Road Trip: Cradle Mountain

Ready to take a virtual road trip to Cradle Mountain?

I’ve picked up your favourite snacks, got a great playlist ready to go, and the tank is full of petrol.

All you need to do is buckle your seatbelt and settle in for the ride.

Cradle Mountain lies in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, here in Australia. Wildlife is plentiful, and the landscape is largely untouched and beautiful.

You’ll meet plenty of wombats, birds, and kangaroos.

We’ll drive along scenic highways, and past rolling farmlands packed with grazing sheep, cows, and horses.

Farm houses will give way to forests, natural land formations, and views of the ocean.

You ready?

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Tasmania is such a beautiful state, and I really felt at home there. The townships and landscapes aren’t so dissimilar from my homeland, New Zealand, so maybe that has something to do with it. Driving from Launceston to Cradle Mountain, I was so reminded of the farmlands in the South Island.

And the rugged landscape of Cradle Mountain National Park is much like that of Wilson’s Prom. Think: Wombats wandering free, mountains all around, and scrubby trees and brush everywhere you look.

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Getting There

Although it sits toward Tasmania’s far north, Cradle Mountain is fairly easily accessible, with multiple roads leading in to the National Park.

If you’re flying into Tasmania, Launceston is the closest airport, with a drive time of around 2 hours. But, if you have the time, Hobart is another great little city, only a 4 hour drive to Cradle Mountain.

Alternatively, you could instead take the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, which runs between Melbourne and Launceston, daily.

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Lodging

As per most National Park’s, there aren’t a great deal of accommodation options available in Cradle Mountain.

We were after a bit of luxury, so opted to stay at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. Our room was fully furnished, complete with kitchen (full of cutlery, crockery, and cookery), lounge with a roaring fireplace, bathroom, and a spa in the middle of the unit that looked out into the forest. Bliss!

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

What’s for Eating?

Aside from being tucked away in forest-land, one of the reasons we picked the Village was because of its on-site restaurant, Hellyers.

They were quite understaffed and possibly over-booked during our stay, thanks to a hens party. We did have a bit of a wait to be seated, however, the waiting room was cosy, with plush armchairs and a fireplace, and was right next to the bar. The food was certainly worth the wait: tender meat, local produce, and scrumptious desserts. What more could you ask for?

Activities

Unfortunately we weren’t treated to the best weather during our time in Cradle Mountain. On arrival, we explored Ronny Creek and part of the Overland Track, hiking up to the Waldheim Cabins before the sun set. On our way back down we saw a baby wombat peeking out of its mothers pouch. A rare treat.

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

The next day it poured with rain! So we got some lovely and moody shots of Dove Lake, but weren’t game enough to hike up to the Glacier Rock. The wind and rain made it pretty unstable underfoot, and we didn’t have the appropriate gear to climb safely.

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Road Trip to Cradle Mountain

Have you been to Cradle Mountain before?

What did you get up to?
If not, have I made you want to visit now?

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Author: Michelle

Michelle Harvey is a kiwi traveller, writer, photographer, list-maker, coffee drinker, and wanderer. Winter holidays are her favourite kind.

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