LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > CRADLE MOUNTAIN – LAKE ST. CLAIR NATIONAL PARK AND THE OVERLAND TRACK – TASMANIA > Mossy Forest (Mt. Rufus Track, Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park features a variety of different landscapes including buttongrass moorlands, temperate rainforests and untamed alpine areas and mountain peaks. It is home to many precious endemic and endangered plants and animals, such as Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles and 1000+ year old King Billy pines.
Lake St. Clair heralds the end of the 65 km (40 mi) Overland Track at the southern end of Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. At a maximum depth of 200m (656′), Lake St. Clair is Australia’s deepest lake. “Leeawuleena” is the Tasmanian aboriginal word for Lake St. Clair, meaning ‘sleeping water’, the region itself being rich with aboriginal history.
The track to Mt. Rufus is long (19 km (12 mi)) and moderately demanding, but it features stunning views of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area and some of the most variable scenery in Tasmania. This photograph of a forest covered in different coloured mosses and lichens was taken from the Mt. Rufus track and is perhaps my personal favourite area around Lake St. Clair.