The plane from Sydney land in Launceston at about 11.30am, we picked up our rental car, and headed straight of to our first destination - Cradle Mountain.
As we only got the cheap seats and didn't get food we were starving so the first stop was at cafe near Deloraine - our first taste of the delicious food that we would be having while we were here - although I do wish we had stopped at the raspberry farm and cafe we saw previously on the road.
Then it was on the road again, travelling along country roads, winding their way through the wilderness with plenty to see - high rocky mountain ranges, pastures with cows, sheep or alpacas and small townships. We stopped to watch a echidna waddling it's way along the side of the road. All this before we actually reached the Cradle Mountain area.
Once we entered Cradle Mountain area we seemed to encounter more wildlife - a wombat walked out across the road, another echidna and small pademelons - small wallaby type marsupials. Great to see.
Our accommodation was at the Highlanders Cabins in a cabin called the Bushmans Cabin. Nice place, nice location and nice cabin. The cabin was about 5 minutes drive down the road from the entry to the Cradle Mountains National Park.
The cabin was just what we needed - a small rustic cabin with a combined bedroom/living/dining area, a fully equipped kitchenette and a ensuite. I had requested breakfast for the morning so there was a basket with bacon, bread, eggs, tomatoes and the works - yummy.
After booking in we strolled around the grounds and came across some more of the wildlife - more pademelons and a currawong (a native bird with mainly black feathers with white in the tail feathers) with a mis-sharpen beak.
After our stroll around our cabin grounds drove down to the Peppers Cradle Mountain Resort and a short wilderness walk called The Enchanted Walk. It was a quiet walk along a stream side path, through native bush and shrub. There was a bridge that was blocked off due to, so called, structural damage. Dale ignored the signs and crossed anyway followed closely by me. It only took about 1/2 hour to walk and ended up at a small pond where resort stayers could fish for trout.
The resort had a pub/restaurant where we decided to stop for dinner before heading back to the cabin. The food was good pub food at a good price. On the way out we met a wombat wandering across a grassed area. On the way back to the cabin we bumped into a number of cars parked on the side of the road - there was another wombat wandering around in a clearing.
Upon getting back to the cabin we made a cuppa and sat on the stairs outside and watched the wildlife hop around. One of the pademelons had a small joey (baby) in it's pouch. There were probably other mothers around too.
Love this place - will stay longer than one night next time.