Tasmania – Cradle Mountain

See ya later Melbourne, it’s been fun catching up with everyone, riding bikes and hanging out at the beach, but it’s time to go explore what Tasmania has on offer!

Small tip…try and not do a day sailing if you are fidget feet like us; it’s a long crossing, especially when the stoke levels are through the roof and you just can’t wait to get there.

Once we hit land again we headed out to Rob and Emily’s place for some dinner, beers and advice on the best spots in Tas.

Looking over Dove Lake on route to the summit of Cradle Mountain
Yes Shane we are going all the way up there, into the cloud, to the summit of Cradle Mountain

Next morning we headed out to Cradle Mountain to hike to the summit. Luckily for us, we had the perfect weather; the morning started a little overcast and cool, but the cloud soon burnt off and we were treated to clear skies the closer we got to the top.

on route to Cradle Mountain Summit
And the scrambling starts…on route to Cradle Mountain Summit

A little tip if you go to Cradle Mountain (thanks Emily and Rob) – try and get there early, and mid-week so you can park at the Dove Lake car park rather than getting the shuttle bus in from the visitor’s centre. The car parks and info centre are set up to make it seem like you have to get the shuttle bus into the park (nightmare) – but if you drive pass the info centre/shuttle pickups, up to the Dove Lake car park gate and the amber lights are not flashing, there are spaces left to park right at the start of the hike – win!

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There are a few routes you can take in the area, including the start of the Overland Track, but we chose the most direct route to the highest point – up the Wilks Lake track and across the Face Track, to the Cradle Mountain Summit climb, and then back down Overland Track via Marions lookout and the Wombat pool.

Dove Lake trail
Dove Lake trail

Starting around Dove Lake the trail was mellow and offered a lovely lakeside stroll. Then just after the Ballroom forest, we turned up onto the Wilks Lake trail and the climbing started. They don’t mess around in Tas…

With Dove lake in the background; Getting the heart rate up on the Wilks Lake trail before heading heading over to the Face trail
Dove lake in the background; Getting the heart rate up on the Wilks Lake trail before heading over to the Face trail

We then traversed along the awkward Face trail to the start of the summit climb. The summit climb is rated as level 5, and you can see why from the photos below. It’s a full body effort, with a high consequence if you fall. Not a hike to be attempted in the rain, but a lot of fun!

But the 360 views from the top were well worth it!

After lunch, we headed back down the summit climb and out via the more mellow Marions Lookout.

Here is the Strava route – roughly 14km over 900meters of ascending.

We finished the day with a pub dinner with Rob and Emily, and got ready to head out to DERBY!!!

 

 


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