The mountains of The Central Highlands of Tasmania are divided into three distinct regions, Cradle Mountain, the Walls of Jerusalem, and the Central Plateau. Both Cradle Mountain and the Central Plateau of Tasmania are very significant for me for several really good reasons. The Walls of Jerusalem are less significant because I never went there. You have to walk in and camp and that’s not something we did a lot of.
My dad worked for the Hydroelectric Commission, or the Hydro as we call it, early in his career setting up the infrastructure on the Central Plateau, which resulted in Tasmania being 100% powered by Hydroelectricity. My brother also completed his apprenticeship with the Hydro. We went fishing religiously and caught lots of big Trout in the lakes that power the Hydro.
I went bushwalking with my mother and sister at Cradle Mountain every week for quite a while and I’m pretty sure we walked almost every single track in the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area. It is our favourite place on this earth.
My sister also lived and worked at the Cradle Mountain Lodge and I was very jealous, because living and working amongst all that beauty would be so amazing.