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Top Must-Do’s at Cradle Mountain

21 December 2011 No Comment

Cradle Mountain must doKoby Blizzard our resident Tassiephile and Cradle Mountain lover shares her 5 top must do activities near Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, Australia.  Koby works at Cradle Mountain in a large hotel and is passionate about visitors making the most of their Tasmanian holiday.

Over to Koby:

I would never advise anyone to visit Cradle Mountain for less than 2 nights. If I could speak to every visitor before they arrived, I would give one crucial piece of advice:

“Give yourself time. Don’t sell yourself short. Make the most of it”.

Unfortunately for all involved, most holidays do not allow for weeks spent in one place, so I have crafted my personal list of the Top 10 Must-Do’s on Cradle Mountain. This is the first instalment, come back soon to find out the rest! And please, if I have overlooked anything, leave a comment and let me know.

1. Dove Lake Circuit

Dove Lake Circuit is the most trodden path in Cradle Mountain National Park. There is a very good reason for this: it is the most accessible, the most well-known, and offers the reason you came to the area in the first place – that magnificent view! From Glacier Rock to the Ballroom Forest, it is fresh, crisp, clean Tasmanian scenery at its best! Take a picnic lunch (and your rubbish with you), your wits (necessary for dodging currawongs), a water bottle, and comfy shoes. Oh, and plenty of photos.

For detailed information and a map, download the free Cradle Mountain Travel guide

 2. Jump in a Helicopter

One word to describe this trip: awesome. My mouth found the floor very early on, and stayed down there the entire trip. Sweeping panoramas of Barn Bluff and the summit of Cradle Mountain, coupled with the spectacular aerial views of Dove and Crater Lakes, literally took my breath away. Comes complete with expert commentary: a solid 10/10. Cradle Mountain Helicopters is located at the Cradle Mountain Café and Information Centre, and fly whenever the weather will allow during the summer season.

 3. Visit Sheffield

Approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Cradle is Sheffield, a quaint, rural town littered with locally owned businesses selling locally produced goods, and myriad inviting cafes. Even if it’s on your way out of the area, stop in and take a postcard worthy photo of yourself in front of that other iconic mountain, Mt. Roland. If you are lucky enough to be travelling with children, or just enjoy running around mazes and eating pancakes, then make the 10 minute detour to Tasmazia and get yourself lost for a couple of hours.

 4. Devils@Cradle

Is there anything that says Tassie more than the terribly inappropriately named ‘Tasmanian Devil’? I think not. This sanctuary is home to both Devils and Quolls and is the best chance you will get to come up close and personal with the cutest marsupials around. You can even pat a baby Devil! Learn all about the fantastic work the team at Devils@Cradle do for our endangered neighbours and support a worthy cause at the same time – good for you and the environment!

 5. Have a Kentish Ale

When in Rome…! Or in our case, Kentish. Head to the Cradle Mountain Chateau where they have Seven Sheds Brewery’s signature beer on tap and acquaint yourself with the taste of the Central Coast. If you take the aforementioned trip to Sheffield, you can even stop in and say hi to the team at the family owned and run Seven Sheds Brewery and pick up some souvenirs to take home with you.

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 latest piece is about her exploits while working at Cradle Mountain.

Image: sasho via Flickr


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