Wednesday 22 November - Cradle
Mountain to Devonport
Today we decided to start the day
with lots more walking around the Cradle Mountain
park followed a stop for lunch in Sheffield, famous
for its wall murals and finally on to Devonport.
We exited the Cradle Mountain Hotel for our first walk
of the morning - Knyvet Falls. Not too far from where
we parked we found a these other falls just off the
side of the road (pictured below).
The initial part of the Dove Canyon circuit has a
deviation that takes you to Knyvet falls. Not
too far along the track another surprise - a different
view of Pencil Pine Falls that we saw yesterday
About 15 minutes later we arrived at Knyvet
Pictured below another view of Knyvet Falls from
further down the track.
It was a fairly easy walk track through rain forest -
as you can see below. However it did deteriorate quite
substantially just after Knyvet Falls so good walking
boots are recommended for the rest of the trip to Dove
Canyon especially if it was wet weather.
Feeling great after the walk - another surprise.
Another echidna. These guys are everywhere!
Cradle Mountain Lodge was just across the road and the
last walk we wanted to do started for us from behind
the lodge. This walk was called The Enchanted
Walk. Noted as a walk for families it meandered
along a ferny stream in the first half and open grass
lands in the second half until we came to the first
waterfall we saw today.
A very quiet and relaxing walk. We stopped
several times along the way to enjoy the
scenery. The sun filtering through the trees and
ferns along stream. Very scenic.
At the half way mark - and there is gorgeous Denise,
as we crossed the creek at the half way point.
It was time to say goodbye to Cradle Mountain.
It was wonderful to return to one of those fabulous
honeymoon memories of 1978. But, wow! How
it had changed.
About an hour later we arrived in Sheffield - home of
the murals - where we first checked out the
Information Centre for things to do.
Just in case we were lost, this sign set us straight
outside the information centre. The irony of
this sign is that.... it is factually true!
After a sandwich at the local cafe, we set out to look
over the town murals. The town prides itself on
its Easter Mural festival each year and displays the
top entries in the local park. Here is an
example of one. There must be about 150 murals
scattered through the town. It is quite
incredible. Pictured below is our
favourite. It wasn't this years winner but it
definitely was our winner.
Onward bound and 25 minutes later and we arrived at
out bed and breakfast for tonight in Devonport The
Grand on Macfie. Gorgeous place - Pictured
below, our room. Just like home but with
Pictured below is the view off the balcony next to our
room. Notice the Spirit of Tasmania in the dock
getting ready to leave. Ah memories of The
Empress of Tasmania, the boat that we took to Tasmania
at the start of our honeymoon in 1978. What a
rough trip that had been. No stabilisers and the
worst crossing of Bass Strait in 18 years. We
were so ill that night we had to go to a doctors in
Devonport to get a certificate to prove we were unable
to do the return trip and so that we did not have to
pay freight charges to get our car back to the
And here it is leaving at 7:30pm on the dot.
First it came out into the middle of the
"river". Next it pivoted 180 degrees ...
ooooohhhh it only just fitted across the river (watch
out for the dock!). that was close! Then
full speed ahead out to the heads and on to Melbourne.
Tomorrow we drive through Burnie and Wynyard out to
the Nut at Stanley and overnight in Smithton.
Thursday 23 November - Devonport
Today we decided to venture to 'Wings
Wildlife Park'. There was a lot of lovely
scenery along the way. Then we would be
driving across the northern coast to 'The Nut' at a
sweet little town called Stanley.
Before we leave Den had to get
just one more pic of where we stayed over night - The
Grand at Macfie. We were in the second story room
on the left with the bay window. If you look
closely, you can see the staff cleaning the room
after we left!
It was a scenic drive to the
wildlife park. Another mountain to wind
through, which is usual in getting anywhere and
today it was through the very beautiful northern
country to the Wings Wildlife Park. The
scenery in contrast very green compared to the south
east of Tasmania which is very brown and dry after a
At Wings Wildlife Park, we had a
close encounter of the third kind with a
Koala. The wildlife staff member assigned to
the experience (Dimity) told us everything you could
ever want to know about a Koala and also the Meerkats.
Here is Lottie (pictured below). We
each patted Lottie for about 45 minutes while the
zookeeper told us all about her and the life she was
leading at the park.
Ahhhh Lottie.... Ruby (our
Siberian Husky) would love to meet you!
Next to the Koala was South African
Meerkats. Nice looking fellows....
Hey? Are you looking at
me? They might look cute.com.au BUT they have
razzer sharp teeth so keep your hands to
yourself. However these cuties have been
around the staff long enough not to be vicious.
Let me sell you some health
Pictured below was our welcoming
party - "Hey you people.... me me me me... .feed
me.... don't look past me.... feed me not all the
other animals.... save some for me, won't
you....." It came running down the track
and came straight up to us and just hung
The colourful bird pictured below
is called a Golden Pheasant. It comes from
South America. What are you doing in a
Tasmanian wildlife park? In fact there were
lots of beautiful exotic birds in the park from all
over the world.
Of course a Tasmanian wild life
park would not be the same unless it had a Tasmanian
Devil or two or three or more in that case.
More of us later.
Then there were the teeny weeny
monkeys - Marmosets. Here is mummy with her
Talking about babies... these are
baby emus born less than 4 weeks ago.
We stretch our necks and look up
to this huge ostrich. It must be well over six
feet tall. Well that is tall for us.
At the top of the hill, we enter
the kangaroo enclosure complete with a bag of grain
to feed them. Our first dinner guests - mother
Pictured below is the alpha male
of the mob. He was busy pacing up and down
watching outside the enclosure. Something was
disturbing him. He kept licking his arms and
we found out that it means he is stressing out about
something. Possibly what ever is on the other side
of the fence or it could be even something miles
away because Kangaroos have exceptionally good
The feeding continues. We
waited until they came to us and at first they all
cued up waiting their turn to be fed but eventually
they trusted us and came up to us 3 at a tie.
"Pat me some more.... please... please.... ahhhhh...
more more... don't go away".
As we head back toward the exit,
one last look at the Tassie Devils. Best pose EVER!
... then David made his emu noise
again... and right on cue.....
An extremely good park. A
must do if you are down this way.
Our journey continues. We drive across the coast
and an hour or so later arrived at 'The Nut' at
Stanley - pictured below....
What's that ... the chair lift is broken.... we have
to walk up? Ahhhhhhh! Is only half a
kilometer up.... but what a steep climb!!!! Here
we are at the first turn (out of 4)
We made it to the top. Here is the plateau at
the top of the nut.
We decided to take the two kilometer walk around the
top. Lots of views and lookouts along the
way. Looking east. (150 Miles straight
ahead is Melbourne).
Nearly finished.....Picture above looking South.
Picture above is looking West.
And finished. Here is the view of the peninsula
- looking back over Stanley. Reducing the
panorama to this does not do it justice.
Time to go - 20 kilometers up to Smithton for the