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Launceston to Cradle Mountain

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Launceston to Cradle Mountain


My husband and I are planning to visit in early January, starting the journey from Launceston and driving all the way to Cradle Mountain. We were originally thinking of doing a 5 day trip to cover all this - will that be enough? Also, it would be great to hear suggestions of things to do along the way so we can add to our itinerary! I've heard that Bay of Fires is a must!



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1. Re: Launceston to Cradle Mountain


The drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain is only

Launceston – Coles Bay (via Campbell Town). 209 km. 2 hrs 30 min.

Launceston / Hobart to Freycinet Peninsula is approx 2.5hrs drive.

With 5 days you have plenty of time to explore Launceston / Cradle Mountain & Freycinet Peninsula.

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2. Re: Launceston to Cradle Mountain

The direct route from Launceston to Cradle Mountain is about 2.5 hours.

There are three routes to get there:

1. Head west along the Bass Highway to Deloraine, then through Mole Creek

2.Head a little further along the Bass Highway to Elizabeth Town, then through Sheffield

3. Head all the way along the Bass Highway to Burnie, then south along the B18 and A10 to Cradle.

The third route is longest but is the best driving.

Five days is enough to see a fair part of the north of the state. Take a look at the Top Question on Touring By Car on the right of this page. It has a link to a map and ideas on routes.

Also take a look at the Top Question on Top 10 Must Sees on the Launceston forum.


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5 days is definitely enough time to explore all that is on offer between Launceston-Cradle mtn plus see other area in the north & NW of Tassie. After doing your research, should you decide to venture east to Bay of fires, you would need to double back at some point in time back to Launceston. As mentioned in other posts, the direct drive to Cradle area is only a few hours from Launceston, but you can make many overnight stops long the way to experience what the region has on offer in scenery, local produce etc. The redness of the rocks around Bay of fires is spectacular, but I noticed the same thing all up the east coast. The area is certainly very pretty and the ocean very enticing.

Do some further research and get a bit of an idea of what you would like to see, and how long you wish to stay around Cradle and do walks etc, then plan on booking your accommodation as January will be peak tourist season.


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4. Re: Launceston to Cradle Mountain

ditto to all above, just allow time to do some walks.

Up at Cradle this morning, weather report, great cover of snow at low levels, it looked a picture.

The hot chocolate by the roaring fire went down well at the Lodge.

Still snowing this afternoon, will be snowing tomorrow.

Safe travels - Robert

Edited: 16 October 2011, 11:09
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