January 6th – Launceston – Cradle Mountain

Up and ready for breaky meetup at 8:30am downstairs. The hardest part in this routine was to get the kids up on time, the prior night they had been all up till after mid-night.

Breakfast at the hotel was nothing fantastic, not that it mattered too much to us, we were staying away from meats and our go to menu was Croissants, toasts and for me the mini cup cakes!!

It was then out into our transport, 2 KIA Carnivals. Doc and Tina decided to take all the kids (a brave undertaking!!), whilst me, Nita, Vik & Meeta were in the other car. First stop – Pharmacy and Woolworths to get some essentials, water, chips etc.

By the time we got out of Launceston it was already 10am, then it was hitting the scenic route to Cradle Mountain – going through some amazing Landscapes.

Ofcourse the route would need to have stops for photos!

After what seemed like forever, we finally reached Cradle Mountain – YAY!!

Getting out of the car, we were all greeted by the mountain cold weather!! Wow it was cold here. Everyone was into their jackets. The air was crisp and so fresh, so much better than the hot humid alternative ;).

First stop the loo!! And then it was to the visitor centre to get the park entry passes. These passes covered our entry to the park and the use of shuttle buses that took people around the key areas of Cradle mountain – did not realise how BIG this place was. Private cars were not allowed within the ranges.

Passes sorted and a Cradle mountain jumper for Pooja bought, it was time to get something to eat – was getting to 1pm – headed to the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, had read great reviews of that place. Took the shuttle to the first stop and then it was a short walk to the lodge for Lunch.

Lunch was super at the Tavern, had the best Seafood Pasta – highly recommended. Now to hit the road and make our way to Dove Lake. Quick walk to the bus stop to wait for the next bus.

Waiting for the Shuttle

Next Stop Dove Lake to commence our hike.

Dove Lake Shuttle Stop

We did a short route that was just under one hour, it was an easy to moderate walk, nothing too stressful.
The Walk and the views were very scenic and so pleasant. In hindsight, it would have been great if we had more time – would have loved to do the entire Dove Lake walk – which is over 5 hours, well something for next time.

Walk done, now back to the Shuttle to the main Visitor Centre – had planned for a Coffee break, however the Coffee shop there had already closed!! So sad, it was only 3:30 pm and they had shut. A last bit of organising, loo break and then we were back in the cars on our long drive back to Launceston.

Dinner was at the Spice on Charles restaurant at Launceston, we went direct to that place to avoid missing out on dinner – restaurants here close too early :(.

Food was amazing at this place – highly recommended for the food, not so the ambience.

Back at the hotel, it was time to call it a night and give all those tired legs some rest.

Neha’s VLOG for the Day.

About dharmeshkalyan

Have always loved travelling and will continue to pursue this love. Favourite Travel quotes: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
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