Sunday, August 12, 2012

A promise well kept

After a day of snowstorms and gentle snowfalls, we thawed out in the peaceful lodge in front of a crackling fire. With that mulled wine now firmly in hand, I was able to appreciate all that we had seen during the day. What spectacular and varied landscapes, made all the more special with incredible wildlife such as the pademelons and currawongs at every turn. Wombats, echidnas and platypus also frequent the park, but sadly they were not to greet us on our brief visit.

The next morning brought with it a very different story. No snow to be seen. The winter wonderland had all but vanished. What a difference a day makes! Someone was looking after us, as we left for our next journey to the seaside town of Strahan. Our one full day in Cradle brought with it a promise kept and kept well.

Pencil Pine Falls walk

Pencil Pines Fall walk

Pencil Pines Falls

Knyvet Falls

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Icy roads lay homage to the low temperatures over night, making for a slow trip off the mountain and across to the coast. Strahan was to be our seaside hideaway for the next couple of nights as we ventured onto the West Coast wilderness railway.

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