Welcome to Cradle Mountain

(Part 1 – 9 photos) – We set off early afternoon with an uneventful 4.5 hour drive to Cradle Mountain in North-Western Tasmania for a weekend escape before the Christmas rush set in. Taking the Midland Highway, we only stopped for the obligatory break and coffee at Campbell Town – and a quick stop to get this shot of Mt Rolland.

Mt Rolland near Gowrie Park.

As we unpacked the car and checked out our lodgings, I was aware of the setting sun and rushed off to grab this shot of distant Cradle Mountain, catching the last golden ray’s of light after what had been a perfect day. Little did we know how things were about to change.

Cradle Mountain sunset with a touch of snow.

The National Park we will visit in upcoming posts is Tasmania’s second most visited natural attraction after Mt Wellington in Hobart. Because Tassie’s borders are currently closed – no tourists – we took a limited opportunity to experience this normally bustling magic place with relatively few other local visitors!

Wilderness view from the deck of our Spa Cabin.
Area behind our cabin.
Myrtle behind our cabin.
Nature on the doorstep.

Soon after settling in, we set off for dinner. The best light was already gone, unbeknown to us, this would be the last time we’d see the famous mountain.

Our accommodation for two nights was Peppers Lodge. Absolutely fantastic experience, we intend to come back again before the borders re-open while we still selfishly have our lovely island to ourselves. It’s like we’ve gone back 20-30 years before Tassie got “discovered”.

On our return to the cabin, we were greeted by a friendly furry native Padymelon.

Tasmanian Padymelon

Our trip to Cradle Mountain National Park will continue in the next posts, featuring a huge walk including part of the Overland Track. Thanks for visiting.

11 thoughts on “Welcome to Cradle Mountain

    1. Thanks 🙂 This post and the next one coming are still outside the National Park! There’s plenty more moss covered trees in store, including an area of King Billy Pine after the BIG walk, where I’m certain I caught a glimpse of a forest faerie!

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