Sumary of COVID-safe and comfortable: Tasmania the great escape from the pandemic:
- These falls are the only feature here in this part of Mount Field National Park to exceed the height of surrounding towering swamp gums, which can grow as high as 100 metres.
- We’re escorted by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, the award-winning Tasmanian company which pioneered adventure tourism on the island.
- Not long after our departure, Luke, our young wise-cracking coach captain announces our first stop: Hobart’s principal lap-dancing joint.
- Rod, our knockabout though kindly coach captain, greets each of the passengers with an electronic thermometer.
- We are on a protracted, ever-meandering drive, via Lake St Clair, the end point of Tasmania’s iconic Overland Track, and the gritty former mining town of Queenstown.
- At the river mouth, the vessel switches to “whisper mode”, or electric power, in respect of the precious nature of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness.
- As we drift along the idyllic river, as still as the departure lounge of an Australian international airport terminal, the reflections in the pristine water of the thickly-vegetated forests, studded with prized Huon pines, shimmer-like abstracted renditions on the surface.DAY FOUR TO SIX: STRAHAN TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN, 230 KILOMETRES The Boat Shed on Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.
- It’s a wrench to give up the multiple roaring fireplaces of Cradle Mountain Lodge, irresistibly set on the forested edge of the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, to which we’ve travelled north-east from Strahan.