Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
Up into the Mountains | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
My Stanley to Cradle Mountain self drive itinerary takes in several rainforest and nature walks on the way to Cradle Mountain.
I have tried to take yo0u off the beaten track a little to experience some parts of tTasmania not reached by the casual visitor.
Things To See and Do | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
Dip Falls Forest Reserve | the Big Tree | Mawbanna | Yolla | Hellyer Gorge Reserve | Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
Background | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
To drive point to point without stopping will take about 3 hours, but allow an extra two hours for walks and diversions.
You can either leave Stanley late morning, or leave early and aim to arrive in Cradle Mountain during the afternoon to get in some walks before sunset.
Stanley to Dip Falls | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
Leave Stanley by turning left onto the A2 Bass Highway and drive towards Burnie. Just after you pass Black River, watch for a turnoff on the right (inland) that takes you to Mawbanna and the Dip Falls Forest Reserve.
Drive through a forested area before coming out into rolling farmland in the Mawbanna Valley. After passing through the township of Mawbanna, take the turnoff road to Dip Falls Forest Reserve.
Dip Falls | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
There is an unmanned information booth at the parking area at the Falls, and it is just a short walk over the road bridge to the viewing platform.
The view is breathtaking, and Dip Falls are spectacular, especially after a heavy rain.
The water crashes over hexagonal basalt columns, formed by cooling volcanic rock – at times the water seems to bounce from column to column, making this one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Tasmania.
From the parking area, a path also leads to the base of the falls. It is quite a scramble through the bush, but the view looking back and upwards gives the walk a huge payoff.
The Big Tree | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
The Big Tree is another kilometre further on and provides a chance to get up close to this 62 Meter (203 Ft) tall Eucalyptus.
Take a walk around the 17 Meter (55 Ft) base of the tree on the well maintained boardwalk and feel the quiet of the Tasmanian bush.
Back to the Highway | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
After time at Dip Falls, retrace your steps to the Mawbanna Road and turn right.
The road will become Newhaven Road and wind its way through forests with the occasional cleared area for cattle before it T-joins the Montumana Road looking over the Montumana farming area.
Turn right onto Montumana Road and follow it a short distance to the A2 Bass Highway. Turn right (east) onto the A2 Bass Highway.
Yolla Backroads | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
As the A2 Bass Highway bypasses Wynyard, watch for the turnoff to the right (inland) that will take you to the B26 road to Yolla.
The road will climb steadily through mixed trees and farmland and join the A10 Murchison Highway at Yolla. Take the A10 Murchison Highway towards Strahan and Queenstown.
Hellyer Gorge | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
During a very winding stretch of road through the forests, there will be a sign for Hellyer Gorge State Reserve.
If inclined, stop and take the walk into the forest. After Hellyer Gorge, stay on the A10 Murchison Highway south.
Cradle Mountain | Stanley to Cradle Mountain Self Drive Itinerary
After crossing the B23 / B18 junction, stay on the A10 Murchison Highway and watch for the turnoff to the left (east) onto the C132 Belvoir Road to Cradle Mountain.
At Middlesex, watch for the turnoff to the right as a branch of the C132 heads into Cradle Moutnain National Park and Dove Lake.
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