Sunday, December 23, 2007

Cradle Mountain

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.

Here is the first lot of photos from the trip, subsequent posts will show the trip from Cradle Mountain to the Tasman Peninsula. Click on a photo to be taken to the Picassa web album where you can view the images in larger size.


Gypsy said...

Well here I am, first cab off the rank again..... I have been dying to see these pics and they are just stunning. I feel like getting on the next plane and going over there. Photos never really do justice to scenic shots either so I imagine the real thing was breathtaking. Looking forward to seeing the rest and thanks for sharing Loz.

HollyGL said...

I have GOT to get to Australia, Loz. Seriously. Simply beautiful pics.

I hope you are well. I've missed you. xoxo

Blur Ting said...

Wow, you take beautiful photos!!

Hi Holly!! Good to see you again! We missed you.

Dave J. said...

This is off-topic, but, Loz, have a wonderfully awesome years end.

Dorothy said...

Wow, the photos are beautiful, keep them coming. You have quite a talent there.

Happy holidays
Dorothy from grammology
remember to call gram

Blur Ting said...

Merry Christmas to you Loz! May you have a great year ahead!

Ian said...

I love Cradle Mountain. I make sure to go there every time we go to Tasmania. Its one of those special iconic places in Australia ... like Uluru and Purnululu. Nice pics, by the way.