Our three day, whirlwind Tasmanian adventure started off in the misty rainforest of Mount Field. On day two, however, we were determined to get away from the rainclouds and into some fresh mountain air.
After camping the night in the Mount Field camp ground, we set off early to head further west towards Southwest National Park. This drive took us through dense alpine forest and over the ridge line toward Lake Pedder. We eventually reached the car park to the Mount Eliza/Mount Anne track just after sunrise. Not that we could see the mountains however, as we were blanketed in a thick layer of fog.
The first section of the climb is a challenging hike up to about 1000m, to the appropriately named 'High Hut'. I'm sad to say we never even made it this far! As we reached the first knoll after a solid vertical climb, we broke through the cloud cover and were treated to a beautiful cloud inversion against the mountains. We climbed for a little while longer before stopping to capture the clouds as they sunk into the valley below. We had about half an hour, maybe longer, before the sun broke over the peak of Mount Anne, and the clouds once again began to rise, engulfing us as they went.
The walk to Mount Eliza takes around 6 hours return, longer to the summit of Mount Anne. We ran out of time to continue, but from what I have read, the hike only gets more challenging, though it's certainly worth it for the stunning 360 degree views from the top.