Our first stop on Tasmania was Cradle Mountain, which is a 90minutes drive from the small coastal town of Devonport where our ferry arrived after crossing the Bass Straits in a 12 hour journey. It is supposed to be one of the most wild streches of water worldwide but we were lucky and the water was calm. We set up our tent on a beautiful campground in bush setting, just outside the Cradle Mountain National Park. Tasmania is a really wild piece of land, most of its Western part being National Parks with untouched nature, mountains, lakes and rivers.
It is also the start of the famous Overland Track, the most iconic bushwalk in Australia, strechting for 65km through wilderness. I would love to do the track while living in Australia! Maybe next summer, we'll see!
After a good night of sleep, a wholesome breakfast in the campkitchen, we packed our daypacks and left for the park. All visitors to Tasmanian National Parks need a permit, we bought ours on the ferry so we were ready to go ($60 per vehicle incl 8 persons, valid for 8 weeks). There is a shuttle service, so people don't need to take their cars which is great.
Our mission for the day was to walk around Dove Lake - the conditions were perfect: warm weather, sunshine and blue sky waited for us when we stepped out of the shuttle!
The walk around Dove Lake takes around 2 hours, but with many photo stops and a picnik at the shore it took us a bit longer to return to the carpark. The famous boatshed was as beautiful as I imagined it to be and the water of the lake was icecold as it looked - too cold for my taste but some crazies went for a swim anyway (screaming and puffing).
We also met some local wildlife, the cute wallaby just loved to be cuddled behind its ears!
We returned later at night for a sunset over the lake and ventured out to the bushlands to look for wombats and platypus - two Australian native animals we have not seen yet! And we were lucky, there were many wombats around and after sitting still by the side of a small stream, we spotted the shy platypus! It was too dark already for a picture, so no proof!
It is such a beautiful place of wilderness and I am looking forward to return, maybe for walking the Overland Track. Anybody interested in joining, please let me know!
I am currently preparing for my trip home to Germany, only 8 days to go until I embark on the 25 hour journey from Melbourne via Dubai to Frankfurt. Its the first time I am going home after moving to Australia (almost 2 years ag) and I seriously can't freaking wait!! *K