The eucalyptus-scented rain forests of Cradle MT and Tarkine National Park (please be aware that the Tarkine region is not a national park at this point of time. The Tarkine region contains the Savage River NP and might soon be declared a national park itself.) fascinate many adventurers and hikers like me who always long to experience the remarkable view of a natural treasure.
Cradle MT National Park
Situated at the middle of St. Clair National Park, Cradle MT has been my long-time favorite when it comes to cool, serene adventurous spots, thanks to its numerous water forms including lakes and waterfalls delicately lying on both sides of the mountain. These water forms are time to time blushed by the unpredictable weather.
The place is perfect for either group or solo travelers. Generally, the mountain towers to about 5, 069 feet high. This can be a very tough climb for pioneer hikers. I began walking the remarkable scenic tracks before going to the mountain trail peak. As a good body warm up, I learnt to choose from the lengthy walks in the trails that included the King Billy Walk, Cradle Valley Boardwalk and Weindorfers Forest Walk. These track choices can be completed from 20 to 45 minutes or 2 to 3 hours walk for falls and lake trails.
I, together with my group decided to take the optional side trips to St. Clair Lake and the Dove Lake circuit walk accessibly found just beside the cradle. It can be visited before or after hiking the mountain.
It took me 9 hours to finish the trail and reach the peak of the mountain. As part of the Alpine region, the good vegetation within the area is pretty much obvious, where one may endure sudden rain showers and hard winds. Therefore, it is advisable to carry summer, rain and winter clothes just to be sure. Good thing is, I had a few. The mountain also shelters various wild wombats, Tasmanian devils, tiger snakes as well as few of bird species like falcons and wedge-tailed eagles amazingly appeared during our walk. If you have some dread for these animals, then brace yourself for some up-close encounters.
Tarkine National Park
After a good night sleep we then took our 4-wheeled drive to visit the Tarkine National Park (click to see some cool pictures) with its so called Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest.
On our walk through the region we followed the Pieman River and saw waterfall sites beneath the thick moos-covered trees of the forest. The next track will led to a small crater and at the end, we climbed the steep elevation to reach an overlooking view of the entire region.
The next 2 kilometer trail was taken with precaution, as it contains twisting lanes between huge slopes and rocks. Along the long trails, there are certain emergency sheds that may serve as a cabin for hikers who wanted to rest before proceeding to the peak. I also discovered that there can also be possible camping sites during night rest along the path appropriate for star gazing and night roaming.
After another night in the tent we then took a shortcut back to our car to head back to our headquarter to prepare for our next trip.
To be continued.