It was very hot in Tasmania over the New Year period. We usually hike “out of season” when the days are cool and the nights cold and clear. It usually rains or there is heavy weather.
On this trip, out back of Cradle Mountain to celebrate New Year, it was HOT! We struggled with the heat and reflections off the hot track.
It was fun, of course, great fun!
We headed into a Lake not too far from the Overland Track and set up camp. Being a bit circumspect here as the area is delicate and there are no toilets so it is not a campsite we would want to see overrun.
It was late afternoon by the time we had set up and the sun was starting to drop thankfully.
We had carried in plenty of nibbles, some wine and a small bottle of Coke (to mix with the bourbon of course)
Alone on the beach, it was calm and warm. The mosquitoes decided it was time to wake up.
As the evening progressed we enjoyed a chicken curry and rice for dinner. Nice and simple for a quick bushwalking meal.
The red wine was tasting quite good but our friends, the mozzies, were very hungry. This was made worse by our small supply of bug repellent.
It was an early night with us, well asleep before midnight. We stayed for two nights at this spot, enjoying a relaxed New Years Day. The trip out to our hire car at Cradle Mountain was broken up by a night at Waterfall Valley. We met lots of great people heading off to walk the Overland Track. It was fun to watch them set up on their first night out.
All in all, a terrific way to spend New Years Eve as part of a short Tasmanian holiday.
What did you get up to on New Years Eve this year? Were you out and about with friends, camping, bushwalking or working?
Shoot us a comment below, we would love to hear what you got up to.
Oh, if you want to check out more photos of our Tasmanian holiday, Sue put up an album over at Our Hiking Blog facebook page. They include Maria Island, Hobart, camping and eating!