Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Am having to daily entries for each bit of Tas as there are so many photos!!

Woke up at crack of dawn (about 6.30am) as was freezing in van and found we were surrounded by massive tall trees. Also found we were next to one of the walks they have 'created' here through the tall trees forest so did this after brekkie which was good with loads of gum trees and ferns - slightly different to the rainforests in Queensland. Then went down to the visitors centre and walked to Russell Falls which were pretty impressive multi-layered waterfalls. All this before the visitor's centre had opened!

Bought our national park pass ($20 a day) and were recommended that whilst it was a bit foggy now it was a good sign that it would be nice later and a good day to drive to Lake Pedder further into the SW. We were not entirely convinced but went anyway a couple of hours drive on pretty foggy roads where we could just see trees but then we suddenly went quite high and the clouds disappeared to reveal clear blue skies and the most amazing scenery I have ever seen. Huge lakes and mountains with mirror-like reflections - photos can only explain and don't fully do it justice. Back down through the clouds for a while and arrive at the end of the road and Lake Pedder dam. This is a controversial dam as the lake was originally pretty small but has flooded a huge area of land and obviously had a significant environmental impact (plus a lot of people say the power supplied is surplus to requirements). Anyway from a tourist perspective the dam was pretty cool and massive - an engineering nightmare I suspect and v different to the 3 Gorges dam we saw a couple of months ago.

Started driving back and had a lunch stop on the side of a lake (so we could see it properly) hoping that the fog would completely disappear by the time we set off properly. Fortunately it did and we had a spectacular drive (well kangaroo type drive - stop start for photos!) back, stopping for the 'Creepy Crawly' walk through another rainforest with lots of spiders on the way. Will let the photos do the talking for the scenery but I was awestruck (is that a word my English has gone to pot!)

Eventually got back to Mount Field and decided to drive straight up to Lake St Clair to try and catch sunset. Drove up there and stopped at the Caravan park just in time for the remnants of sunset. Lovely lake but not as nice as we had seen today. Dinner and in bed by about 9.30! Have decided to do early starts and nights here to make the most of daylight - have suddenly become adults.
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