A few weeks ago, B and I drove up to Lake Pedder to stay at the wilderness lodge there for the weekend with my Dad and Step-Mum. This area of the state is notorious for it’s bad weather (read: lots of rain and snow) but despite the bleak forecast, we actually had a few hours of sunshine and were able to squeeze in a few short walks, including a one hour hike up the Needles – though it was pretty much straight uphill the whole time, the walk was fairly easy with plenty of rest points along the way with good vantage points. The up hill effort was definitely worth it with amazing views at the top that luckily coincided with the break in rain and therefore we had fairly good visibility of surrounding area which was just stunning. The climb back down was actually much harder and slower, as due to all the rainfall we were effectively walking down a steep stream (read: very slippery) the whole time. Poor B was very patient with me as I am known to take a lot longer going down mountains than up them due to my very particular and careful footing!
After lunch, the sky started to close in a bit, so we put our raincoats on and tackled a nearby haf-hour walk through the bush – the vegetation was quite thick so it sheltered us from most of the rain. Though if you’ve ever been for a walk in the Australian bush in the rain, you’ll now that the fresh scent of the forest is well worth it.
This area of the State is truly beautiful, and as the road petters out to a dead end shortly after Lake Pedder, and the nearest town being over an hours drive back in the other direction, it definitely feels very remote. I don’t know if I would do it justice to put into words the beauty of the area, so I will let my photos do it for me.