Cradle Mountain is the main reason why I wanted to visit Tasmania. It’s Overland Track was considered as one of the 10 best walks in the world by Lonely Planet (Source: Here). It’s a 65km of wilderness from Cradle Mountain National Park to Lake St. Clair National Park. It was suggested that the track should be done in 6 days and so that’s why I scheduled our trip to be 9 days long.
The famous Cradle
Little did I know that you should register and pay $180 (woah!) and there are only a limited number of walkers allowed to start the track per day. They explained that the fee and controlling the number of walkers allows them to preserve the national park. I had to asked Andrew first if it’s ok for him to pay $180 to be able to walk for 6 days (sounds ridculous, right?). He said he doesn’t mind, so I tried to book the walk. Because our trip falls on the Easter holiday, there were no more slots on any day that we can start the walk. I was so devastated! How can a mountain be fully booked?! I’m sure it can accommodate 2 more extra walkers. We’re even going to bring our own tent! I didn’t have any other choice but to be contented on just doing some walks in the park and hoping that on my next Tassie trip, I’ll be able to do the Overland Track.
Weather was on our side o the 2 days that we were in Cradle Mountain, and maybe because we already used up all our bad luck when we tipped our van (see story here). So for our 5th day, we waited until 10AM until we could get our new rented car. We couldn’t book another campervan, we just settled for a small Nissan Micra which turned out to be perfect when drove through the mountains.
2 hours drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain
We got stuck behind this big and slow truck