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at Cradle Mountain

There is nothing quite like getting back to nature and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Here are my tips for kids to leave the electronics at home and have some fun in the wilderness.

Sleep in a rainforest

Cradle Mountain is located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Australia. Listed as a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, it’s a popular place for hikers, photographers, nature lovers and tourists. Looking to get close to nature, we chose to stay in a two bedroom self- contained cottage at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. The accommodation here is situated in a temperate rainforest in Cradle Valley on the edge of the Lake St Clair National Park. Each cottage is surrounded by nature and wildlife so you may even come face to face with a wallaby, wombat or possum from your cottage balcony like we did. The village has an on-site restaurant that caters well for kids and an outdoor playground for the kids to enjoy.

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See the Looney Tunes Character Taz come to life

Devils@Cradle is the Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary for endangered species located near the entrance of the Cradle Mountain National Park. The Devils are found only in Tasmania and are almost impossible to find in the wild, so a visit to the sanctuary is the perfect opportunity to get up and close with this endangered species. Take a guided day keeper tour and you’ll get the chance to see how the Devils play fight, sleep and hunt for food. Kids will also love the after dark feeding tours when the devils are their most active.

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Walk on the wild side

There are many enjoyable and fairly easy walking tracks for kids around Cradle Mountain. Older kids will love the 6-kilometre walk around Dove Lake Circuit while the Enchanted Walk is a very easy 20-minute walk, perfect for younger kids but suitable for the entire family. Make sure you stop to enjoy the scenery along the way and have a try at mastering the art of stone skimming on Dove Lake. Spotting wild life along the walking tracks such as birds, wallabies, wombats and even snakes makes for an even more adventurous day out.

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Get out of town

Make sure you spend some time exploring and having fun in the quaint country towns that surround the Cradle Mountain area. A short drive from Cradle Mountain you’ll find the World of Tasmazia, the largest maze complex in the world, where you will find a full day of fun for the entire family as you get lost in one of the 8 mazes, explore the model village, gardens and lavender farm. The town of Sheffield is also a must visit, famous for being Tasmania’s outdoor art gallery known as ‘Mural Town’. Kids will love the local Fudge store here called Fudge’ n’ Good Coffee, where there seems to be endless supplies and flavours of this creamy homemade treat.

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