The Park is a great place to view some local wildlife, as it is home to pademelons, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, wombats, quolls, possums and more. It's also been designated as an Important Bird Area, being the habitat of quite a few of Tasmania's endemic bird species.
After stopping to wander around a bit looking for a few photo opportunities of the mountain, I didn't stick around too long thanks to a very brisk breeze that kept things cool, even though summer had begun. The next stop was at my accommodation for the evening - Lemonthyme Lodge in Moina, about 30 minutes drive from the National Park. This was the sort of place that you don't just stumble across, you really need to be looking for it. Of course, I had booked it from the Cradle Mountain Hotels page before I arrived in Tassie, as I do with most of my hotels. I'm so glad that I arrived in the daylight and was able to get a good look at this 'lodge'. I use quotation marks because this place was actually a huge log cabin! Set in the middle of the rainforest, blending in to its surroundings, I have to say I found a gem. The cabins were extremely comfortable and very private. Just outside the lodge that evening I was treated to a mini wildlife show! Slowly, out of the scrub, I watched as several different critters made their way closer to the lodge looking for food. Unfortunately, it was just on dark, so none of my photos came out very well.
Making my way towards Launceston the next day, I stopped en route to tour the Marakoopa Cave near Mole Creek. I know some people who say that if you've seen one cave, you've seen them all; but I have to respectfully disagree with that. The guide I had for this tour was very knowledgeable, but the best part was that he was funny. For me, a little humour goes a long with with helping to learn about stuff. I will warn you, it can get a little chilly underground, so I suggest taking a jumper with you, regardless of the outside temperature.
|Stunning formations in the cave|
|Evandale Post Office|