Tasmania Day 4: Stanley + Cradle Mountain

The Nut @ Stanley

You can breathe in some of the world’s cleanest air in the Northwest of Tasmania, one of the most pristine regions in the world with important remaining tracts of temperate rainforest.

Stanley is a lovely, laid back tourist town that serves as a gateway to Edge of the World, Woolnorth Wind Farm and Rocky Cape National Park, those amazing attractions that I’ve been to on my first trip in Tasmania.

The distinctive flat-topped headland looming on the horizon along the Bass Strait is Stanley’s iconic landmark – The Nut, an ancient volcanic formation.

To reach the top of The Nut, you can hike up 150 metres or take The Nut Chairlift. We took the easy way up!

Taking the Chairlift up The Nut… at the same time, enjoying the spectacular panoramic views of Stanley and the Bass Strait.

Hike along the 2 km The Nut Circuit or simply take in the breathtaking views on top of The Nut. More info on DiscoverTasmania.

Fauna and flora thrive in Tasmania. Flower lovers, you’ll bring back a huge photo collection of Tasmanian flowers at the end of the trip.

Someone’s garden.

I can’t name this!

At the town, we came across this cute golden retriever with a smiley face!

My second visit to Stanley Hotel Bistro since two years ago and the food quality is consistently great. Of cos, it’s award-winning bistro that specializes in making great pub food with Tasmanian produce. We even celebrated a friend’s birthday at the Bistro.

Address of Stanley Hotel Bistro: 21 Church Street, Stanley, TAS 7331
Web: http://www.stanleytasmania.com.au/stanleyhotelbistro.html

Cradle Mountain

Does the craggy profile of the Cradle Mountain look familiar to you on this blog? Scroll up the page and the header photo of this blog is Cradle Mountain. Now you know where this place is! The captivating landmark is Tasmania’s natural icon and the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a must-visit World Heritage Area.

The Cradle Mountain weather is highly unpredictable with abundant rainfall and mostly cloudy. It was my second visit to the Cradle Mountain and now I wish to stay there for many days on my third visit!

Lady Luck was with us and we managed to catch a glimpse of the full craggy profile of the Cradle Mountain! By the time I took this shot, a cloud drifted over the mountain. However, a curious wallaby posed for me and make up for it!

The scenic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is covered with an array of alpine and sub-alpine jewels, an abundance of wildlife and glacial lakes. Urgh.. I wish I’ve more time to hike along the nature trails and discover more of its untouched beauty!

Boat Shed at Dove Lake, one of the most photographed spots at the National Park.

More info on Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park on DiscoverTasmania.

Highland Restaurant

Nestled in the lush green Cradle forest, the Highland Restaurant at Cradle Mountain Lodge is a diner’s choice for Tasmanian cuisine and a wide selection of wine where you can find at the walk-in wine cellar.

Highland Restaurant @ Cradle Mountain Lodge
Web: http://www.cradlemountainlodge.com.au/food-wine/highland-restaurant/

Read Cradle Mountain Part 2, Tasmania Bay of Fires and all posts on Tasmania.