Warm up the engine and wend your way right into the western wilderness.
3 day itineraries
- Cradle Mountain
- East Coast
- Freycinet Peninsula
- Heritage Highway
- Hobart and Beyond
- Hobart and Port Arthur
- North West
- Tamar Valley
Launceston to Cradle Mountain
Set out towards Cradle Country to Sheffield – also known as the Town of Murals, for obvious and picturesque reasons – and order a local lunch with a glass of Tasmanian wine from Naomi’s Kitchen.
Next stop is a place called Promised Land (it’s really called that!). There, in the foothills of Mount Roland, you’ll happen upon the tiny Village of Lower Crackpot – a miniature township hidden deep inside the hedges of Tasmazia. Owner Brian Inder has spent 20 years transforming his dairy property into a 20,000 plant lavender farm and a series of winding mazes – including the world's largest, allegedly.
Once arriving at Cradle Mountain, embark on the Enchanted Walk. This is not part of Brian's wonderland – it's actually a riverside walking track in the nearby Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. The 20-minute loop starts at Cradle Mountain Lodge and winds leisurely through the buttongrass plains alongside Pencil Pine River.
Check into your Cradle Mountain accommodation and get ready for a dusk dinner among the trees in Hellyers Restaurant, Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village.
Cradle Mountain wilderness
Spend your morning on an indoor nature walk at The Wilderness Gallery. Exhibiting an ever-changing array of environmental photography, the building is actually a series of interlinked galleries built around an enclosed native garden.
When it’s time for lunch just pull up a fireside seat at the Cradle Mountain Lodge Tavern Bar and Bistro.
Dove Lake’s six kilometre circuit track is one of Tasmania’s premier walks. It will take you right around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain.
Keep an eye on the clock because the Devils@Cradle feeding tour happens at 5.30pm sharp – or the devils get mad. Not true, they're actually far cuter than their name suggests. This is a rare chance to observe these unique animals in the company of some fellow carnivorous marsupials – the eastern and spotted-tail quoll.
Then choose your own dinner from the seasonal buffet at the bustling (and appropriately named) Quolls Restaurant at Cradle Mountain Chateau, part of the amazing Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.
Cradle Mountain to Launceston
Kick off with a tour of the fresh water ponds at 41° South Tasmania salmon and ginseng farm in Deloraine. The property's wetlands were created to act as a natural bio-filter but this comes with the added bonus of birds – which visit to feed, breed and nest. Take your complimentary bag of fish food and wander the boardwalk to Montana falls then head back to the farm.
There's a lot more to see in Deloraine, including the studio and gallery of watercolourist Tony Smibert. With a view right down to the Great Western Tiers, he shares the space (and inspiration) with his wife Carmel Burns –whose prints are available to buy alongside limited editions of Tony's landscapes and contemporary abstracts.
For lunch don’t go past the Deloraine Deli – a local favourite for baguettes, salads and gourmet pantry supplies. As you prep for the trip home, the café and gift shop are reliable sources of espresso and Tassie-made gifts.