The Father of Cradle Mt.
These are some images of ‘Waldheim’ which was the home of Gustav Weindorfer, acknowledged as the spiritual father of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St.Clair National Park.
‘Waldheim’ was built in 1912 from local timber that was all manually split for shingles and used for furniture etc.
Considering there were no roads into this area then, it is usually cloudy and drizzly and it can snow in the middle of summer, you’ve got to hand it to the people who made the area their home. Tough buggers!
But when you look at the surroundings you can’t help but think what an awesome place to live!
It’s a far cry from modern times where the area is a tourist mecca and is very carefully managed by the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure that the thousands of people who visit each year don’t completely wreck the area.
I was here early one morning, weather was crap for getting any decent images of Cradle Mt. Luckily it was too early for the tour buses so I had the place to myself for an hour, a rare experience!
Top stuff TIm – I actually like the second image best and thanks for the info on the place too.
November 5, 2009 at 8:18 am
No worries mate, I like that one too. Wish the info board wasn’t there though!
The whle area has a fascinating history and there are still some old timers around athough they are getting less each year unfortunately.
November 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm
I will be coming down your way next year Tim as I have a job looking after some boats being built at Austal Margate.
Will have to catch up for a photo shoot or 2 eh!
November 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm
That could be a bit difficult as I actually live in the Whitsundays!
However, I go down to Tasmania regularly to see my father and other family members.
Keep in touch anyway and we could possibly cross paths down there.
November 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm
I remember having lunch in that little old hut way back in Xmas 1990. My pack was too heavy, I was moving too fast and it was cold as buggery…awesome memories!!
November 12, 2009 at 9:18 am
yep that sounds like Cradle Mt! 🙂
Glad to see you made it back from the wilds of Kazakstan!
November 12, 2009 at 10:14 am
They kicked me out, no room for an ugly Aussie in Kyrgy.
November 12, 2009 at 10:31 am
Thanks for the photos. I love the second photo as well. I’m heading down there within the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait to get there.
January 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm
You’ll love it Jamie! Good shooting!
January 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm