WARATAH - THE PERFECT BASE LOCATION
Waratah is the perfect location to use as a base for exploring some beautiful parts of this country - especially if Cradle Mountain or Corinna Wilderness Village are on your list. Get up close to some magnificent waterfalls, explore ghost towns and old mines, go on a cruise, kayak or trek through the Tarkine rainforest and see a huge range of fungi species. If you stay at the Bischoff Hotel, you will have exclusive access to a dine-in or take-away breakfast and packed lunch to keep up your energy for your exciting day ahead.
Destination - Corinna Wilderness Village
Many of the guests that stay at the Bischoff Hotel make their way to Corinna the next day. The majority of these people take a cruise on the 1945 Arcadia II along the Pieman River. This cruise is considered to be the best river cruise our patrons have taken. The cruise passes close to the wreck of the SS Croydon at the mouth of the Savage River and to Lover’s Falls near the mouth of the Donaldson. This is an uplifting and authentic experience, rich in history, nature and personal anecdotes. You must add this to your itinerary if you haven't already.
Corinna is an ex-mining town and is now a wilderness retreat. You can explore this magical area via river cruises, kayaking and walking. You can even access the other side of the Pieman River via the Fatman Barge if you are heading south towards Zeehan. Read More: Corinna Wilderness Village
The 70-minute journey from Waratah to Corinna is on a sealed road until you reach Savage River. The rest of the track is unsealed, however most vehicles will have no problem travelling there unless towing a big rig of some kind. There is a lot to explore between Waratah and Corinna - see below for some ideas.
Along the Road to Corinna
Whyte Hills Lookout
Located 10km from Waratah on the B23 towards Corinna, The Philosopher falls track is a must do, taking you through the beautiful, wild and colourful Tarkine forest.
Just a five minute (1 km) drive past Philosopher Falls (on the Corinna Road), Whyte Hills Lookout offers a panoramic view of the North-West corner of the Tarkine Wilderness. This lookout has easy access from a car park, and provides interpretive signage and great photographic opportunities of Australia's largest area of temperate rainforest. It also has an impressive sculpture by Tasmanian artist Matt Calvert.
DESTINATION - CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Cradle Mountain forms part of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage and is an explorers paradise, with rugged landscapes, ancient rainforest and cascading waterways. You can awake from an awesome night sleep in your accommodation at the Bischoff Hotel and only need to drive a short 40 min journey to spend the day at Cradle Mountain.
Just a 45-minute drive from the Bischoff Hotel is Cradle Mountain - a locality and mountain in the Central Highlands region. The mountain is 1,545 metres above sea level and is located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Despite its popularity, it is only the sixth-highest mountain in Tasmania. There's lots of things to do and see
Immerse Yourself at Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain Helicopters
Day and Night tours. A world class wildlife conservation facility at Tasmania’s premier wilderness destination. The spectacular and pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain is home to the mysterious and secretive Tasmanian Devil. Devils @ Cradle is a unique Tasmanian conservation sanctuary located at the entrance to the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Whilst we concentrate primarily on the Tasmanian devil, the sanctuary is also home to the closely related Spotted-tail and Eastern quolls. Tasmania’s three largest carnivorous marsupials are all now threatened in one way or another in the wild.
Park services including maps, weather reports & shuttle buses, plus a large souvenir store & cafe. "The Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Transit Terminal is the departure point for the Dove Lake shuttle bus. The shuttle bus service aims to protect the important values of the World Heritage Area and preserve the visitor experience by limiting vehicle numbers in the park. The Cradle Mountain Interpretation Centre and Rangers Station is located just inside the national park entrance and features informative displays and an art gallery. The centre is open daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (hours are extended during peak periods).
Dove Lake is a glacially carved lake directly beneath Cradle Mountain and this 6km hiking track is one of the premier walks in Tasmania. It starts at the Dove Lake carpark and in a clockwise direction takes you around Dove Lake, beneath Cradle Mountain, and returns through magnificent rainforest to the starting point. You will see some of Tasmania's special vegetation, such as buttongrass, myrtle, sassafras, fagus and King Billy pine.
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Helicopter tour company located north of the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre offering tours that take in the beauty of the mountain peaks and many beautiful lakes. A number of tours are available including the famous “Cradle Mountain and Fury Gorge Adventure”, or one of the longer flight options.
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