Upon arriving at Cradle Mountain, the group split into two with one group heading over Marion’s Lookout down to Waterfall Valley whilst the other group headed over Hanson’s Peak to the Scott Kilvert Memorial Hut. Here the weather threw out its first challenge, showering us with icy rain and snow. It was a wet and cold start, but the incredibly beautiful view of Cradle Mountain elegantly standing above it all, was a sight to remember.
As each day progressed, the weather continued to surprise us with an amazing two days allowing one group to summit Mt Ossa with perfectly clear skies, whilst the other group found an incredible waterfall in a valley filled with giant Pandani’s and Myrtle trees.
One of the most stimulating moments for everyone was seeing the geology in real life, from the giant glacial valleys to the million-year-old conglomerate with fossils encased. As each group walked along, we tested our flora and fauna knowledge, identifying the different plants and the calls of the birds from the distance.
We also enjoyed hearing stories about the Trappers and Snarers, who turned into the first tour guides and rangers of the National Park. History behind the mining era was also shared, bringing to life the vast and varied story of the Cradle Valley region.
The final three days saw the rain settle in deep and it was a wet finish to a remarkable walk. Huge congratulations to all the students for pushing through the rain and snow, keeping spirits high and for completing one of Australia’s most iconic walks.
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