Friday 23 February, 2007
CRADLE MOUNTAIN - STANLEY
After another early morning visit to Dove Lake to capture the mirror images of Cradle Mountain reflected in the calm waters we make our way back to the Murchison Hwy and then turn off to visit the quaint town of Waratah with its waterfall in the main street of town! Then we head down another famous Targa Tasmania Rally road into Hellyer Gorge on our way to Wynyard back on Bass Strait
We head westward along the Bass Highway almost always in sight of Bass Strait. Here massive bluffs nudge out into the sea - Table Cape just beyond Wynyard, flat topped and fertile, with flowering tulips carpeting its field in spring; Rocky Cape, with its native orchids, bushwalks and sea cliffs; and Circular Head, where the historic village of Stanley snuggles up against the steep sided nut.
Rocky Cape National Park - A craggy promontory nudging out into Bass Strait,
Rocky Capes tracks, cliffs and beaches attract walkers and rock climbers. The areas
coastal heathlands bloom with wildflowers in summer and there is good fishing and diving
around the shores. Native wildlife is abundant.
The Nut Chairlift - The Nut, rising 152 metres from the sea, dominates the headland that the fishing village of Stanley shelters behind. No exertion is necessary when the chairlift takes you to the top for a seagulls view of the historic town and the east and west along the coast. The chairlift has 20 double seats and the trip takes about five minutes each way. You can get off at the summit and explore or take a non-stop round trip.