We arrived at Cradle Mountain in the late afternoon and went for a couple of hikes after an early dinner to see animals around dusk, and it was an awesome plan that worked beyond expectations. We saw more animals in those few hours than the entire day after that.
nice dinner at our hotel after we arrived and before a dusk/sunset walk
We found this little guy eating grass and totally unfraid
it didn't even mind being pet, which is unusual as adult wombats are usually not friendly
lots of wombats came out in the evening to go forage
more wallabies than we could count
we were hoping for this water hole to be overrun, but it wasn't
but we found some elsewhere
then I got super lucky and spotted this echidna
This was a great few hours out, the most wildlife we've never seen. After all that, we got some good sleep and got up bright and early the next morning for hiking the overland track all the way up to cradle mountain peak:
Wild life was limited, most animals stay put during the day:
The problem is that my hiking boots totally failed, the sole peeled off both of them:. I used the very limited amounts of duct tape I had, and then Jennifer's head band, and twisty ties, but honestly it barely held things together:
this is the peak we climbed, it was very steep and rocky at the top, and very hard with my broken shoes
the trail kind of disappeared
and it got worse from here
finally got to the top
Getting back down was not fun, especially with my broken shoes. It was actually kind of dangerous since I didn't know when my shoes were going to fail and slip, but eventually we got back to the trail, and finished the loop going towards the lake.
I did an Arturo at the top
we got back down to the lake
We eventually got back to Rony Creek bus stopped and got a ride back to the parking lot, picked up our car and then I drove to Strahan for our next 2 days.