Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a 90-minute drive from Launceston in Tasmania. The World Heritage-listed national park is one of the state's many magical spots and Dermott Brereton enjoyed all it had to offer. It has pristine crater catchments, glaciated mountainous landscapes and many rare and threatened alpine plants.
It's a favourite destination for travellers from around the world, who delight in what nature has provided. Dove Lake Walk is one of the most popular adventures. The 2km-long glacial lake is at the base of Cradle Mountain and the 7.5km walk takes about two hours. On the trail, there are spectacular mountain views, bush and native animals.
Mole Creek Karst National Park is nearby and well worth visiting. Its 1345 hectares have 300 limestone caves and sinkholes with stalactites, stalagmites, cathedral caves and endless glow-worms. Two caves are richly decorated and can be viewed by tourists.
Among all the big gems is a little gem: Lemonthyme Lodge. Hidden in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park, Lemonthyme's main log cabin was built in 1988, with environment and wildlife in mind. There are wonderful walks close-by. Waterfalls Walk takes in the beautiful Champagne and Bridal Veil Falls. Two 20 minute walks Fernglade and Big Tree are easy going and all are breathtakingly stunning. The three-hour return walk to Lake Cethana is quite strenuous.
Guests have a good choice of where they wish to stay, including one- and two-bedroom treetop cabins, luxury wilderness spa suites and main cabin houses. There's a bar, restaurant, and an open fire keeps you snug in cold weather.
Wallabies, wombats and possums are some of the beautiful creatures arriving to graze at dusk.
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Lemonthyme Lodge rooms start at $265 a night for two people. The two-bedroom cabin starts at $300 for two. Main House Cabins start at $320 for two. Luxury Wilderness Spa starts at $350 for two. Extra adult costs $95 and extra child $47.50. Cost includes bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates, breakfast and two-course dinner. These special rates will not apply from December 23, 2009, to January 30, 2010.
Virgin Blue has flights to Launceston.
One-way fares from:
- Melbourne $69
- Sydney $89
- Adelaide $139
- Brisbane and Canberra $149
- Perth $290
- Darwin $330
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.
Europcar has car hire starting at $69 a day.
Prices correct at November 19, 2009.
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