Wombats to You

Sunday looked like it would be a fair sort of day so we set out for Sheffield and on to Cradle Mountain. Motoring down the road we came across a signpost pointing to Nowhere Else 2 Km, didn’t think much of it but after several more kilometres was another signpost Nowhere Else 3 Km, well its time to go check it out so a sharp right turn and up a country lane. It felt like some of the lanes we went down in England. On we went not aware of how far we had travelled when we came to a T junction with a sign pointing back the way we had come. Nowhere Else 2 Km had we blinked? So Nowhere Else is in Tassie if you find it let me know.

Nowhere Else?

Nowhere Else?

Turned right bewildered, and continued on to Sheffield. Sheffield is known for its murals. It seems that every vertical surface has a painting on it. Some depict the business that is conducted in the building, others historical events in the area.

Sheffield Mural

Sheffield Mural

World of Marbles

World of Marbles

Also in the town is a marble shop, The World of Marbles, you know the game you once played at school. Not only are there marbles but glass bowl and jewellery. The most intriguing part is the marble towers that have marbles drop from the top and follow various paths to the bottom where they are lifted back to the top. There were several different models and unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take a photo so you will just have to come and see yourself.
Sheffield also has and old style clothing store, Slaters Est 1899. We were tempted inside by some half priced items displayed on the footpath. Pam bought some lovely knee high boots and I brought a outdoor vest. The store had an old timber counter and a small set of steps for children to use to see over the counter. Great shop and great prices.

Slaters

Slaters

Mount Roland dominates the western skyline in Sheffield and you skirt around its base as you continue on to Cradle Mountain. Not far pass Mount Roland we took a turnoff to a lookout and on the way we caught up to a maroon Nissan Navaro with Qld plates. I said to Pam I think that may be from the van parked next to us in Davenport and when we stopped at the lookout it was the people next door and they had seen us in Stanley the day before. We caught up again at Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain.
On the way to the lake Pam and I saw our first ever live wombat in the wild but as the track is narrow you are unable to stop for photos. We took some photos at Robby Creek and was about to continue on to Dove lake when we noticed another wombat but this time we were able to “shoot” him.

Robby's Wombat

Robby’s Wombat

Cradle Mountain and some of the surrounding peaks still had snow on them. The sun was out but the wind was very chilly so we elected not to go for a paddle in Dove Lake.

Cradle Mountain & Dove Lave

Cradle Mountain & Dove Lave

At the turnoff to the main road sat another wombat debating wether to cross or not. He made a wise decision and turned tail and headed back into the bush. Road kill is a big problem all over Tasmania with possums, devils, potoroos, wallabies and wombats every where along the roadsides and is even deterring some visitors from coming to the Apple Isle

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