I have 3 nights' accommodation booked at Cradle Mountain Lodge in mid-July, with a fourth night in Hobart. This gives me a full day to drive from Cradle Mountain to Hobart.
I'm the type of person who always likes to take the scenic route when i drive. I'm thinking that going via Strahan and Queenstown will be a bit too long to do in one day (probably 6-8 hours driving with minimal stops).
So, how does the A5 compare to the main Midlands Hwy (aka Route 1) in terms of scenery and driving pleasure? (we're renting an Audi, so looking forward to some winding mountain roads). I've seen conflicting reports as to the quality of the A5 - some say it's an excellent, sealed, all season road and others say it has unsealed sections (no problem for me to drive on...just don't tell the rental company ;-) and areas prone to thick snow drifts and thus impassable in winter (major problem!). Obviously if we have a lot of snow at Cradle Mountain Lodge (c900m elev??) while I'm there, chances are the A5 will be difficult to negotiate safely. How much higher does the A5 go? Assuming the road is open to 2WD vehicles, how long would it take from Deloraine to Hobart on the A5 compared to Route 1?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has driven the A5, as there seems to be little reliable information about it online.