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3 days at Cradle mountain?

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3 days at Cradle mountain?

Still trying to plan my trip for Tasmania, and keep hearing that Cradle mountain is great. I don't want to do much too much driving, so am thinking of flying into Lancheston, then driving to cradle mountain (about 2.5 hrs) and staying there for the weekend. This way, we can hike around the different trails friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday, and then leave in the evening (fly out of Lancheston).

My question is, what is make sense to spend 3 days hiking around? All the tours I'm looking at only seem to stay at cradle mounting for 1 day.

Is there anything else that is close by that is worth taking a trip to? It seems that most of the tours drive 4-5 hours every day, and I don't want to do that.

thank you!

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1. Re: 3 days at Cradle mountain?

<< My question is, what is make sense to spend 3 days hiking around? All the tours I'm looking at only seem to stay at cradle mounting for 1 day. >> most tours around Tasmania only allow time for one walk, and that's usually the Dove Lake Circuit which is 2 to 3 hours. If you're a keen walker 3 days at Cradle Mountain will be easily filled with many testing walks.

What time of the year are arriving, this will determine if you should book in advance?

If you want to do other walks than Cradle Mountain, have a look at this site and download the app -


Walks close to Cradle Mountain are, Leven Canyon, Alum Cliffs, Montezuma Falls all under 2 hours in driving time.

Hope this helps.

Safe travels - Robert

Edited: 4:01 am, January 07, 2014
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2. Re: 3 days at Cradle mountain?

Well EmilyTrex, in January 1909 Austrian Gustav Weindorfer made his first trip to Cradle Mountain. He only stayed two days. A year later he was back and finally in 1912 he built "Waldheim", a chalet that would allow tourists to stay in the valley. Ten years later he had archived his aim: a scenic reserve and wildlife sanctuary was declared, stretching from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, today's National Park.

I think you get the point, it's simply a very beautiful place.

There may not be much entertainment around Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, but if you like nature and animals this certainly is one of the places to be. Several hiking trails, the reconstructed Waldheim chalet with wombats around, the Tasmanian devils at Devils@Cradle...

By the way, there is a lovely 50s diner in Deloraine on your way from Launceston to Cradle Mountain: tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g261651-d3…

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3. Re: 3 days at Cradle mountain?

I wouldn't read too much into how long tours allocate for a location, they are trying to keep a variety of people happy with a variety of things so the time for any particular one is probably 'adequate minimum' rather than how long you could really spend there.

You are very limited in time so it's just not possible to see the whole variety of historic, natural and culinary attractions that Tasmania is known for, so if iconic scenery and hiking is your priority then Cradle Mountain is a great place to go. You would also have the opportunity to look around Launceston.

Nice little bit of history there leitstrahl :-) I have never thought of posting it but I'm glad someone now has. Cradle Mountain is one of my favourite places.

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