Located in the central highlands of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park offers scenic hikes along beautiful aged rainforests, pristine jeweled lakes, and rugged mountain terrain.
Cradle Mountain is about a two-hour drive from Launceston, a quaint, humble town in Tasmania. After spending a day in Launceston and being thrown off guard by the stillness of the town, my family and I were ready to take a day trip to the National Park.
The second city stop in our Australia trip was Launceston, Tasmania. Because Launceston is a fairly secluded town, there was no direct flight from Darwin; we had to fly through Melbourne first. Launceston is the third oldest city in Tasmania, an island located on the southeastern tip of the Australian continent.
We arrived in Launceston at around 9 pm, our flight one of only a handful that landed there that night. At the baggage claim area, two carousels spun slowly, waiting to be loaded. After we got our bags, we headed outside the airport to look for a taxi. The cold air was accompanied by barren strips of road and darkness.