tasmania is tops

cradle mountain tasmania australiaIf you could win the trip of your dreams in Australia would you choose to touch the tip of Australia at Cape York, learn about the legends of the Bungle Bungles from Aboriginal hosts, or like Express reader Susan Edwards, is Tasmania on the top of your list?…

“I couldn’t believe it when my name was drawn out of the barrel and I’d won two tickets to anywhere in Australia! I didn’t even have to think twice about where I would go, because for years I’ve been desperate to explore Tasmania.

I had visions of windswept empty beaches, lush and ancient forests, sleepy fishing villages, mirror-like glacial lakes, chilled local beers and delicious regional treats. Tasmania proved to be all this and more, but if I had to pick one highlight, it would be stunning Cradle Mountain.

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and it’s obvious why this unspoilt region should be protected. The landscape is wild and adventurous and quickly gives you the impression that weather conditions can change in an instant. From every angle the view is impressive and walking along the bush tracks we step through ancient rainforest and alpine healthlands to buttongrass and imposing tall pines.

The colours of Cradle Mountain are astounding. Every shade of green is expected, but the red splashes of new growth in the trees, vivid orange of lichen-covered rocks and sapphire-blue sky reflecting in the still lakes are all part of nature’s wonderful surprises. Amidst the most spectacular landscapes I breathe in the crisp, fresh air, and life seems to effortlessly fall into perspective, thanks to incredible Cradle Mountain.”

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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