Iconic

Cradle Mountain features heavily in promotions of Tasmania. It is, I think, the island’s most iconic natural landmark, and it certainly draws in the tourists.  Other than at the Port Arthur convict site we have only encountered a few tourists at any given location.  Cradle Mountain is on an altogether different scale, reflecting, I guess, its iconic status.  Groups of tourists from the Chinese mainland are very much in evidence, but there are plenty of Aussies and a smattering of Europeans too.

As we begin to explore it becomes clear that the hype is justified. This is a great landscape to visit, though we are grateful that we visit at a time when the sky is mostly blue and the mountain tops rarely obscured by clouds:

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The landscape below is just a few kilometres away, but totally different.  It’s got a big population of wombats (don’t worry, the King of Cubes has a post all to himself, coming up next!)  You can’t call it spectacular, but it has a certain beauty:

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Cradle Mountain is a great place for serious hiking, but that’s not our thing.  Luckily, this pretty cascade is very close to the road:

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28 November

Author: Platypus Man

"Platypus" is a red herring: I'm English, although my blogging career began in my record of a 2016 road trip to Tasmania. Other blogs followed covering road trips in Newfoundland (2017), the Yellowstone area of the USA (2018) and New Zealand (2019). My current project is "Now I'm 64" , a weekly blog covering UK travel and wildlife, along with bits of history, social commentary and moans about the injustice of aging. I can guarantee a few laughs, and also the occasional rant. Some of it's even quite well written!

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