, a very serene scenery.

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At Lake St Clair Lodge Restaurant

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Lake St Clair

After enjoying the lake, our last stop was a trek to Donaghys Hill Lookout. After a while of walking and trekking we reached the lookout. We climbed the stairs to reached its viewing platform and the next thing happened was enjoying a 360 degrees view of wonderful wilderness. I was thrilled of what I had seen at the lookout, a scenery worth to see.

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Scenery at Donaghys Hill Lookout

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Franklin River

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After the first and jam-pack itinerary tour, we drove to Tullah where our dormitory accommodation is located.

Before we reached our designated accommodation, the group did some groceries in a small town called Queenstown. A historic town rose during the mining glory days in the island.

The first night that we stayed in our accommodation, we just chilled out to the pool bar restaurant nearby and had fun, since I don’t drink, juice and water were already enough for me during the dinner. Since I don’t play the pool games, I just watched my group playing it until the group decided it to call it a day. That’s how we ended the first day adventure in Tasmania.

Precious Moment In The Mountain : Cradle Mountain

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Precious Moment In The Mountain (Post#12) : Cradle Mountain

When I visited Tasmania Island in Australia, I included a tour for Cradle Mountain. The said mountain is located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Claire National Park and it is one the main tourist site in the island. During the tour we did one of the available walks in the said park. I love the photo above because of the scenic view of Crater Lake from within the Cradle Mountain. Photo captured last June 2013.