We were in for a “lazy” day of some kind today. We drove one hour to the visitor center a Cradle Mountain Park to check if we could drive to the Dove Lake Parking ourselves or if we would have to take the shuttle as only a limited number of cars is allowed in. Once again we noticed that it’s not “high season” (yet) as the parkinglot was less than half filled.
From here there’s an “easy” walk of 6Km around the lake that should take 2 hours to complete. It was a nice walk with ever increasing sunshine but shortly after the midway point the track took a cut off from the lakeside and went steep up hill for a while. Fortunately, what goes up must come down but not before taking several resting stops. After about 3 hours we were back at the car, ready to continue to Queenstown, and old mining village where we booked our next accommodation.
When we arrived we felt like we entered an old western, the town seemed deserted with almost no-one in the streets. After checking in we went looking for food and a shop. Many shops had seen better days and were closed but we found one “fish and chips” place open and nearby was a small supermarket for our on the road supplies.