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Campervan fun at Cradle Mountain

13 October 2010 No Comment

Campervan Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain has great facilities for a campervan holiday. It is an ideal way to save money on accommodation while exploring this beautiful area.

Cradle Mountain National Park is at the end of beautiful drive on good roads. It takes about an hour and a half to drive from Devonport; take the B19 and B14 south to Sheffield, then the C136 and C132 to the park entrance. It is about a 2 ½ hour drive from Launceston via the Bass Highway (A1). Take the well signposted route along the B13, then the C156 through Sheffield, the town of murals, and a great place to stop for lunch. Admire the murals that tell the story of the north east, check out the fabulous little antique shop, the amazing Emporium, and great book shop cum internet café down the laneway.

Camping is not permitted in the actual  National Park but there is a very good private campground (Cosy Cabins)  in a picturesque bush setting with spacious campervan sites an easy  walk from the park entrance.

Cradle Mountain Tourist Park and Campground (formerly Cosy Cabins) has powered sites for $35 – $45, tucked away in quiet and private bush alcoves. The warmer months between November and March are the perfect time to visit the area . Outside these months, be prepared for some chilly nights and possibly snow as the weather and nights can get very cool!

From our experience, the Campground stocks a good range of reasonably priced groceries and snacks, an admirable selection of wines, free internet, and a pay phone, but check opening hours. There are great BBQ sites and a very generous camp kitchen with a huge fireplace to keep warm and chat with fellow walkers and travellers exploring the national park. The toilet blocks are clean with hair dryers and clothes drying racks, and the showers are hot. You can stock up on good drinking water from taps near rainwater tanks dotted around the complex.

Visitors are discouraged from driving within the park, but there is a roomy day car park near the Visitor Centre across the road from the campground. A shuttle bus service runs every half hour until about 8pm from the Centre to Ronnie Creek and the start of the day walk to Cradle Mountain, or further on to the Dove Lake car park. Most of the bus drivers are a wealth of interpretive information and will keep you amused and informed for the duration of the trip. The shuttle is not free with 24 hour or 3 day passes, but is free with Holiday Vehicle Pass, Backpacker Pass or Tasmanian Annual Pass. A picturesque and free alternative is to walk the very scenic 5km boardwalk from the visitor centre to Ronnie Creek.

There are picnic shelters with electric barbecues close to the Visitor Centre, and a picnic shelter and tables a bit further up the road at Waldheim, as well as plenty of great spots in Cradle Valley.

Image: Blogdread on Flickr

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