One of the lucky trav­ellers

Mercury (Hobart) - - YOUR TASMANIA -

MY first visit to Cra­dle Moun­tain in the early 1980s was a mind-blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The sheer majesty and raw na­ture of the place was sim­ply awe-in­spir­ing. I par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber the si­lence, the soli­tude and the feel­ing of be­ing so priv­i­leged to be able to visit a place of such un­spoilt beauty and unique wilder­ness. Over the years, the si­lence and soli­tude of Cra­dle Moun­tain has been grad­u­ally eroded as this iconic place has been “found” and com­mer­cialised lead­ing to the loved-todeath la­bel be­ing now at­trib­uted to Cra­dle. So I do in­deed con­sider my­self one of the lucky peo­ple who was able to en­joy and marvel in this amaz­ing place be­fore the 268,000 (and ris­ing) tourists a year de­scended on it. What a loss to us all and where will it all end?

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