Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain

One of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks is the Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain. 

This walk is best done in a clockwise direction, and it takes you beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain which is also the start of the famous Overland Track walk.
The walk is 5.7km long and it took us about 2 hours plus stops to complete. 

Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain behind

We needed to make sure that we had adequate clothing as the weather can change quickly, as it did on this day with a few light snow showers.

Our No Worries Safaris Backpacker tour stopped off here in the early afternoon amidst some brisk weather, and we are all looking forward to our Night Safari (wildlife spotting) tonight.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Out & About in Tasmania

Winter is a great time to get out and about and see our state, Tasmania. 

We decided to drive to St Mary's from our place in Swansea and have a bit of a look around and chat to the locals.

One place that looked interesting was "Pings Place" in the high street. Pings Place is one of those interesting Knick Knack shops, where you will find almost anything that you may need at the last minute. 

More interestingly, there was a Ping Pong table (nothing to do with the shop's name) slap bang in the middle of the shop and before long I was rallying with the store owner Juang for over 30 minutes. Best fun I had all day. 

Feeling hungry we walked around the corner to the Purple Possum Cafe for a coffee and a snack. The Purple Possum has a great range of organic products, pastries, pies and cakes. The owner, Elaine and the staff where great. We even purchased an antique teapot from her collectables shop!

We will be going back really soon!

The Purple Possum Cafe

Has anyone been to Pings Place or the Purple Possum Cafe? Share your stories with us by commenting below.