I agreed this morning that we should do the Ronnie Creek to Dove Lake walk which was said to take 2 hours but that doesn’t allow for all my huff breaks and photo stops. We’d just started out and Alex was wondering how many people fell off the boardwalk when he stepped back to take a photo and the tally went up by one. The first part of the boardwalk went over a big area of Button Grass and it was obvious lots of Wombats called the area home. I thought some probably made their homes under the boardwalk and it reminded me of the Billy Goats Gruff and the troll.
The boardwalks were very well maintained, and the views glorious. We’ve been very lucky here with the weather, there has been very little wind and only a couple of light showers during the night. We did think Cradle Mountain would be completely shrouded in mist today but we were able to see it most of the time. Before we set out we both bought beanies and certainly needed them most of the time but after strenuous walks uphill we had to shed the beanies had open our jackets. We ate our lunch at the summit of Wombat Peak and watched walkers fit and unfit arrive and depart in various directions. Some headed up towards Marion’s Lookout and I considered doing the same before sanity kicked in much to Alex’s relief.
After our lunch break we set off towards Wombat Pool and then back to Dove Lake. Just as we arrived at the carpark we saw the Shuttle Bus about to leave so we waved to the driver and he waited for us. He was full of ideas out the best tracks to take and we followed his advice and took the Enchanted Walk. The exertions made Alex think he was entitled to a second lunch so we went to Cradle Mountain Lodge Tavern for pizza and hot drinks. We were delayed by a lovely woolly Wombat which was enjoying its lunch beside the path and paid us far less attention than we gave it.
With a fresh battery in my camera we set off on the King Billy Walk which went through the most amazing vegetation of mosses, lichens, liverworts on enormous trees. Fallen trunks were completely covered in bright green moss. The Geriatric Geezer is now an expert on Snowgums, Deciduous Beech, Pencil Pines and King Billy Pines. I can tell you that Wombat poo is like a miniature version of horse poo, just ground up grass and I can also tell you that Bennett’s Wallabies are not always grey but sometimes a gorgeous cream colour.
I’ll be sorry to leave this great place, the way the buildings and campsites have been created and organised is fantastic. In Summer it’s crowded with people so although it’s been cold, I’m glad we came at this time of year, we’ve had space to really appreciate the environment.