The Bath House at Waldheim Chalet, Cradle Mountain by TonyCrehan

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Featured in National Parks of Australia Group on 06/01/12

Featured in The Best Of Anything And Everything Group on 09/18/12

Challenge Winner in Shelters Challenge

Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot on 28 April 2012.
Minor adjustments to lighting and sharpening in PSE 9.

Waldheim Chalet was originally built between 1912 and the early 1920s. It was largely the vision and dedication of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer that led to both the construction of the chalet and the creation of the Cradle Mountain national park.

The Weindorfers purchased 200 acres of land in a valley near Cradle Mountain. Gustav started to build an alpine chalet next to an ancient forest of King Billy pines which by Christmas 1912 was ready to receive his first guests. He called the chalet “Waldheim” meaning “forest home” and it became a place of hospitality and comfort to many visitors over the years that followed. Tragically, Kate died in 1916 after a long illness and Gustav moved permanently to Waldheim.

It is a moving tale, often of great hardship, but with the hospitality and determination of this exceptional man as a recurring theme.

The chalet was extended several times. In 1919 Gustav built this bath house, supplied by a wooden channel that brought freezing water straight from the creek simply by pulling on a plug.

Gustav campaigned tirelessly to see the Cradle Mountain area reserved.
It is now a World Heritage Listed Area.

Currently working with independent schools in Tasmania

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 2 years ago

    So interesting!!!

  • Yes Kim, It’s a fascinating story isn’t it? Thank you for adding this to your favourites. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago

    Mysterious and lovely!

  • Glad you like it Qnita. The place has a kind of fairy tale look about it doesn’t it? Thanks for adding this to your favourites. tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful capture Tony – Love this xx
    Great info too ..

  • So pleased that you like it Gail. Thanks for your fave and generous comment.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 2 years ago

    A really lovely shot Tony!

    Gabe :)

  • Thank you for favouring and commenting on my Waldheim series Gabe. I found it a really fascinating place and perfect for adding textures and tones. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Simon Duckworth
    Simon Duckworthover 2 years ago

    nicely done

  • Thanks Simon.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 2 years ago

    A beautiful image Tony.

  • Thanks Michael. Always a pleasure just to view your fabulous Hanging Rock banner again.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Rene.

    – TonyCrehan

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 2 years ago

    You have tied for the win of our Avatar Challenge
    Great job!
    I will post each of the four winners images as the avatar for one week and your image will be featured on our Home page our Permanent Winner’s Gallery and our Facebook page

    your host,

  • Thanks for the fabulous news April. Congratulations to all the winners and placegetters.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your win, superb work.

  • Thank you Nigel for your comment and appreciate your fave too.

    – TonyCrehan

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