If you want to enhance your wellbeing by communing with nature and really experiencing the great outdoors, few places offer better options than the island of Tasmania. It’s off Australia’s southern tip and too often left off maps of Australia that just show the mainland. On a recent visit to Cradle Mountain, we discovered why this has become one of the island’s favourite and famed destinations. The mountains are not especially high – Cradle Mountain being at its highest just over 5,000 feet. But their steepness, shape, distinct characteristics and the lakes which are dotted through the range, give the whole area a dramatic, picturesque quality.
The most spectacular, but very steep, climb up to the base of Cradle Mountain, is via the Face Track, starting at Dove Lake and requiring pulling yourself up by chains towards the top.
You get a completely different perspective of Cradle Mountain from the top of the Face Track