The day dawned sunny and pleasant and we decided at the last minute to make another try for Cradle Mountain. It was only two hours away, it was warm and sunny, until we again got over Mount Roland, by the time we got to the car park, the clouds had closed in again. This time we did finally make it to Dove Lake and the Boat House and then the rain came. By the time we got back to the car, we were soaked.
We grabbed a warm coffee and hot lunch and the skies cleared again briefly, so we did the quick five-minute walk to Pine Forest Falls, and of course, it rained again. We gave up and left, by the time we drove back down the mountain again, it was blue skies and sunshine! I was so disappointed with Dove Lake, everyone said how remarkable it all was, but we found it overcrowded, over commercialised and overrated. Sure it was pretty in some spots, but there was so much road work, deforestation; they lopped the tops of dead trees (which were everywhere) and left them on the ground, in some areas there was little vegetation and mostly mud. There were boardwalks to keep people off the vegetation, but that didn’t apply to the machinery and the rubbish. It looked muddy, unkempt and overused. The fact that it rains 300+ days of the year meant your chances of coming on a fine clear day were minimal. After seeing some of the most beautiful countrysides we were left wanting. Some have said we just did not see it on a good day, sadly I think the ‘good’ days are behind it. Now it is just a tourist attraction for the multitudes.
Feeling a little disheartened we drove to Sheffield – a town of murals. But before that, we stopped at Cethana Dam and the lookout over Cradle Valley, not exactly on the same scale as the Gordon River Dam, but still lovely. Sadly time would dictate that I would not get there (Gordon Dam) this trip.
So onto Sheffield – The murals were everywhere, every year people come and paint new murals and they have a huge weekend celebrating it all. We walked and walked and walked and saw so many, but still missed quite a few, but it was getting late and we needed to get back to Launceston. Here are just a few of my favourites…