Trip Start Aug 24, 2008
129Trip End Jul 07, 2009
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The next morning we awoke to find that the snow had melted so we returned to Dove Lake, which now had lovely views of Cradle Mountain, although the top was still covered with wisps of cloud. We wrapped up against the icy wind and set off on a three hour circumnavigation of the lake. The lake was absolutely stunning. It is surrounded by mountains which were sprinkled with snow and had all sorts of jagged rocks and waterfalls. The wind made the lake quite choppy, but it died down as we entered the forest. Blue sky appeared and we kept getting glimpses of the summit. We even saw some wedge tail eagles circling above. We were about to leave the park when we spotted a wombat nibbling the grass, so we stopped for photos. Wombats are so cute!
We left the park and drove through the stunning countryside past little wooden cottages, to the Henty Sand Dunes. We climbed a 30m high sand dune which was right next to the forest. We then ran down it again, getting sand all over ourselves. David did some kind of forward roll down it and was still producing sand 3 days later. The sand was freezing and made our toes numb - such a contrast to the hot sands of Lovina a few weeks ago. We next went to pretty Ocean Beach to watch the sun set from on top of a sand dune. The sea was wild and rough, but the beach was clean and sandy. Our driver drove through a huge puddle that was deeper than he thought and dented the bus. We then drove to Strahan, our stop for the night. David and I had some of the best fish and chips ever for dinner, and David put his foot in a river with a platypus (which we didn't see) in it, and got chased by a dog in order to get them!