The Bath House at Waldheim Chalet, Cradle Mountain


Hobart, Australia

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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.

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