Hearty breakfast again and loading luggage on the coach and away again to Zeehan. A quick look at the old theatre and other beautiful old buildings, some steam trains and town tour of this once busy mining town. It was once known as The Silver City because of the silver and lead once mined here. We continue north through small towns that once had great significance in the mining times. Rainforests, mountains and a mine still being used and also more power sites along the way to Cradle Mountain National Park. We were even able to see Cradle Mountain in the distance so we knew it was going to be a great siting once we got into the park.
On arrival into the Cradle Mountain National Park we had time for morning tea from the coach and a quick look at the shop before boarding our shuttle buses for our tour to Dove Lake at the base of Cradle Mountain. From there were moved onto Waldheim ,the home of Gustav Weindorffer. We heard the amazing story of him and his wife living in their mountain home in the early 20th century. The viewing at Dove Lake was very clear so once again we were lucky as not everyone gets to see it all so clear.
After this tour it was onto lunch at The Cradle Mountain Hotel and to view art at The Wilderness Gallery. Then it was on to the scenic coastal route to Burnie, Penguin and then to Smithton. In Burnie we saw the Dawn Princess leaving port and some of our passengers had cruised on this cruise ship with us in September. The scenic drive through the mountains and then the coast was beautiful. Some very tight corners to go around and loaded log trucks to follow but it was all worth it with what we saw. The letterbox trail was very interesting as each farm had a different theme for their mail to be put in. Looking at the mountains we were able to see Mt Rowland from Sheffield. Dinner and drinks again at the hotel along with a few laughs.
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