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Journeys : June July 2009
I have discovered on such walks that is possible to feel entirely happy, to look at water and forests that go on as far as the eye can see, and to understand something of time. And beauty. Mt Ida It is fed by snowmelt, rainfall, rivers and springs all year round. I knew unequivocally that global warming was real when my children and I swam for almost an hour off the rocks below Echo Point two summers ago. One of my favourite walks is the round trip up to Shadow Lake and back past Mt Rufus. That circle track has almost all the same moments of vegetation as the Overland Track but in miniature – buttongrass, heath, deep rainforest, light-filled myrtle forest, pandani, lakes, rivers and always mountains cradling the horizon – all in the space of a few hours. But there are other walks equally rewarding at Lake St Clair – the quiet walk along the shore to the long beaches to the east, the dawn and dusk strolls along the Overland Track to Platypus Bay for a glimpse of that elusive creature emerging from its burrow and slipping into the silver water. And of course the trip up the lake by boat to Narcissus or Echo Point, and the trek back. I have discovered on such walks that is possible to feel entirely happy, to look at water and forests that go on as far as the eye can see, and to understand something of time. And beauty. Mt Olympus Watersmeet June / July 09 43 Tourism Tasmania and Geoff Murray Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh Tourism Tasmania and Don Fuchs
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