10/12/2013 Railton, Cradle Mountain, Waratah(update by Glenda)
The weather changes so quickly in Tassie. Clouds descend over the mountains in a matter of minutes.
The following photo was taken from our camp site at Sheffield looking toward Mount Roland a few hours after the last photo shown on the blog post for 19/11/13. If you hover the mouse over the image the older photo will show giving a good idea of the changes in the weather.
After Sheffield we stayed a few days in Railton enjoying walking around the town discovering the topiary. The townfolk have done a great job of making a large variety of interesting bushes. Following are a couple of examples:
An unusual sign in a shop window also caught our attention but for the wrong reason:
O'Neills Creek had a camping area so we stayed there a few days with Red and Verna whom we had met at Railton, and were pleased to catch up with again. It is just 15klm down the road from Sheffield. There was a lovely walk along the creek through rainforest setting.
We were lucky to spot two different echidnas during our stay, one in the camp area (see photo below) and the other on the walk we did up the mountain. While it was a great clear day, we couldn't make it all the way up to the top of Mt Roland but had a nice walk and picnic about halfway and before the climb became too steep for us. It was great to be able to gather firewood and cook on the open fire again.
It rained the next day, so we held off leaving until the next day again, when the sun came out. We had decided we would drive to Burnie via Cradle Mountain.
The road between O'Neills Creek and Cradle mountain was very windy and a bit steep, producing a few stifled shrieks from me.
I'm a little nervy sometimes, especially when the road just disappears and you have to drive around a corner in blind faith that it will still be there around the bend.
The beautiful clear sunny skies remained and we were able to walk around Dove Lake when we reached Cradle Mountain.
The following photo will become much more interesting if you hover over it with the mouse.
We finished our walk around 4pm and had time to drive down the range to Waratah where we found the council camping ground ($6 no power or amenities - $28 otherwise). I had a short walk and took a photo of the Waratah Waterwheel overlooking the valley and old tin mine in the distance.
The next day the weather had deteriorated and was cold, windy and rainy, with a little hail. Despite this, we were determined to do the town walk and following is a photo of Robyn enjoying our outing.
Waratah is an unusual town in that it has waterfall running right in the middle of the town:
It's very quiet and peaceful and while the rain is intermitent we stay inside the van and read, or do blogs or other stuff. Till next blog, see ya. PS we are looking forward to Thursday nights big event - Exhumed where our friends in the band Diddly Squat have made it into the final 6 and will perform at Rooty Hill in Sydney. It's on at 8pm Thursday 12th December 2013 on the ABC. Congratulations girls, have a fantastic time!