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From the East Coast to Cradle Mt Country - Tassie Day 14

Travelling from Coles Bay to Moina near Cradle Mountain

Sunday
September 22, 2013
297 km
Rain. 10 to 16 degrees
Feeling like moving on.

So this is the view from our deck of Muirs Beach and Saffire resort. Does that mean people at Saffire are paying $1800 a night just to look at us on our deck?
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Today was a travel day. Leaving Coles Bay we momentarily headed south on the Tasman Highway and then North West on the B54 climbing the mountains toward the midlands. It wasn’t long before we left dry road and straight into rain. Reaching Campbell Town, (named after Governor Macquarie’s wife’s maiden name of Campbell - in 1821), we headed north along the Midlands Highway commonly known as the Heritage Highway Region. So much water lying around the countryside and lots of swollen creeks and rivers indicating how much rain has been falling up here in the last week.

As we were heading for a quick stop at the Gourmet Sauce Co. at Evandale we decided to catch up with that previously closed for spring cleaning but highly recommended ‘Ut Si Cafe’ in Perth. A cute old church transformed into a funky little cafe. Crowded - in a small space. We had to share a table with this poor young guy trying to eats his eggs. Nice coffee, Latte art – good sign. Slight bitter taste but brilliant after taste. Just perfect to set us on our way for the rest of the journey.
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Left the highway at Deloraine to head west and a quick stop at Chudleigh for some honey tasting. Extremely picturesque touring country. Then on to Mole Creek to try and pick up something quick for lunch. Not much luck – they wanted $18 for a scallop pie – forget it. Carried on to Sheffield in torrential rain. It’s Sunday arvo, it’s Tasmania, it’s all closed – including tourist info. Picked up a BBQ chook in desperation at the IGA and headed through the rain on a very pretty but windy road through farmland, mountains and forests to an intersection, otherwise known as Moina.

Settled in our lodge at ‘Cradle Chalet Boutique Lodge’.
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Very comfortable if not controversial. We had been a bit concerned about what to expect with this accommodation. We actually booked it weeks ago when we were still at home and then discovered some really bad reviews on the internet. The main reason it is controversial is because it is kind of promoted as being in Cradle Mountain – but it is 30 km away. So they charge Cradle Mountain prices and then people – like us – get tricked and pay an inflated price. When you discover the location you find there are strictly no refunds or cancellations. They also promote the lodges as being self contained but cooking facilities are a toaster, jug and microwave with limited equipment. I think that is because they want you to buy meals off them at –‘ inflated prices’. The people running it are also ...... a bit odd!
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Hey, but we find it warm, really comfortable and we have our own cooking stuff. It also suits us as we are happy to be out of the national park. It would be great .. at half the price.

And No internet coverage.

Tomorrow – Mountain walking.

Posted by peterjday 00:51 Archived in Australia Tagged tasmania tassie cradle_mountain peterjday cradle_chalet moina

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