Choose to see the nearby Tamar Valley: see wetlands, farm lands, fruit orchards, galleries, honey farms, lavender farms, vineyards, blue gum plantations and much more today in the Tamar Valley; see why Tassie is so famed for its food and why even a milestone has a smile on its face! Be awed at Brady's Lookout. Perhaps choose to visit exciting Seahorse World today or see Platypus, both at pretty Beauty Point in the West Tamar Valley.
Tour a goldmine in gutsy Beaconsfield and say hello to the locals at the great bakery/cafe then stroll through beautiful private gardens and enjoy personal attention and great new facilities at the Rowella Lavender Farm before crossing the futuristic and majestic Batman Bridge to the pleasures of the East Tamar Valley. Head east to Pipers River, spotting prolific verge-side wild heath, wattle and gums flowering in season, perhaps stop at Pipers Brook for lunch at a vineyard at one of the welcoming cellar doors.
Make time to walk through pretty Lilydale, with street poles painted throughout with scenes from life in Tasmania and a mixture of art deco, colonial and country cottages and quaint country stores. Enjoy a short bushwalk and view a famous waterfall before continuing on to Launceston, deep in the valley below. Or simply choose to see the many delights of Launceston city; visit Cataract Gorge and Kings Bridge; see the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery or take a tour of a famous brewery.
DAY 2 Launceston - Cradle Mountain National Park
Travel westbound; pass by Entally Hall, pretty Westbury village and Deloraine climbing to high country and the little country township of Moina across the Middlesex Plains heading south to fabled Cradle Mountain to arrive before dusk.
See unique sub alpine flora and fauna, view majestic wedge tailed eagles in flight; in season, see picture perfect scenery as the mountain is dressed in soft white snow as you climb into true high country and beautiful wilderness; in springtime see sub alpine spring flowers dotting the mountains.
Finish the evening perhaps in the guest lounge, curled up with a hot drink marvelling at the expansive views across the valley to Cradle Mountain.
Overnight Cradle Mountain
DAY 3 Cradle Mountain National Park
Have your camera re-loaded as you discover wonderful Cradle Mountain National Park; perhaps take a stroll or brisk walk along Dove Lake; see temperate rainforest and in autumn, see the feast of colour presented by the endemic beech trees!
At the foot of Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake offers perfect pictures and fantastic views; see craggy peaks through Ballroom Forest, passing cascading streams, leatherwoods, sassafras trees, pandanis and beautiful myrtles and when the lake is calm, perfect reflections of Cradle Mountain. Take the circuit trail around Crater Lake or a boardwalk through the Cradle Valley. Learn of the history of Cradle Mountain National Park; visit pretty Waldheim, the wooden Austrian-style chalet, set alongside a mountain stream built by Gustav Weindorfer, the 'father' of the Cradle Mountain National Park.
Perhaps sight a wombat or two, wallaby, pademelon and currawong and look out for possums in the delightful wilderness. See waterfalls tumbling majestically over the glacial landscape. Perhaps end the day sharing experiences with like minded travellers in the lounge.
Overnight Cradle Mountain
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