Wednesday, 14 June 2017

4 days in Tasmania - Cradle Mountain to Swansea - Day 2

Following on from my first post on my Tasmania trip (, here is day 2!

We decided to get up nice and early to catch some more of the amazing Cradle Mountain hiking trails, such as Crater Lake and Marions Lookout. The Cradle Mountain lodge page has a nice  summary of some of the Cradle Mountain walks. 

As you can see it was quite overcast and rainy. One tip to keep in mind when hiking in Cradle Mountain, be prepared for anything and everything. We encountered sun, rain and wind throughout our walk, and one thing I wish I had brought with me was cover for my face - I ended up very red and chapped from all the wind on the mountain.

After our walk, our next stop was the Devils@Cradle Tasmanian devils sanctuary, a conservation facility where you can see them up close and how they interact with each other.

Our final destination for the day was our accomodation at Swansea, with our drive taking us past Wilmot, the home of the letterbox trail. Wilmot is quite a scenic drive with a beautiful backdrop of Tasmanian's northern mountains and along the way are these quirky roadside letterboxes that the community has put together, mostly from scrap metal and other materials. 

Tassie devil mailbox in Wilmot

Minion mailbox

Wombat mailbox

It's a nice little distraction along a scenic drive - that's the thing about Tasmania, there's amazing scenery almost everywhere; think rugged mountains and lush greenery. We stopped along the way at a creek, hoping to spot some platypus but no such luck.

Next pit stop was Sheffield, better known as the town of murals for self-explanatory reasons. We grab some lunch here and walk around to see some of the cool murals around.

Sheffield is also one stop that you can stock up on groceries at the local IGA before heading into Cradle Mountain. 

We also take the scenic route (aka took a wrong turn and stuck with it!) which leads us to stop at Hillwood berry farm for a quick break and to try out the scones, of course. 

The scones are delicious, as expected. I don't think we had a bad scone during this whole trip and there were quite a few consumed. How cute is the raspberry tea cosy?

Tasmania is truly stunning no matter where you go. I was smitten by the gorgeous sunsets we had from our waterfront Swansea beach chalet. We managed to grab some cheese along the road trip and a bottle of red wine, just in time to enjoy the sunset from the balcony.

There are a couple of restaurants options in Swansea; we decide on a takeaway pizza from the Swansea hotel since we already had wine and snacks.

Hillwood Berry Farm Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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