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Cradle Mountain in Winter?

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Cradle Mountain in Winter?

My husband and I are looking at a four - five night stay in and around Cradle Mountain in late July this year. We'll be doing a cheap-y flight from Brissy to Launceston and just want to know the best things to do. I've never been before and my hubby was 11 last time he was there so we're really up for anything. I'm a massive animal lover so I'd love to see heaps of wilde life. We'll be hiring a car so certainly up for trips if you can recommend any 'must do's'. Thanks so much!!

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1. Re: Cradle Mountain in Winter?

I think the first thing to do is decide whether you want to base yourself at Cradle Mountain or somewhere nearby. Cradle is very pretty, but also very expensive.

It would be worthwhile having a look at accommodation options there and nearby.

It would also be worthwhile considering the merits of travelling around the north-west a bit. The entire coastline is very scenic and places like Stanley are real gems. And you could go as far as the upper west coast around Corinna, the Tarkine and Marrawah for the devils.

Have a browse through the north-west tourism websites for starters:

http://www.stanley.com.au/

http://www.corinna.com.au/

http://www.kingsrun.com.au/

http://www.tarkinetrails.com.au/the-tarkine/

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2. Re: Cradle Mountain in Winter?

Thanks Luigi!

How many days would you recommend in Cradle before you 'got sick of it'. We'll definitely be looking into visiting some of those other spots you mentioned too.

Do you think we'd need to rent a 4WD to be able to get up to Cradle in Winter?

I so appreciate any comments as I am completely clueless when it comes to visiting Tassie :)

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3. Re: Cradle Mountain in Winter?

I think two nights at Cradle would suffice.

You won't need a 4WD. If there's snow on the road in the morning, the Council will close the road until they finish clearing it.

So go from Launceston to Cradle via Mole Creek and visit places like 41South, Trowunna and the honey shops along the way.

Spend two nights at Cradle, then head up to the north-west coast at Stanley. Or if you feel adventurous, head through Waratah and Savage River (don't they sound exotic?) to Corinna. I think that's where I'd go, and head back to Launceston via the north-west coast (Burnie, Penguin and Ulverstone).

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4. Re: Cradle Mountain in Winter?

Hi,

I love Cradle Mountain especially in winter - fabulous !! I would recommend 2 - 3 days would be ideal if time permits.

Lugi's advice of heading down to Stanley is excellent - a wonderful winter driving trip. Just check the weather report regarding the road conditions as last time we stayed in Cradle Mountain we were very lucky we left when we did as the snow fell so hard a day later that guests at CM were snowed in for a few days.

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5. Re: Cradle Mountain in Winter?

Hi Laura,

Great advice above, and winter is also my favourite time at Cradle as you can see by my avatar.

On leaving Launceston, go to Cradle via the Deloraine/Mole Creek road, drop in to Trowunna, they have 3 tours, which are well attending, and you also get to see the devils feed, and you're allowed to pat, and to me the bonus is you're allowed to cuddle a wombat.

http://www.trowunna.com.au/Tours.html

Before Trowunna there 41 south salmon and ginseng place and The Honey Shop at Chudleigh, both are worth a stop.

After Mole Creek you could also visit the Marakoopa Caves, if you have time. Tour times are limited.

molecreek.info/natures-wonders/…

Being winter and if you do go via M Deloraine and Mole Creek to Cradle Mountain, keep and eye on the weather, if you leave Mole Creek heading to Cradle, be aware the Liena Rd/Mersey Forest Rd/Olivers Rd way can be icy and snowed in. There's another option after leaving Mole Creek turn on to Union Bridge Road, I have never seen this road closed for ice of snow.

At Cradle Mountain, make sure you do a night walk, most accommodation places can organise, lots of wildlife, predominately wombats, last time we did the walk; we saw lots of wombats, spotted quolls, potoroos and 2 bandicoots playing hide and seek with us, this was special.

You could also spend a couple of nights at Stanley. It’s a lovely little village, with great accommodation and restaurants; also you could do the Arthurs River cruise and the Kings Run devil experience.

There's so much to do, see and eat in the northwest.

http://www.kingsrun.com.au/#!

http://arthurrivercruises.com/

http://www.tasmaniasnorthwest.com.au/

The drive back to Launceston from the northwest along the Old Bass Highway is an attraction in itself.

Hope this helps; seriously there are lots to do, see and eat.

Let us know which way you’ll be heading and we might be able to assist a bit more.

Safe travels - Robert

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