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Oct 8, 2015 - To the Cradle

Bruny Island, seaside, to Cradle Mountain , well mountain. That's where the Overland Track starts. We don't have tents and sleeping bags, etc. for a five day hike, but Cradle Mountain is in its own, worth the visit. Deloraine was on the way and we decided to get a bite to eat and see if there was a place to stay for a night. It's a quiet central Tassie town and the relaxed demeanor convinced us to stay two nights. The drive to Cradle, using the 'C' route from Deloraine was very curvy but worth it. Great views reminiscent of a...

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Apr 3, 2015 - Hobart to Cradle Mountain and Cradle Mountain

FOBTS, This internet connection here in Cradle Mountain is beginning to tick me off. I just lost a whole update, and will begin again. This update will consist of two parts. The first part will cover the trip from Hobart to Cradle Mountain. The second part will cover my nocturnal excursion last night and what I did and saw today. The overall update may have to be done in parts. So, please have patience. In my last update, I did not include anything regarding the trip from Hobart to Cradle Mountain. In fact, I passed through three towns, and...

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Apr 2, 2015 - Hobart to Cradle Mountain

Good Morning FOBTs from Tasmania, It is 2 April here in Hobart, and I am getting ready to leave for Cradle Mountain. Normally, this is a five hour drive, but alas the weather today sucks. It is a Fall type rainy, windy, and cool weather. While disappointed, I have been lucky with the weather on this trip. As my friends Mike and Kay pointed out to me recently, I have dodged Cyclones Pam and Nathan, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake (actually in Papua, New Guinea, but no effects in Australia), and rain in Melbourne. Thanks for jinxing me (smile). As...

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Apr 2, 2015 - Cradle Mountain

FOBTS, I safely arrived at Cradle Mountain Lodge after a five to six hour drive. The lodge is rustically elegant. You'll see two photos of the lounge with its fireplace (the only place that internet connection), and the lake in front of the Lodge. Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the front of the lodge and maybe my room depending upon what I see on my hike. I chose a late afternoon trek that would have taken 1.5 hours, and you'll see two pictures of some of that trek. The first one reminded me of a scene from one of the Hobbit movies (maybe...

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Dec 29, 2014 - A wet but beautiful Cradle Mountain

Early start under threatening skies as we travelled back towards Burnie and then down the Murchison Highway through Hellyer Gorge (scenic but slow drive). We did a detour to the small town of Waratah - it has a lovely waterfall in the middle of town. It is an old tin mining town which has seen better days. No rain but threatening. A lovely drive onto Cradle Mt - clouds looked promising. We found a park amongst another 20 odd motor homes at the very large and full car park at the visitor centre. We had an early lunch at the cafe - whole...

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Mar 28, 2014 - Cradle Mountain National Park

Woke up in the middle of the night to moonlight over the ocean and a few bright stars. That's a good sign. We spent a little time touring the town of Penguin. It is quite pleasant and would've been a good place to browse even longer. We drove west along the North coast to the town of Stanley. We passed through some beautiful coastal areas and great farmland. Beautiful rolling country. The destination in Stanley was a geological feature known as "The Nut". At the end of the peninsula this massive rock rises, similar to Ayer's rock in Central...

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Feb 23, 2014 - Cradle Mountain

Left Arthur River and all its 28 or 30 permanent residents this am, headed for Smithton, where we got gas (petrol) and groceries. It was a beautiful sunny day. Along the way we saw several fenced pastures with what looked like small deer in them. I didn’t know they raised deer here, and if so, I wonder why so small. Another mystery. ☹ After Smithton, we retraced our path as far as Wynyard, where we turned south toward Waratah. Got in about 1 pm, got our room, and decided to have lunch at the hotel and use the wifi provided to diners...

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Nov 14, 2013 - Cradle Mountain

(Ben) Refreshed from a good night's sleep, we drove towards Cradle Mountain stopping at a lookout along the way. Although there wasn't much serious rain today, there was plenty of cloud hanging around and the view of Cradle Mountain from the lookout was completely obscured. Still, we marvelled at the general landscape - how much like the Tasmania we had imagined it was. Perhaps a little as we picture parts of England or Scotland might look. After setting up in the only caravan park near the mountain (not a cheap undertaking) and eating...

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Aug 30, 2013 - Cradle Mountain revisited

We ventured on to Cradle Mountain, stopping on the way at Waratah, where Lyn's Dad lived for a year in the 30's.. A friendly wombat greeted us as we commenced the Boardwalk Walk from Cradle Mountain Lodge to Cradle Mountain. A lovely day for a walk and lots of wombat sightings along the way, ending in a wonderful night at the Cradle Mountain Lodge Highfield Restaurant to celebrate Annie's birthday the next day. We woke next morning to a beautiful sunrise, a short walk around our accommodation, and a final visit to Cradle Mountain....

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Mar 30, 2011 - RAIN RAIN RAIN

Started raining early in the morning and rained most of the day with a few peaks of sunshine. Strahan is really a one street town with all the buildings on one side of the road and the bay on the other. Basically there was the Village Motel where we stayed, a bar restaurant, bottle store (Liquor), fudge shop (did not visit), café, pizza place on one side, the gift shop and boat trips on the harbor side. Left on a cruise of the Gordon River on the Lady Jane Franklin II, seated on the upper deck with the captain. We were inside so we were...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain National Park – 11 March to 16 March (5 nights) The 151km drive from Strahan to Cradle Mountain National Park was a very scenic drive through to Zeehan, where we stopped for a cuppa. From there the road was windy and steep, but still a really good road and there were no driving drama’s worth mentioning. Cradle Mountain National Park is situated 451km N of Hobart and it’s not a town as such, but comprises a series of accommodation facilities, on the northern edge of the National Park, so it doesn’t have a population. Once in...

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Living the Dream

Jan 26, 2011 - Day 30 - Cradle Mountain

The sun shone brightly on the 30th day of our holiday – our last full day in Tassie. While Peter headed to the showers Lise headed for the car and had the VW roaring into life on the first attempt following Andrew’s instructions. Praise God! While we clearly have a problem with the car, it appears as if we will be Ok to get it started to begin the journey home on Thursday. The only ones disappointed were Chris and Rachel who saw the car problem as the opportunity to stay in Tassie a little longer while the car was repaired (an unlikely...

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