Cradle Mountain/Marions Lookout
Jan 10, 2009
|Our plan for today was to drive the 2 hours over to Cradle Mountain early so we/I could climb that sucker!
In true A&E style though we made it out of the hostel.........just before midday!!!
After much windey roadness on the way there (and a bit of a lack of petrol scare!) we finally made it by about 2.30pm.
After checking out the routes/treks we realised our options were limited as time wasn't on our side (funnily enough!!).
The walk to Cradle Mountain Peak (1,450 metres) was a full day so rather annoyingly that was off le menu, however the trek up to Marions Lookout (1,300ish metres) was only a 2-3 hour round trip so we went for that one instead.
About 5 minutes into our walk we stumbled across a little (baby/midget) wallaby bouncing around the path. A very cute little thing!
After saying goodbye to him we ran into his mate Mr Wombat a few hundred metres further up the path. He was minding his own business eating some schrubery....with about 8 people taking photos of him!! He didn't seem to mind though and soon wandered off into the bush for a little privacy!
About 20 minutes into the walk Em decided she prefered it back in the car with the food so made an about-turn and headed on back.......quite quickly cos she got a bit scared on her own aparently!!!
After a bit of a mission I made it up to the Lookout about an hour or so later, knackered but the pain soon went when I checked out the view!!!
The Landscape in Tasmania really is amazing and it's sooooo cool to hike for only 2 hours and have panoramic views like this!
I was slightly gutted while eating my lunch on the top that I didn't make it up to the top of Cradle Mountain itself but who knows......maybe next time!!!!
I made it back down to the car about an hour later......to find Em having a little nap!!!! She told me she was trying to preserve her energy for the drive home!!!
We made it back to the hostel (via the supermarket) at about 9pm - where we had some late fud and then hung for a bit before crashing after a wicked (and a slightly tiring!) day.