It was 9 April 2014, Day 4 of our trip in Tasmania.
After taking breakfast in the cottage, we set out to take a stroll of the town. We noticed from the past few days that in most of the small towns, business closes on Mondays. On the other days, shops are open normally at 10am. Not far from the town, there is a cruise wharf for seal and dolphin watching but it is not available till 10am. This is truly a quiet town waking up, especially early in the morning.
We went up to the Nut’s summit on foot instead of taking the chairlift, which costs $14 for a return ride. Walking up takes 20 minutes, but the steep slope may cause some difficulties especially for people with mobility problems (Level of Difficulty is 3). Making a round trip on the summit may take up to an hour or far less for young ones. The view on the summit was much gorgeous if it was not overcast.
We took our lunch in Hersey Seafood, a restaurant recommended by some locals. Indeed after we took our seats, many customers, mostly tourists, came to eat in or buy takeaways. The chowder soup was nice. A seafood basket for one person is $27. The prices on the menu are not significantly higher than that of Sydney. You can also order fresh lobsters or other seafood from the store on the ground floor.
After lunch, we headed back to the same butcher in Somerset to buy eye fillets for a simpler dinner with vegetables in our self-cater cabin lodges. The meat was cut fresh and absolutely tasty. Unfortunately I have already gained significant weight in these days. Weight-watching must be in place.
We used the iOS Maps app on the iPad for car direction to the Cradle Mountain. At the beginning it seemed smarter than a GPS device, yelling at me to return to the right track if I did a wrong turn. But after some sudden turns and filling up fuel at a gas station, it started to behave strangely. It gave us nonsense instructions, like asking us to make a turn in the middle of a highway! At the end we had enough and decided to end this app and follow the road signs. Come on Apple! Please make sure Maps does not cause any hazards to drivers who put the trust on you.
The route C136 to Cradle Mountain was very humid and slippery under the unpredictable weather. We could hardly see any blue sky nor pause from time to time to take some photos although the condition was not adverse. At the end we took C132 (Cradle Mountain Road) and arrived at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village without much drama. We were shortly allocated to two lodges.
While we continued to drive slowly and cautiously to our cabin lodges, a giant wombat at the side of the road was trying to cross the driveway in front of us. The tourists in the distance signalled us to stop the car. We knew the wombat must be crawling elegantly with its oversized body at our front wheels. The wombat may be seen suicidal but we were interested in knowing that they have their own area of interest. If you are a photographer with a positive mind, everything is an object of desire through your lens. John Ruskin once said, ” Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” Absolutely true.