Tasmania Days 6 and 7: The beautiful and memorable Cradle Mountain

Thurs 11th July – Fri 12th July: Cradle Mountain and Russell Falls

Highlanders Cottages

Highlanders Cottages

So for the next instalment of our Tasmanian adventure – we had now arrived in the beautiful Cradle Mountain area. As I explained on our last post we were staying in a gorgeous cottage at Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages – called Buttongrass. It was a lovely wooden cabin with a fire box fuelled by logs to warm it nicely. This is definitely one of our favourite places we stayed. The people were so friendly and welcoming and the cottage was perfect  – with lots of lovely extra homely touches.

Enjoying the snow

Enjoying the snow

It had also snowed quite significantly a few days prior to our arrival, and so the whole area looked especially pretty with snow everywhere. We certainly made the most of the snow and went out on lots of snowy walks to explore! It seemed quite surreal being in the snow in Australia – as it is one of the very few places where it does snow!

Pademelon in the wild

Pademelon in the wild

Cradle Mountain is also one of the best areas in Tasmania to see wildlife in the wild. On our first evening we were visited by a lovely pademelon on our front porch! And the evening after that we also saw more of them. Whilst we moved around the area we also spotted wombats by the side of the road. As it had snowed so much we saw them mainly on areas where snow hadn’t settled on the grass.

Loving Cradle Mountain

Loving Cradle Mountain

Thursday was our main day in the Cradle Mountain National Park. We had already purchased our national park pass whilst down in Coles Bay, so were able to explore the park. We also received tickets for the park shuttle bus. On the day we wanted to take our walk they weren’t allowing cars through to park by the starting points for the walks so everyone took the shuttle bus. This meant they were pretty in demand – even off-season! Apparently it is just crazily busy here in summer. We waited for around 45 minutes for the bus, which wasn’t too bad. It was quite icy and snowy everywhere though so we had to take care not to slip up!

The shuttle bus picked us up in the morning outside the visitor centre and took us to the Dove Lake walk car park. The drive up was beautiful and we loved seeing everything all snow-covered. On arriving at Dove Lake we took some brilliant photos of Cradle Mountain reflected in the lake. My favourite one is below:

Cradle Mountain reflected in Dove Lake

Cradle Mountain reflected in Dove Lake

On Dove Lake walk

On Dove Lake walk

It looked just stunning – especially with such clear and sunny weather. We headed off on the walk around the lake, which was pretty precarious because of the snow and ice! I certainly wouldn’t have recommended it to any families or older people in the snow! We absolutely loved the walk – despite it being quite tough in the weather. The snow and ice still lay on the paths almost the whole way round, which did make it very slippy in places – some on the edges with sheer drops below! We took great care though and I managed to only fall over once!! And I fell nice and cushioned on my bottom!! We also stopped for a nice picnic once about halfway round the lake. The views almost the whole way were amazing – we looked out over the lake with Cradle Mountain ahead of us.

View from Glacier Rock

View from Glacier Rock

Towards the start of the walk we climbed up to glacier rock, which was a high viewpoint with fantastic views out over the lake and of Cradle Mountain. The walk around the lake was quite strenuous as it did have a couple of tough climbs/drops, but I think without the snow we would have found it easier! However, we didn’t mind as the snow made everything look even more beautiful! We think it is definitely one of the most beautiful walks we have ever done.

On arriving back at our cosy cabin after the walk we warmed up by the fire and enjoyed a lovely evening in relaxing and watching a film. We felt content after one of our best days on our entire trip since leaving the UK last September.

Russell Falls

Russell Falls

The following morning – Friday – we sadly had to leave Cradle Mountain. We awoke early and got on the road as soon as it was light as had a long drive ahead. We were heading down to Russell Falls, and took people’s advice that it was best to head back through Sheffield and Deloraine to the midland highway and take that down to Russell Falls. We stopped at Ross on the way – which resembled a pretty and quaint English town.

On arriving at our Russell Falls accommodation, we headed up there to do the walk to the waterfall which looked awesome! You need a national park pass to enter and visit the falls, so we were lucky we had our season park pass which meant we could enter. The walk is around 20 minutes through beautiful forest. The falls themselves are just stunning! We took a few pics here and headed back to relax for the evening.

Our time in Cradle Mountain was just incredible – and a time we will never forget. Next stop – Bruny island!

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8 thoughts on “Tasmania Days 6 and 7: The beautiful and memorable Cradle Mountain

  1. Beautiful pics..I am going there soon so would be amazing I guess

  2. Beautiful pictures! I loved Cradle Mountain,it was my favorite place in Tasmania. I got a chance to do some hiking while I was there. I also started at the north end of Dove Lake, stopped to take photos at glacier rock, and when I got to the south end of the lake i decided to take that trail which heads up to the Face Trail. My map said it was steep and difficult. It stated out fine, but they weren’t kidding. Half way up I hit the section where they had a chain handrail bolted into the rocks to help you climb that section. But when I got to the top the views of Dove Lake, and Crater Lake off to the left where fantastic. I hiked over to Marion’s Lookout for more great views and then took the Overland Track back down to pick up the bus back to the lodge. I was beat by the time I got back, but it was a great hike. Enjoy the rest of the time you are Cradle Mountain. I wish I was there.
    Dan

    • Thanks very much Dan. It was our favourite place in Tassie too! Your hike sounds amazing – and pretty intense too!! When we were there they advised us not to do the walk to Marion’s Lookout or any of the longer hikes because of the snow/ice. However we aren’t massive hikers, so the Dove Lake walk was just perfect for us! We are now back in NZ and missing Cradle Mountain the most of all the places we visited in Oz – it really is a special place 🙂

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  5. Really cool to see someone else’s perspective of this part of the world at a different time of the year to when I visited the region. Nice post Nicola!

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