Love your outdoor adventures? We do too! Which is why we were thrilled to spend a few days exploring Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain, the ultimate hiker’s paradise! Located a few hours drive south of Launceston, this World Heritage area is perfect for a weekend escape into the wilderness with a side of luxury.
Start your weekend on a quaint note by taking in the scenic views of the Vale of Belvoir conservation area located on the edge of the Cradle Mountain World Heritage area by horseback with Cradle Country Adventures. Alternatively, if you are more of an adrenaline junkie and don’t mind a bit of mud see the sights via quad bike.
Take a drive into nearby Sheffield. Known as the ‘town of murals’ Sheffield is like an outdoor gallery, with over 140 murals spread throughout the small town. Yvette’s Cafe offers some delightful salads and raw vegan cakes along with delicious coffee. Feeling energised? Why not travel on to a town called The Promised Land and try your luck at Tasmazia. This whimsical wonderland features eight large scale mazes which will have you running around for hours.
End the day by heading back to Cradle Mountain and enjoy a delicious meal at Hellyer’s located at the Wilderness Village. This restaurant offers a modern Australian menu alongside charming views of the Cradle Mountain rainforest.
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Rise and shine early and jump on a shuttle bus down to The Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Take it easy and wander around the picturesque Dove Lake (two hours) or test your limits and take on the mega hike known as Cradle Mountain Summit Bush Walk (five and a half hours). This hike involves unharnessed rock climbing so it’s not for the faint of heart!
If you like your wilderness with a little luxury which not enjoy a massage at the Waldheim Alpine Spa which is nestled within the five star Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Alternatively, relax in their therapeutic lounge known as The Sanctuary which includes a steam room, sauna and hot tub. Great for soothing those tired muscles you used while hiking!
After all that fresh air and exercise you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. So finish your Tassie weekend tasting some of the best food and wine the Apple Isle has to offer at Highland Restaurant. Head Chef Jee Lee, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu, changes the menu seasonally to showcase Tasmania’s famous fresh produce.