Paved paradise

By: paulhassing

Jan 16 2013

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I just spent three days honouring my father-in-law’s 70th birthday wish to return to his favourite place on earth.

I used to think Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain was spectacular no matter which way you cut it.

But now I see that, due to its extraordinary popularity, it’s cut in twain with a car park.

I certainly can’t complain. I was part of the crowd stomping on and gawking at this erstwhile wilderness.

But as I turned to leave, Joni Mitchell’s song leapt to mind.

I don’t know what the answer is.

Perhaps you do.


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5 comments on “Paved paradise”

  1. G’day Paul,

    Yep! I thought exactly the same thing when I was there in 2011. But how’s the drive into this national park? Did the last 10klms look like a nuclear wasteland? It did the 3 times I went there…disturbing to say the least. A national park surrounded by devastated mismanaged landscapes.

    Oh! And my answer is ‘Simon & Garfunkel’ ;-P

    Cheers mate…

    Stephen G

    • You got it in one, Stephen. Our very own 3D ‘before-and-after’ shot. At least there are strong signs of wishing to make amends. I was most impressed with the preventative and remedial measures I saw. Best regards, P. 🙂

  2. I don’t know the answer either. Better an organised carpark than a free for all? You should have stood closer to the mountain?? At least there’s no pink hotel??? Nice observations. I hope you had a fine trip!

    • Hi, Ad. I may well be guilty of being a car-park-half-full kind of guy. I’ve nothing but praise for how the (wilderness) park is managed. Private cars are discouraged in favour of buses. There’s a strong sense much is being done to protect the place. But the sheer number of folk on the trails is overwhelming. That said, the trip was mighty fine indeed. Kind regards, P. 🙂

  3. Ooh! That’s such an ‘up’ riposte to my, on reflection, rather tawdry, leftist, doom-saying. 🙂 Indeed, you are of course correct…I thought the actual Mountain was a nice touch…and the wombat. ;-P

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