The most direct route from Launceston to Cradle Mountain takes you through Deloraine and onwards on a magical journey through rolling hillsides of farmland, into a picturesque valley and, in the heart of it all, the tranquil small town of Mole Creek.
Base yourself in Mole Creek and Cradle Mountain is an easy day trip through amazing scenery. There’s many things to see along the way – but that will be for another day because you won’t be able to fit it all in.
Devils Gullet and Lake Mackenzie
Just past the famed Mole Creek Caves, there is a turn off onto Mersey Forest Road. Take this road for a short distance, then turn left into Lake Mackenzie Road which will lead you to the stunning short walk and look-out at Devils Gullet and eventually to Lake Mackenzie.
Mersey River and Lake Rowallan
Continue straight on down Mersey Forest Road to reach the Mersey River Whitewater Course and Lake Rowallan, the site of many canoeing and whitewater competitions.
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Mersey Forest Road also provides access to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, a pristine wilderness area which can only be explored on foot.
Onwards to Cradle Mountain
From Mole Creek it is a 90 minute drive to Cradle Mountain through forest and spectacular mountain scenery, including a mountain-top lookout where you will feel, quite literally, on top of the world.
Just continue on past the Mole Creek Caves through Liena and over Mt Roland until you reach the C136 where you will turn left to Moina, and left again to Cradle Mountain.
Once there, you can simply enjoy the scenery or take an easy walk around Dove Lake or enjoy one of the many other walks in the area.
Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot
Along the way, after you join the Moina-Sheffield road, you will come across a turnoff to the quirkily-named Promised Land – home to the even quirkier Village of Lower Crackpot and Tasmazia. This wonderful family attraction features no less than 8 mazes, a whimsical model village built to 1/5th scale, the Honey Boutique, the Pancake Parlour, a gift shop and a lavendar farm, all featuring the wonderful backdrop of majestic Mount Roland.