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Northern Tasmania's Cradle Mountain should be on everybody's must see things in Australia. This is wilderness personified and, bless the tree huggers, it's been saved for perpetuity.
Initial access is via a sealed road except for the last couple of kilometres and you have to pay National Parks and Wildlife to access the area (under $10 per vehicle when I was last there).
For the casual walker there's the two hour easy walk on made paths and wooden bridges around Dove Lake that takes you beneath the Mountain. There are also several variations on that for different vantage points of the mountain and its precincts.
For the dedicated there is a 4-7 day hike that finishes at Lake St. Clair, the next lake south, called the Overland Track.
For the lazy there are scenic flights. Either way it's a buzz.
There is plenty of accommodation here but you may need to book ahead in peak times.
There are a couple of things to remember - ALWAYS bring some cold weather clothing, even in summer, and, rather obviously, have some comfortable footwear.
If you love nature, you'll love it here.
Directions: Central north western Tasmania
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