Since visting Cradle Mountain last year a few people have ask me for recommendations on how to plan a short getaway. Please read on if you would like to know how I planned our 4 day trip from Sydney.
Transport : Flights from Sydney to Launceston were pretty well priced and the flight itself is only 2 hours. We opted to pick up a hire care at Launceston Airport . The drive to Cradle Mountain is about 2 hours from the Airport - so easy!
Accommodation: We stayed at The Cradle Mountain Highlander Cabins. As you can see in the photos these cabins were incredible! If you are staying a few nights try to stay in more than one cabin as each of them has a unique feel. We started at 'Ringtail' and then moved to 'Buttongrass'. Buttongrass was a little more romantic as it was smaller and had a fire place in the bedroom, however, Ringtail would be great for small families as there was a good amount of room and a small sized porch . The accommodation is really close to Cradle Mountain, you can even see the top of the Mountain from the driveway!
Cradle Mountain Logistics: To access Cradle Mountain pick up a pass from the Visitors Centre which is a few minutes by car from your accommodation. There are a range of passes on offer and you can pick one to suit your needs . From here you can join a shuttle bus that will take you to Cradle Mountain as well as a range of other stop offs that link to particular walking tracks. We used the shuttle to get around and found it to be excellent. On the second day we did end up driving to Cradle Mountain as it wasn't too busy . At the visitor centre you can pick up maps that outline the walks in the area . The walking trails are rated in terms of ability which was helpful. The Dove Lake Circuit walk is a great walk to begin with as it isn't do difficult and most of it is on board walks. Tip: Pack a Picnic as there are some beautiful places to stop along the way.
After a long day of walking and admiring the surrounds you can either head to Peppers for a beverage or go back to your cosy Cabin to cook a meal. Doing a grocery shop in Launceston is a must as you will be able to prepare all of your meals in the cabins.
On our way back to Launceston we also detoured via the Tamar Valley to sample some wines. Although we didn't have a huge amount of time to explore this area you could add it to your itinerary and stay there for a night or two.
Launceston for Lunch : Check out Amelia Espresso for a quick snack and a excellent coffee
Trivia Night at Peppers Hotel - despite loosing very badly you can't really go wrong for cheap entertainment.
Ashgrove Cheese - now this isn't exaclty on the way home. Let's just say we got a little lost and found ourselves greatful that we did. Thanks GPS!
I Would love to hear if anyone else has been to this lovely part of the world, where did you stay ? What were the highlights?