Whatever the weather – Cradle eventually delivers
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.
Recently I was speaking to a guest who had visited Cradle Mountain three times in the past 10 years. This very dedicated, very charming Grey Nomad had only ever caught even the tiniest glimpse of Cradle Mountain on his most recent stay. He had ambled around Dove Lake, he had tackled Marion’s Lookout, he’d even witnessed the fagus at Crater Lake, but he had never seen Cradle Mountain.
Upon returning to the hotel, this time triumphant, he was so incredibly wrapt; he could not keep the smile from his face. Obviously it was worth his while to visit anyway, but you would think that seeing Cradle Mountain while visiting Cradle Mountain would be a given, right? Wrong!
It is most definitely a privilege, and should not be taken for granted, and there is no way of predicting or choosing the ‘perfect’ time.
Anyone who has visited Tasmania will attest to the fact that it must have been a Tasmanian who coined the phrase ‘4 seasons in one day’. It is not an exaggeration, it’s a promise!
Our weather conditions are notoriously changeable, with little or no forewarning. Particularly on Cradle Mountain. Take this week, for example: on Sunday, it snowed. On Monday, it snowed. On Tuesday, it rained. Wednesday, grey. On Thursday, the first day of spring, the sky was a brilliant blue and not one single cloud threatened to ruin it. Our poor guests didn’t know which way to look!
I happen to love our indecisive weather patterns.
I love white expanses dotted with snowmen and white powdered wombats. I love cosy fires while the rain incessantly lashes the windows, I love feeling my nose freeze while I’m rugged up to within an inch of my life, and I love balmy summery afternoons on the miniature beaches by Dove Lake.
I absolutely adore the fact that this could all happen within the space of a week on Cradle Mountain!
Now, congratulations to you for doing your research! You are now one of the select few who realise that if you want to know what the weather is going to be like on the 5th of January and you’re wondering this on the 17th of August, then it’s probably a good option to call your friendly neighbourhood psychic, because there’s every chance that I won’t be able to help if you call me! It doesn’t matter that you’re coming in the middle of our ‘summer’, just because it SHOULD be sunny and fine, doesn’t mean it will be! Last year we had snow that actually settled on the ground on the 27th of December. It was sunny and warm by New Year’s Day.
As you may have noticed, my surname is Blizzard. A happy coincidence, considering I live on a mountain that is at its best in snow. Also, a perfectly Tasmanian surname, both for the fact that my family and extended family mostly all live here, and the obvious connection between Tasmania and extreme weather. Cradle Mountain suits me down to the ground! If you bring suitable clothing, it just might suit you too!
Koby Blizzard is a born and bred Tasmanian who works and lives in the Cradle Mountain area. She loves all things Cradle and Tasmania and is just embarking on a writing career. This is her second piece about her exploits working at Cradle Mountain.