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

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Get up early for sunset to find we are in dense fog again and can't even see past the shoreline of the lake! Decide to set off as you never know what time (and if) it will clear here.

After an hour or so the fog is lifting pretty quick which is great and have fabulous views of the countryside and more lakes. Feels a bit like the UK as leaves are turning red and brown and feels like a warmish Autumnal day. Could be the Lake District but is more beautiful and most of the time we feel like we are the only ones on the island. Are heading up to Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake and stop at Queenstown on the way. This is a copper mining town (appropriate as currently 3 miners missing in N Tasmania)and feels very colonial and small townish. Pick up some snags (sausages) and rissoles (no idea what they are and dont think I want to know) for a barbie. Get to national park early afternoon and cook our barbie on the free electric barbie, have to try and protect our food from the nearby crows.

After lunch got the shuttle bus down to Lake Dove where you get fantastic views of Cradle Mountain. We then went for a walk to the nearby boatshed and up to Lake Lilla where we then saw a sign for the next part of the walk to 'Wombat Poo', we had no idea that this was sposed to be scenic so headed up there to realise that there was a missing 'l' from the sign. On the way we actually saw a wombat right next to us on the path which was cool - look v cuddly and quite big. Finally got up to Crater Lake which looks like it sounds and wandered back down to Ronny Creek before we got the bus back to the van. National parks are really well organised here and have walks sorted from 20 mins to 10 days. The Overland trek starts here which is the long impressive one but think we will have to improve our fitness somewhat to do it.

Drove for the next couple of hours through the hills and up and down valleys to Deloraine a smallish town where everything seemed to shut by 8pm. Not sure if Tasmanians all go to bed early or what. Had been told about Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm just outside Deloraine and camped in the carpark ready for their 7am opening next day!
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