Sunday, December 23, 2007

Cradle Mountain - Tasmania

Cradle Mountain is one of those iconic images of Australia along with Uluru, the Harbour Bridge and the 12 Apostles. It truly is breathtakingly beautiful and within reach of virtually anyone. There is accommodation to suit all budgets but a word for the wary - there are places with names like cradle view or similar that may be as far as 40 or 50 kilometers away from the Park boundary. We stayed at Cosy Cabins literally a five minute slow drive from the park gates. The cabins were comfortable and warm when they needed to be and the general store in the camping ground catered for most things. It was considerably cheaper to stay their than somewhere like cradle mountain lodge - not that I am criticising that place because it's fantastic.

I recommend purchasing a Tasmanian National Parks car-pass which is good for two months, costs around $50 and gets you into all of the parks in the state as many times as you want to go. If you have one of those tickets you can catch a free bus all the way into Dove Lake car park although, when we were there it wasn't quite the peak season so it was just as easy for us to drive ourselves in each day. Buses leave every 20 minutes from the Cradle information centre and stop at several places along the road in to pick up and drop of passengers.

On a trip in November 2007 here are some images of Cradle Mountain.

4 comments:

Scarlet said...

Now those are sites you never see in Miami. Beautiful landscape. Have a wonderful holiday season! I'll be back to visit in 2008.

Tom said...

Loz,

Beautiful Blog. I was in Australia back 1999 and traveled for three months around the Eastern half of your country. What a wonderful place. I'm adding your blog to my reader and can't wait to see more of your photos.

Tom

RainforestRobin said...

I am so pleased to see this site. Your photos are simply gorgeous. I devoured them. I lived in Australia many years ago for about 8 years. My ex-husband is an Aussie. I lived for a time in Far North QLD and then also in Northern NSW. I also traveled in Tassie for awhile and loved it. I was mostly in western Tas and the area around Queenstown and north along the coast. Took the ferry across from the mainland to Devenport (I think it was Devenport)and the captain said it was roughest sea that he could remember. EVERYONE was vomiting. I mean, that ship, all over the floors, everywhere was a mess. Even some of the crew were sick. But it was a wild adventure, one I never forgot. I loved western Tassie; it was so rugged and pristinely beautiful back then. Maybe it still is. I truly hope so as I think it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I am so glad you are doing this site because I miss Oz. Thank you. RainforestRobin www.nakedineden.com

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