Late this afternoon we are off to Tasmania for a very quick trip to the Cradle Mountain area in Tasmania.
Why? Because it is Autumn and the Deciduous beech, or Fagus – Nothofagus gunnii is changing colour and putting on a fantastic show. We have never had the chance to see it in full “bloom” so now is the time!
This plan was hatched several weeks ago as we know the colours are generally most brilliant around Anzac weekend. (Anzac Day in Australia is the 25th April) Flights and accommodation were booked and then fingers and toes crossed, hoping our timing was right.
So, what is the plan you ask? Or, alternatively, how do you ‘do” Cradle Mountain” in a weekend?
- we’re both working, so will meet at Melbourne Airport for a 6pm flight to Launceston
- hire car pickup and a quick shop for some fresh food (and wine) in Launceston – drive to Cradle Mountain
- arrive around 10:30 pm at Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain (Cosy Cabins) – we would have bush camped somewhere but it is just a bit late at night
- sleep in our hiking tent
- up and away early…. use money saved on accommodation to have a nice breakfast – probably at Cradle Mountain Lodge (we LOVE that place)
- Shuttle Sue and our packs up to Dove Lake and then take hire car back to car park. Catch the shuttle bus, meet her and head off to Scott Kilvett Hut for the night (at a rambling pace)
- Route will be around Twisted Lakes and Artists Pool. (the “back” of Cradle Mountain) Stop frequently and enjoy.
- Arrive hut and have a wine or two (did I mention we will decant a red and white into a couple of Nalgene bottles?)
- gentle start….
- do the “grunt” up to the Overland Track junction and then head across the “front” of Cradle Mountain to Kitchen Hut
- wander across to, and down, Marion’s Lookout then around Crater Lake (the Fagus can be great here too)
- back to the “official” start of the Overland Track at Ronney Creek and a shuttle bus back to the car
- drive back to Launceston and check in at the Auldington Hotel – we have stayed there before , it is magic (picked up a deal on Last Minute)
- dinner with some Tassie mates that night (gotta love those internet relationships!)
- back at the airport by 9 am – (insert very sad face here)
- arrive Melbourne and then 90 minute drive to Geelong by 1pm, off to watch the footy at Kardinia Park.
We will post about the trip in a few days with some of our own images and maybe a video or two!
Have a great weekend! (we will)