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Top 10 Things to do on Cradle Mountain

18 January 2012 No Comment

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Last fortnight I gave you the first five of my Top 10 Things to Do on Cradle Mountain. Below you will find the remaining five, in no particular order. I’m confident I have captured the complete Cradle Mountain Experience with my selections, but if I have got it wrong, or you’ve enjoyed any of these activities yourself and I’ve got it right, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

6. Evening Spotlight Tour

Nothing says Cradle Mountain like rugging up at twilight, grabbing your camera and heading out on the prowl for our nocturnal neighbours. You can do this by foot, or in your own vehicle, but if you want the real spotlighting experience then there is never a shortage of seats on McDermott’s Coaches evening tours. You can even combine a spotlight tour with your Devils@Cradle Feeding Tour! With generous rates this is a great non-strenuous activity suitable for your whole family and you will learn all about our local fauna on the way. Please note: it is very unlikely that you will see a devil or a quoll in the wild, regardless of whether you are spotlighting with the experts or not, so keep that in mind when booking your tour.

7. The Wilderness Gallery/Thylacine Exhibition

In November The Wilderness Gallery received its fifth consecutive honour for Specialised Tourism Services at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards. Last year, it was inducted into the Tasmanian Tourism Hall of Fame. It is the largest privately owned photography gallery in the southern hemisphere, and in November last year opened the semi-permanent installation the ‘Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition’, featuring a one-of-a-kind Thylacine skin rug. With a large gift shop, free Tasmanian honey tasting and entry only $7, this is one of Cradle’s most accessible and cost effective activities. The Wilderness Gallery is located at Cradle Mountain Chateau.

8. Waldheim Chalet/Waldheim Cabins

Waldheim Chalet is a replica of the original accommodation Gustav Weindorfer built when he first started spending time in the Cradle Mountain area, and it provides a fantastically historic view of the park, which is not as readily available in other locations. With a short rainforest walk virtually adjacent to the Chalet/Interpretation Centre and cabins, it is a spot I highly recommend visiting on your way in or out of Dove Lake.

When I was a child and we stayed at Cradle Mountain, the Waldheim Cabins were always the accommodation of choice. I remember sitting and waiting for the possums to climb the steps to our cabin, fighting over who got the top bunk bed, and waking up at the crack of dawn to the chorus of birds all around us. These cabins provide a self-contained wilderness experience like no other, and can be booked year round through National Parks & Wildlife.

9. Visit Cradle Mountain Lodge

There is no shortage of accommodation options on Cradle Mountain, but no matter where you stay while you are here a visit to the most iconic building in the area – the Cradle Mountain Lodge – is a must. Take a photo in front of the original Pencil Pine Lodge, or if you feel like spoiling your legs after that long trek around Dove Lake, splash out and have a massage at their Waldheim Alpine Spa!

10. Plunge down a canyon

Ok, so perhaps plunge is a little dramatic, but Cradle Mountain Canyons offer the most adrenalin-inducing activity in this place – their just one year old, impressively popular Canyoning Tours. There are 2 tour options (half or full day, depending on your fitness level), and if you have a reasonable fitness level, are willing to try something new, to push yourself, or conquer that fear of heights, then this is the experience for you. Tours run during the summer months, from November to April/May.

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 – Walmink via Flickr

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