The weather is changeable and we’re not well equipped for a serious hike.
Fortunately there are short walks from the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre that suit us perfectly.
As more intrepid adventurers stride in, drop their packs and order pizzas, having completed their 7-day trek along the famous Overland Track, we set out for a stroll along the lakeside to Watersmeet, carrying nothing but a camera. There is something different about Tasmanian forest. While the eucalyptus trees look similar to those on the mainland, in the island forest they’re joined by the horizontal foliage of myrtle beech, and the moss and lichens add colour at eye level.
On a day like today, Lake St Clair constantly changes; it’s clear and blue one minute, then grey and choppy the next.
We’re hoping to see wildlife. There are plenty of birds, but the only animals we spot are a pademelon (a sort of small wallaby) and an echidna. Both scuttle away before I can pull out the camera. Probably we’d see more if we hung around a campsite as night was falling and the possums come out looking for food left in the tents of the unwary.
But by dusk the weather has closed in, and we were foraging ourselves, back at our salubrious accommodation at Pumphouse Point.
The writer was the guest of Tourism Tasmania and Pumphouse Point.