Cradle Mountain National Park

Let’s get this out of the way to start with. A wombat decided to chew on Ashley’s shoelace. Here is a picture. If that’s all you need, then there’s no need to keep reading.

Still with me? Good. We did some other things besides feed shoelaces to wombats. It was another rainy day here in Tasmania. Rather than huddle up at the lodge, we braved the elements and headed into one of UNESCO’s top world heritage sites. We simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do some hiking while we were here.
The hike around Dove Lake is advertised as one of Tasmania’s best short walks. Even with the low cloud cover and rain, it was certainly an amazing hike. We hiked around the crystal waters of the lake and through a beautiful section of rainforest. The water was so clear that we could easily see rocks at the shore line from 20-30 yards away. We wanted to hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain, but the low hanging clouds blocked all view and we didn’t feel like hiking for 6-8 hours in the rain and fog. In all of these pictures? There should be a mountain in the background.
After a wonderful lunch and short nap, we went to the Devils@Cradle wildlife sanctuary for a feeding tour. The sanctuary is hoping to help preserve the Tasmanian Devil by isolating populations from a deadly cancer that is decimating the native population. There were a number of devils and quolls around, but Ashley’s highlight was the wombats. We were allowed to pet them and watch as they roamed free, hence why Ashley’s shoe was nommed on. We got to watch the animals get fed and learned a lot about their life-cycle and habits. Three of the devils were very happy to be photographed, but the rest were much more keen on having dinner.
Both quolls and devils are carnivorous marsupials, so we decided to spare everyone pictures of the fresh feast the animals enjoyed. We’ll be leaving the Cradle Mountain area tomorrow, but still have a few days in Tasmania before jetting off to Perth.
More adorable pictures are here.
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