|Driving along the Lyell Highway we headed to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The name sounded very familiar to Dan as she remembered back in the 1980s when the Gordon and Franklin Rivers were the subject of one of Australia's largest conservation efforts.The movement that eventually led to the proposed dam project's cancellation became one of the most significant environmental campaigns in Australian history.
This part of the Tasmania like many others is truly unique and beautiful. Much of the landscape has been shaped by ancient glaciers and is remote and rugged. The area has ancient Huon Pines that grow to an age of over 3000 years!
We did some invigorating walks through beautiful rainforests in the park, one to the stunning Nelson Falls and the other a nature trail. It was magical walking through the rainforest, the air was so fresh and everything was so green and lush. There were so many different sorts of fungi, lichen and moss.
As we'd had such average weather in Cradle Mountain we decided to try our luck at the the other end of the park in Lake St Clair. While it didn't rain it was cloudy and the temperature was a crisp 8 degrees!
It was amazing to learn that Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest freshwater lake and was carved out by glaciers over millions of years. It is located at the southern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
We stayed in the campground adjacent to the park, for the price the amenities were very basic and disappointing.
We had dinner at the lovely Lake St Clair Lodge. Grae had his best beers at the lodge, they were also his most expensive.