Friday, 8 November 2013

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A Place of Tranquillity


Editor's Note: Today my wife, Sarah, writes for the first time on ISOALLO about our recent trip to Tasmania and where we found a place of tranquillity among the pines, far removed from our surprisingly busy Sydney environment. I hope you like her post. I'm obviously biased but I think it's great. 

Life for many of us is busy and hectic. We often struggle to find the time to “stop and smell the roses”. 

A large part of our search to find a life a less ordinary is discovering a place of tranquillity where we can live our lives. A place that is quiet, serene and surrounded by nature. 

We’ve been lucky enough to visit some remarkable places on our travels that radiate an energy which makes you feel relaxed and at ease - from winter chalets on the slopes of the Whistler-Blackcomb mountains to sun blissed P&O cruises around Europe and the Mediterranean.

We were therefore excited when offered the opportunity to visit one of those extraordinary locations again - Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Pencil Pine Cabins at the Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania

The lodge itself, along with individual accommodation cabins, is surrounded by the pristine wilderness of World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

As we drive up to our spa suite cabin, I can imagine it being our own little hideaway to escape from the hustle and bustle of the world beyond. Firewood is stacked up outside our door ready to use in the open fireplace and we even have a wombat waiting to greet us at the cabin as we arrive. Now that’s what I call a true Australian wilderness experience!

The interior of our cabin incorporates locally crafted Tasmanian wood furnishings, soft shades of green linen drape across the bed, slate tiling covers the huge bathroom and my favourite thing - luxurious bath and shower products that leave me feeling refreshed and invigorated. 

Once we’re settled in and enjoying the peace and quiet of it all, it’s time to think about what to enjoy for dinner. We have the choice of opting for fine dining in the romantic setting of the Highland Restaurant or, if we fancy something a little more casual, especially after travelling, then the Tavern Bar is a great option.

The environment here makes me feel so relaxed.

It has a certain vibe that we look for when we need a break away together. I also love having a mixture of things to do when we’re away and there are no shortage of options here. 

For a weekend of absolute relaxation, I can highly recommend taking time to visit the Waldheim Alpine Spa. On our last visit here, we enjoyed the dedicated therapeutic area know as The Sanctuary. This includes a steam room, hot tub and relaxation lounge with serene views over the Pencil Pine River. Need I say more!

This way to the Alpine Spa at Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania

For the more adventurous, the best way to get out and explore the wilderness is to stretch your legs on one of the many different walking tracks in the area. This experience gives us a true sense of the local environment's diversity ranging from walking amongst open moorlands and heaths to temperate rainforests, steep gorges and forested valleys.

On this particular trip we choose the latter and, after a long day hiking around Dove Lake, I find myself curled up on the sofa in our cabin with a large glass of red in my hand while reflecting on our time here at Cradle Mountain. 

This is a place of sheer tranquillity.

I feel so calm here. I can hear myself think again. It’s only when I'm in an environment like this that I realise how busy and hectic our life on Sydney's Northern Beaches actually is. It's a beautiful part of the world with many cafes, activities and beaches to choose from but, as with any popular place, you're sharing it with tens of thousands of other people.

Experiencing the Cradle Mountain wilderness in Tasmania

So I find myself in a calm and serene environment like Cradle Mountain and I ask myself whether I escape to tranquil places just to recharge my batteries or would it be better to live life full time in this kind of environment?

Would I miss the hustle and bustle of living close to a city, finding this place boring after a while? 

I’d love to hear other people’s perspectives on this. 

Have you moved from a hectic lifestyle or busy city to your own “place of tranquillity”? Or do you think there’s room for both kinds of living – the frantic and also the tranquil? 

Tourism Tasmania hosted us for the four-day road trip across Tasmania as part of part of the Go Behind The Scenery campaign.



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15 comments:

Laura Fortey said... Add Reply

Great read Sarah! You completely made me feel like I was there! Look forward to your next post ;)

Carole said... Add Reply

Who knew!!! Well written my friend :) Sounds like a great place to go with a good book.. Look forward to your next post xxx

Lynn Lees said... Add Reply

Lovely! You have made me want to put Tasmania on my bucket list.

Johanna said... Add Reply

Sounds divine! I would be tempted to live there and be looking at house prices on the internet!!

Sarah Ward said... Add Reply

Thanks Laura :) It really is an amazing place. I wondered how many other people out there think about moving away from big cities or busy/hectic communities but are fearful of life being a little dull?

Sarah Ward said... Add Reply

Hey you x So nice of you to comment. I was a bit nervous about putting up my post. It really is a great place to read a good book, not TV to distract you for a start!. I'll have to find another great place to visit so I can write another post.

Sarah Ward said... Add Reply

Hi Lynn, thanks :) Tasmania would be a great place to include on your bucket list. Cradle Mountain would be a 'must see', it is just so relaxing there.

Sarah Ward said... Add Reply

Yes Johanna, we are on the same wavelength. Very tempting :)

Russell V J Ward said... Add Reply

Me too. Also hope to have you post on here again soon :)

Russell V J Ward said... Add Reply

Singapore next? ;)

Russell V J Ward said... Add Reply

Well worth the visit, Lynn. Such a compact island that you can do any number of fantastic road trips within a couple of days. As Sarah says, Cradle Mountain is a favourite of ours!

Russell V J Ward said... Add Reply

And I think prices are quite reasonable over there :)

Lynn Lees said... Add Reply

Sounds good, we love road trips! Just done 3,400 clicks round the South Island of New Zealand. :)

Russell V J Ward said... Add Reply

Good effort! We've driven from Christchurch to Queenstown and back again - beautiful countryside - and we wanted to explore more. Sure you had a fantastic time :)

accidentally seasoned hobo said... Add Reply

Beautiful post. I came here looking for pics that were promised in one of the last posts, and was rewarded well. I cannot really say that I have chosen to live anywhere. I grew up in one of the busiest of cities you can imagine in Asia...and then lived in southern africa (small town), many small towns in the US and Washington DC, another mid sized city in the Pacific and now in what i consider a small town (the inhabitants here, who have moved here from 'smaller towns'--consider it the metropolis, those from up north, consider it a tropical town, and yes I live in Sweden, its all relative you know !! :) and have often considered moving to a slightly bigger town, or a city--other than finding job and absolute exhaustion from having lived in a few countries, I have realized that in the end what makes a place is ---people. I have had to move. So have learnt to let go. IN our busy life, not many people become that important to us. But when they do, they transform us. The first time I left the city I grew up in, I felt that I would miss so much....friends, family, culture. For the first few months I wrote the number of times I missed my favorite TV shows (was quite young) and then slowly the southern african town with completely opposite seasons took over, I loved watching goats in my yard....and waking up to rooster calls. While life back home moved ahead, I became a new person without much need for walls and definitions. Identity wise we all struggle, whether or not we leave home...that is just the nature of life today. I did miss culture and today two decades later I still wonder. But I know....that a major portion of our journey is to carry of piece of us within us---as memories, songs, images, sounds, smells. For it is in the piecing of it together, we become complete. Will we consider a quieter paced life dull? some of us..but physically we can be in one place at one time....in our minds we can inhabit many places....and the best part today is that we have choices...and with choices come responsibilities, dreams...and often indecision!! :)) (sorry it got too long, did not mean to it be that way....Sarah, look you made me think....here is something that might fit here..."But as shadows lengthen across the window, thoughts turn to homecoming. Journey's end. Because in a sense, it's the coming back, the return which gives meaning to the going forth. We really don't know where we've been until we've come back to where we were. Only, where we were may not be as it was because of who we've become. Which is, after all, why we left."

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