It was a beautiful day, we said good-bye to the pademelons that were hanging around our cabin, wishing we were staying another couple of nights.
We went down the road to the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre and purchased tickets to gain access to the Cradle Mountain National Park, waited for the shuttle bus a started out on our adventure.
We were heading to Dove Lake, a walk my boss had said was worth going on. We had got up early to take advantage of the still weather, there was not the breathe of wind, great for water shots.
We filled in the hiking book that was compulsory before setting of on any walk in the area, you have to fill out the time you leave, the walk you're going on and how many of you - great idea.
We were ready to set off, we took the bus drivers advise we're went anti-clockwise, whereas most people were going clockwise - apparently there were less steps in the direction we were heading.
The walk wasn't too bad at any point, there were a number of steep steps but I didn't think it was too difficult so long as you took your time. The walk followed the lake around, past a boat shed - plenty of photo opportunities here - up a number of stairs to a high vantage point and then down to just above the water line again where it continued for the rest of the way. At different locations you can get access to some beach areas or climb up to rocky outlooks - not too high but great views over the lake. It is a pleasant walk through native bush and scrub and along the way you see different wildlife - pademelons, wombats, platypus and even tiger snakes (don't go near these, they are extremely verminous).
Loved it, took us about 3 1/2 hours and we didn't even notice. It's was shame to get back on the bus and go. Even worse when we got in the car to leave the area but we were due to be in Strahan that night.
We spent the next couple of hours winding our way through some amazing country roads and, at times, some not so amazing areas - always the same good with bad but the bad was only the last 1/2 descent into Strahan. About half way along we stopped a a lakeside resort in Tallah. It was interesting looking around the pub area as it had many photos of the area - mining, people and wilderness - and there were plenty of other curios hanging of the walls and ceiling and on the floor.
We arrived at the Strahen Holiday Park, our accommodation for the next 4 nights. Not too shady but I had made sure I had booked a deluxe cabin as I know what some of the standard cabins can be like. A fully equipped kitchen, living/dining area, two bedrooms and an ensuite, what else does a person need?
After paying for the cabin and off-loading our luggage we headed out to book a table at the Risby's for the night - a highly recommended restaurant with seafood and other meals - and to pick up our tickets, from the Gordon River Cruise Centre, for our West Coast Wilderness Railway trip the next day. At the same time we also booked our tickets for the Gordon River Cruise on Christmas Day - recommended by the reception at our accommodation.
The small tour of the town also showed us just how small Strahan is, one petrol station, no bank, one camp/holiday park, a number of restaurants, two pubs, one supermarket and a number of other accommodation options. Everything is within walking distance.
Dinner at Risby's was everything we had heard it would be - yummy. Dale enjoyed his seafood tasting plate and I my Caesar salad.