We left Cradle until the very end of our trip to Tasmania in the hope of seeing some snowfall. Whist cold, we weren’t quite lucky enough to see any white magic on the days when we visited. It didn’t stop us from absolutely loving our time at the park though!
We couldn’t visit Cradle Mountain without completing the Dove Lake Circuit! This 6km track walks you in a clockwise direction around Dove Lake, finishing at the famous Boat Shed. I had so looked forward to that special pic, but had not once considered the hundreds of other tourists that might have looked forward to it also. Im still getting used to Instagram vs. reality when it comes to major natural tourist attractions like this. I have no idea how some people manage to get the pics that they do, people free and looking like they’re the only soul within cooee. But I did manage to get one quick shot before the next bus load pulled up.
Anyway, after snagging a single pic of the Boat Shed we turned down the path to complete the next leg our our hike, a 3.2km stretch which would take us back to Ronny Creek. We were told by a Park Ranger that this would be the best location from which to spot a wombat in the wild. After trekking about 3.1km we certainly did see a wombat! Not just one either, 13 was the final count! Right at the end of the track, just before the bus stop. So if travelling with little kids and or on a tight schedule, perhaps just catching the bus out to Ronny Creek will do the trick.
From Ronny Creek we caught the bus back to the Ranger Station so that we could then go on to do the Enchanted Walk, another short 1.1km stroll. After browsing through the Ranger Station Information Centre, we headed south and enjoyed an easy hike through the Enchanted Woods. A beautiful little hike that hugged a small stream and looked like something out of a Harry Potter movie! Popping back out at the back of Pepper’s Lodge, we popped inside for a sneaky mulled wine before catching the last bus of the day back to the car park at the main entrance.
After 10.3km of hiking, we called it quits for the day. That was enough for this little family. I would love to go back and do more of Cradle Mountain one day, in fact the kids and I made a pact that for Seb’s 18th birthday we’d come back and do the Overland Track whilst Dad hold’s the fort back at the Derwent Bridge pub! Im actually really looking forward to it. Hopefully we can make it happen….