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Cradle Mountain Tourist Information


There are many things to do and see in the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park wilderness region of Tasmania Australia. Your hosts, Kate and Kim, at Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages will be happy to provide tourist information and help you to plan your Tasmanian travel itinerary.

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Cradle Mountain Tasmania - Wildlife


The area around Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages has some of Australia's most spectacular scenery and abounds in Australian native wildlife.

Around the cabin accommodation you can expect to see Rufus wallabies (Pademelons), Bennetts wallabies, wombats, brush tail possums and currawongs. If you are lucky you might also see Tasmanian devils, spotted tail quolls and green rosellas. Inside the Cradle Mountain National Park you are likely to see all these animals and, if you are quiet enough, you might even see a platypus.

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Cradle Mountain Tasmania Weather


Cradle Mountain weather is known for its unpredictability. You can expect all four seasons at any time of the year, so even in summer it is a good idea to bring clothes that you can layer on, a spare pair of walking shoes, a warm jumper and a wind/rainproof jacket.

The warmest months are January and February and the coldest Months are July and August.

The warmest temperature is 30 degrees and the coldest overnight is minus 10 degrees.

Snow can fall at any time of the year but usually in July, August and September where a good fall is between 200mm and 300mm.

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Beautiful in every season!

Tours and Activities at Cradle Mountain Tasmania


Join one of Cradle Mountain National Park's free guided activities (summer holidays only), including nocturnal wildlife walks, interpretive walks, campfire yarns and slide shows or take a scenic helicopter flight over the Cradle Mountain National Park with Sea Air Adventure Charters, just 200 metres from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

There is also horse riding, either in the Cradle Mountain area, either at Tullah (Tullah Horseback Tours) 40 minutes drive towards Queenstown, or at Staverton (Highland Trails) 35 minutes towards Sheffield.

Other activities include, canoeing, mountain bike hire, guided wildlife tours, trout fishing (season August to April), bushwalking and close encounters with Tasmanian Devils at the new "Devils@Cradle" interpretation and viewing facility, situated just next door to Cradle Mountain Highlanders..

All tours can be booked through the reception office at Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

Self Drive Tours Tasmania - Tourism Attractions near Cradle Mountain


Tasmanian Vineyards


Wilmot Hills Vineyard is a 45 minute drive to Wilmot west of Lake Barrington. It is 300 metres above sea level with spectacular views towards Mount Roland, and specialises in fruit wines.

Lake Barrington Estate was established in 1986 and is set on the banks of picturesque Lake Barrington with Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties. Lake Barrington Estate is located just outside Sheffield 1 hour from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

Tasmanian Cheese Factories


Ashgrove Farm Cheese specialises in award winning English Country style cheeses, manufactured from milk from the farm's 800 cow dairy herd.

Visitors can view the cheese making and taste the range of cheeses. The Cheese factory is located on the Bass Highway 20 minutes from Devonport, about 1 1/4 hours drive from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

Lactos Tasmania makes a range of specialty cheeses each with their own quality and character created by a master cheese maker.

Visitors can taste the many varieties of award winning cheeses and they also have a range of Tasmanian shortbread biscuits, honey, mustards, sauces, jams and condiments. They are located in Old Surrey Road, Burnie about 1 1/2 hours from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

Tasmanian Honey Farms


Tazmazia has a honey boutique with a large range of natural, fruit and liqueur honeys all made and packed on the premises.

There is also a pancake parlour, lavender farm and a complex of seven mazes. Tazmazia is located at Lower Crackpot, a 40 minute drive from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

Stephens Honey Factory at Mole Creek offers different types of honey, specialising in leatherwood and clover honey. Mole Creek is 1 hour from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages on the C138

Honey Farm at Chudleigh, half way between Mole Creek and Deloraine, has over 30 varieties of honey with free honey tasting and gourmet ice cream.

Tasmanian Caves and Caving


Mole Creek Caves

45 minute guided interpretive tours are operated every day of teh year, except for Christmas Day.

There are two public caves at Mole Creek, Marakoopa and King Solomon.

Marakoopa is a wet cave 15 km from Mole Creek featuring two underground streams and an incredible glow worm display.

You can choose from two different tours, both allowing time to view the spectacular glow worm display.

King Solomon is a dry cave with light reflecting calcite crystals.

Both caves are on the C138 before you get to Mole Creek, about 1 hour from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

There is also Trowunna Wildlife Park where you can see hand feeding of Tasmanian Devils, pat a koala and hold a baby wombat.

Gunns Plains Caves

These are limestone caves, 25 kms South of Ulverstone. Though not as big as the Mole Creek caves they are still quite spectacular.

On the way to the caves from Highlanders there is also Leven canyon, a lookout over the Leven River and a good picnic spot only 1 1/2 hours from Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages.

Cradle Mountain Bushwalking


The area around Cradle Mountain offers many spectacular bushwalks from fairly easy to very hard.

History of Cradle Mountain Tasmania


The Cradle Mountain valley was formed by glacial movement over 20,000 years ago. The mountain was named in 1826 and settled soon after.
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