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Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

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Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

Hi - can anyone tell me if snow is common at Cradle Mountain in September? We are planning to go there specifically for the chance to spend a couple of days at the snow....but if snow if very unlikely, we might change our plans and head elsewhere.

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1. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

Snow is most common in July and August, but can drag into September. However, average precipitation is lower and average minimum temperatures are higher in September than in July and August.

You might be lucky. :)

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2. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

How does it compare with Mount Wellington for chance of snow?

We visited one September, no snow at Cradle Mountain but plenty on top of Mount Wellington.

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3. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

Mount Wellington is colder, but there's more precipitation at Cradle, so it's a toss-up. IMO, Mount Wellington gets snow earlier in the season and more regularly. And it's much easier to get to.

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4. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

Hi,

FWIW We last visited in November a couple of years ago. Some sleet/sago snow fell whilst we were on the Dove Lake circuit and there was snow on the southern side of the peaks of Mt Campbell and Cradle Mountain. Like the others have said you could be lucky.

Make sure you dress appropriately if you are doing any of the walks, we also experienced howling wind, driving rain, calm and warm sunshine in the space of an hour or so . Layers are the answer with a wind and water proof outer shell that can be easily peeled off and stowed in your day pack. Don't forget gloves, sunnies and sun block you are at altitude.

Cheers,

Edited: 12:21 am, July 11, 2013
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5. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

There's always a very good chance of snow at Cradle Mt in September, earlier the better though. But on the ground around the village, it can be as Luigi says, you might be lucky. Living close to Cradle Mountain we have found early September has always been a time for good heavy falls albeit less frequent, and it is a time for snowfalls at lower elevations. When it snows at our place, it has always been September even in to very early October, we live at an elevation of only 300 metres.

Also if there's no snow in the village but its cold enough and raining, go to the Dove Lake area, there's a good chance it will be snowing there.

If you're hiking, well obviously you'll have a better chance of snow at elevation.

The one thing the Cradle Mt area has, if it has snowed, access is spread over a large area. We were up there last weekend, with fantastic snowfalls and there were cars spread over many square kilometres with people playing, walking and even hiking in it.

Wherever you go I hope it snows for you.

Safe travels - Robert

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6. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

Excuse my ignorance but how far is the village from Dove lake and is that as close to Cradle mountain as you can drive(we would not be able to hike very far) .Are the roads ok in the snow

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7. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

The village is about 9 or 10 km from Dove Lake.

There is a shuttle bus that runs from the Visitor Centre in the village, via the Ranger Station at the gate to the National Park, all the way to Dove Lake. The cost of the shuttle is included in the Cradle Mountain Park entry fee.

Although it is also possible sometimes to drive your own car to Dove Lake (depending on the capacity of the Dove Lake carpark), the shuttle is a much better idea, especially if it has been snowing.

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8. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

Tigers4me, agree with Luigi with regards to shuttle bus use. Driving your car or taking the shuttle bus to Dove Lake will depend on what time of the year you'll be here, if it's during the school holidays or summer, you will more than likely be asked to use the shuttle bus, the car parks fill up pretty quick.

Also if it snows heavily, they might close the road to 2 wheel drive vehicles, leaving your only option if you don't have a 4 wheel to taking the bus, like they did 2 weeks ago.

Safe travels - Robert

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9. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

thanks for that, we are going next month and were hoping to set off early from Launceston in hire car and stop over for a few hours at cradle mountain for lunch on route to strahan

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10. Re: Chances of snow at Cradle Mountain in September?

Cradle Mountain Lodge bistro is a lovely warm place for lunch. Enjoy your trip. :)

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