101 Reasons to Visit the Cradle Coast
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101 Reasons to Visit the Cradle Coast

  1. It's just 10 minutes between the beach and countryside
  2. The weird and wonderful flavours of Van Diemen's Land Creamery ice cream

    Photo: Van Diemens Land Creamery

  3. The wide range of produce and products at local markets
  4. Watching the whales frolicking in Bass Strait in early summer
  5. Baby wombats waddling on the side of the road in Waratah
  6. Live music and BYO platters on the wharf in Ulverstone, along the Leven River
  7. Wandering the wild West Coast rainforest with birds chirping, water dripping and soft footsteps

    Photo: Jess Bonde

  8. Spotting a platypus popping its head up to say “hello”
  9. Rugging up, grabbing the pooch and warming up with puppachinos and porridge on a winter morning at a local café
  10. Driving just one hour from beach to snowflakes
  11. Chilli hot chocolate at Anvers Chocolate Factory

    The House of Anvers contains a real chocolate taste sensation. It is located at Latrobe, Tasmania, in the property formally known as "Wyndarra Lodge", a stylish Californian bungalow house which was built in 1931.

  12. Lazing on a picnic rug in the garden at Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory.
  13. Sheffield; a town of murals

    Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kentish Council

  14. The winding drive through Cradle Hinterland
  15. The view of majestic Mount Roland from the farmland below
  16. Quaint toy and gift shop, Reliquarie in Latrobe
  17. Ben Milbourne’s CharlotteJack Restaurant
  18. The dinner and view from Mrs Jones
  19. Gorging on plump cherries at the Cherry Shed in Latrobe
  20. Eating Southern Rock Lobster in Stanley
  21. Quenching thirst with a Spreyton Cider
  22. Enjoying a Tavern Bar & Bistro log fire and beverage after bush walking at Cradle Mountain
  23. The beautiful Enchanted Walk and Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain
  24. Tiptoeing through the endless rows of blooming tulips at Wynyard in October

    Photo: Tourism Tasmania

  25. Sipping a Sauvignon Blanc while listening to live music at Ghost Rock Wines
  26. Walking behind waterfalls
  27. Wombats in snow!
  28. Berry picking with your pup (on a lead) at the Berry Patch in summer
  29. Colourful fungi spotting in autumn – blue, purple, red, orange and glow in the dark!
  30. Four distinct seasons – Fagus in Autumn, Tulips and baby animals in Spring, Snow in Winter and Boat harbour in Summer
  31. Everybody says “hello.” (we’ve got some very friendly locals!)
  32. The fertile red soil and rolling farmland
  33. Lush green farmland that meets the ocean in Marrawah.

    Photo: Jess Bonde

  34. Outdoor bath tubs at Eagles Nest Retreat and the King Billy Suite! (which really should be #1)

    King Billy Suites represent the ultimate in luxurious wilderness accommodation. King Billy Suites are expansive; featuring separate sleeping and living areas including a double sided wood fire, king size bed and oversized bathroom with spa. Outside, a large deck area includes a private hot-tub. Photo: Tourism Tasmania

  35. Jagged mountain peaks in Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park
  36. The walk and views from Rocky Cape to Anniversary Bay
  37. The drive down the hill into Boat Harbour where you see those azure waters
  38. The sound of cicadas and the smell of sun-warmed gum leaves at the Montagu caravan park in January and February
  39. KING ISLAND! (Cape Whickham Links, beef, cheese and the ultimate place for relaxation)

    The delicious tastes of King Island Cheeses! Photo: Instagram @kingislanddairy

  40. 15 hours of glorious daylight from sunrise to sunset in summer
  41. The stunning coastal drive from Penguin to Ulverstone
  42. Buying cherries from Perfecta Produce in Ulverstone (plus the amazing views!)
  43. Watching the moon reflecting on the water from any number of Coastal towns from Port Sorrell to Stanley
  44. Fish and Chips in Burnie (from the old school Octopus Fish Shop or new school restaurant Fish Frenzy)
  45. A paddle up the Cam River starting at the ocean and heading inland as the river winds through beautiful native bush
  46. Sailing into Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania at 6.30am as the sun comes up over the Mersey River and the river city wakes up

    Photo: Henry Brydon (We Are Explorers)

  47. Coffee and bagels from Fundamental Espresso in Devonport after getting off the boat.
  48. Serenity on the Overland Track
  49. View of Cradle Mountain from Marions Lookout
  50. Peaceful and relaxing vibes at Tullah Lakeside Lodge
  51. The forest track and reward of the jump at Forth Falls
  52. The sinkhole and Trowutta Arch
  53. Magical rock pools at Don Heads
  54. Renting a toboggan in Strahan and riding down Henty Sand Dunes
  55. Food, views and experience of Gordon River Cruises
  56. The climb to the top of Mount Murchison

    Photo: Jess Bonde

  57. Views from the top of Mount Farrell
  58. Whiskey tasting at Hellyers Road Distillery
  59. Baby Tasmanian devils at Wings Wildlife Park or Devils @ Cradle

    The world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, the devil has a thick-set, squat build, with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail. Photo: Tourism Tasmania, Supplied Courtesy of Kentish Council

  60. The best Indian takeaway from Spice House in Ulverstone
  61. Delicious coffee and lunch from the Chapel in Burnie
  62. Climbing to the top of The Nut in Stanley
  63. The Bird Hide at Narawntapu National Park
  64. Limited mobile service!
  65. Narrow winding farm roads taking you to unexpected places
  66. The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

    Southern Wild Distillery produces premium gin, whisky and liqueurs created around the pure water, fresh ingredients and passionate growers of Tasmania. Photo: Tourism Tasmania

  67. Heart pumping adventures at Cradle Mountain Canyons
  68. The BIG things sprinkled across the region (ie: the giant penguin in Penguin!)
  69. Summer outdoor live music all across the Cradle Coast
  70. The instagram-worthy Nelson Falls

    Photo: Jess Bonde

  71. The suspension bridge at the tallest waterfall in Tasmania, Montezuma Falls
  72. The newly developed Kelcey Tiers mountain biking trails
  73. The mountain bike park, cross-country biking trails and pump track at Penguin
  74. No traffic (whatsoever)
  75. No lines
  76. No loud noises (unless self-made)
  77. Often being the only one at a West Coast beach, bush walking trail or mountain top

    Photo: Jess Bonde

  78. Friendly faces of Scottish highland cattle!
  79. Southern Wild Distillery Strawberry Gin
  80. Waratah Falls - the falls on the edge of a town
  81. Summer picnics at Hawley Beach
  82. Archers Knob walk at Narawntapu National Park
  83. Giant ferns and temperate rainforest scattered across the entire region
  84. Feeling small next to Big Tree (spanning almost 17 meters around!)

    Photo: Jess Bonde

  85. Quiet sounds of the forest at Julius River
  86. The winding road into Queenstown
  87. Quirky and unique Unconformity in Queenstown
  88. The hut hike at Cradle Mountain Film Festival
  89. Pademelons!
  90. Incredible views of Aurora Australis (particularly on the West Coast!)
  91. Small batch producers; from honey to beer, kimchi and fire cider
  92. The solitude at Lake Burbury
  93. Tasting the local catch at Hursey Seafood in Stanley
  94. Taking a ride through lush Western landscapes with West Coast Wilderness Railway

    Experience the Wild West coast region in a very special way! Ride along with West Coast Wilderness Railway. Photo: Tourism Tasmania

  95. A West Coast sunset (next stop: Argentina)
  96. Viewing Penguins in the wild
  97. The farm to plate experience at Mount Gnomon Farm
  98. Delicious craft beers from Seven Sheds Brewery
  99. Wandering around the rugged and wild Sarah Anne Rocks on the West Coast
  100. The raw wilderness at Corinna
  101. The cleanest air recorded on earth at Cape Grim, the far north-west tip of Tasmania

    Photo: Cat Gale-Stanton

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