Monday 20 November - Launceston
to Cradle Mountain
- Liffey Falls
- Deloraine and
- Mole creek caves
to Cradle Mountain
First of all a little look at the wild life we saw
along the way today .....
Maybe not wild life as such but she certainly looked
Below some ducks..... the yellow one was the odd man
They breed them big in Tassy!
Some interesting animals that are found around Mole
The wedged tailed eagle below is only stuffed but it
was quite impressive. I looked and looked high
above me but I didn't see one.
The Tassy Devil and a Quoll - more of them tomorrow.
A lovely looking Echidna.... THIS was not stuffed ....
this was a real one walking along the side of the
A Mole Creek Cave spider.
Our after dinner walk around the resort.
Brush tail possum and baby on its back.
Back to the start of the day and the Water Fall walk
Liffey Falls - originally a great road until.......
as with all roads, when you want to visit a water
fall,the roads get more hair pin bends that you may
have anticipated. The actual last 20 kms to
Liffy Falls were on the most dreadful of all
roads. Potholes everywhere. It was slow
going but we made it. It was about another
kilometer of walking track through a lovely ferny
area to get to the water fall. We're not
altogether sure it was worth the drive after all
that. The falls themselves were pretty they
were not exactly spectacular and the vegetation
along the river bed and also the scenic look outs
made it difficult to get a good straight on picture
of the water cascading. Pictured below
are part of the falls.
Picture below is taken from the bottom of the falls.
It was a tough walk back because it was a kilometer of
Our next stop was Deloraine. A pretty little
town with a bit of history. Pictured below is
the Folk Museum housing some of the memorabilia of the
day. This building used to be used as an
inn. The back half is a residence. Behind
the building is a historical display of coach houses,
settlers cottage, out house (laundry) with attached
'Dunny Can' as they labelled it. There were also
other buildings of the era which made for a very nice
journey through Deloraine's history.
Lounge of the residential part of the building. Gotta
love the typewriter at the back of the room.
School room. In those days home schooling was
Original tin toys. Catch a fair price these
Singer sewing machine. Den learned how to sew on
one of these.
Good old Arnotts. It was always nice to buy
biscuits straight out of the biscuit tins. They
always tasted wonderful.
The wash house. Den's nanna in Gurner St St
Kilda had one of these troth's and wringers.
Labelled the 'Dunny Can' Great looking wad of
toilet paper there...owch... bit rough. We can
remember as kids having to resort to this method from
time to time. They day when the ink on
newspapers didn't rub off.
Deloraine down by the river.
After a quick bite to eat we went down to the river
and stroll along the river. We found this lovely
old bridge, which of course we had to walk
across. Nice view of the river.
Then it was time to depart and on to Mole Creek Caves
(pictured below). It was fairly stock standard
river cave items of interest. It didn't seem
like we walked terribly far into the cave but we did
spend a lot of time at each point of interest whilst
the tour guide gave us some pretty comprehensive
commentary about the cave and its 500 million year
Pictured below were some of the points of interest.
Pretty amazing stuff. A must do if you like
We still had 73 kms to get to Cradle Mountain where we
would spend the next two nights.
This is our room (split level) and looking out
into the wilderness. David of course hard at
work uploading the photos to the website for you to
enjoy and for us to reflect on long after the holiday
Check out our balcony. Second smallest balcony
I've ever seen!
Upper level of our room at the Cradle Mountain Hotel.
Time to get some sleep....
Tuesday 21 November - Cradle
Supposedly a rest day at Cradle
Mountain. However we always find something to do and
today it would be a bit of bush walking around the
tracks in and around Cradle Mountain.
A sneak preview of Cradle Mountain
as the mini van shuttles us between the information
centre and Dove Lake.
Pictured below Dove Lake with
Cradle Mountain in the back ground. We started
our walk here. Just a short walk to the Boat
Stunning views. Yes that is
snow on the Mountain left over from a snow storm
more than 3 months ago.
The boat house stop.
You may think this all looks calm
and serene but really there were that many tourists
up there it quite spoiled the peace and quiet.
We were not even allowed to drive up to Dove Lake
due to too many cars already inside the park.
So we had to queue to get onto a shuttle bus that
left from the information centre every 15
minutes. This whole complex had got way too
big - with all sorts of other tours being offered it
had lost a certain intimacy and was very
Pictured below is a bit of
nostalgia for us. The building is now called
Cradle Mountain Lodge. However 39 years ago it used
to be called Pencil Pine Lodge and it was just the
middle section of this building in the
picture. It was pretty moving to have a look
through the place. They had preserved the old
section well and honey moon memories came flying
back (in a good way). His pet wombat that
roamed about the building and took a liking to
gnawing at my ankle. We remember fondly how we
slept in bunk beds in a very basic room and issued a
torch because it was generators off at 10pm!
It was here we saw our very first
Tassy devil and watched the owner of the
establishment feed them at dusk. They were
pretty terrifying to us at the time and something we
wouldn't want to run into in the dark according to
the owner but now that we have been educated about
Tassy devils I am pretty sure he was telling us a
bit of a fib.
The original room AND the original
couches. They must have been really top class
furniture to last this long. The window where we
watched the Tassy Devil's just off the porch being
The lovely rustic feeling and the
old fire place still in good nick.
This hall had a couple of rooms off it and one of
them was ours. Due to fact that new extensions
have been added to the building the room we slept in
is not there anymore.
Here is the original porch and entry to the old
Pencil Pine Lodge.
And this is one of the new
extensions and new entrance.
Pictured below is the Cradle Mountain Hotel. A
huge hotel complex about 4 kms out side of the
Cradle Mountain National Park.
Our second walk for the evening
had a big surprise at the end - Pencil Pine Falls.
Now that the crowds had gone and
very few cars were still in the park we could drive
right up to Dove Lake and take a couple of stops
along the way to enjoy what we couldn't enjoy this
morning. Getting on to dusk the animals were
starting to move about. First another
Then a wombat..........
And another wombat.....
And before we knew it many many
wombats everywhere we looked. This was
GREAT :-) We must have seen about 20
wombats in all over the evening... most of the "very
A slow and steady trip up to Dove
Lake for an evening view. The sun now on the
mountain gave it a totally different look.
We also checked out a Tasmanian
Devils Sanctuary. We were lucky enough to get
on the final tour for the day. Here is the
first one we saw then they started coming out from
everywhere. An extremely well presented and
educational tour. Not too expensive and ran
for nearly two hours.
Feeding time over it was sleep
A quoll. Interesting
creatures. They usually scavenge from the
Tassy Devils leftovers.
Bedtime for big animals like us
too. Back to the Hotel for us.
By golly I think I can see the
Southern Lights - just a gentle glow in the