Boasting rolling farmland, home to some of the region's finest agriculture and local produce, the Cradle Hinterland winds its narrow roads making their way to alpine terrain at Cradle Mountain. Exploring the Cradle Hinterland you will be treated to mountainous backdrops and laid-back small towns. Home to world-renowned bush-walking and excellent accomodation and dining, The Cradle Hinterland draws visitors from all over the world to experience its magic.
Latrobe is a river town famous for its heritage and the fresh produce that grows in the region’s rich and fertile soils. Dating back to the 1820s, Latrobe was once the main port of the Cradle Coast. There are more than 70 heritage listed buildings in the town, with many that can be seen on a simple stroll or guided tour down Gilbert Street with its eclectic shops, cafes, arts and crafts and antique stores.
Sheffield, in the foothills of majestic Mount Roland, is a friendly rural town where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Once a centre for industry, the town has reinvented itself as an arts community. The famous Sheffield murals trace the history of the area and feature Cradle Mountain pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, Tasmanian Tigers, and pictorial representations of characters and stories of the past on its buildings.
Located between Latrobe and Sheffield, Railton is known as the Town of Topiary with more than 100 imaginative topiary characters found in its main street. Railton's topiary is one facet of the Kentish Municipality's “Outdoor Art Gallery”. There are many topiaries underway in various stages of growth.
Wilmot is a small rural township located in Cradle Hinterland about 40 minutes south west of Devonport and is the last stop before Cradle Mountain. Passing through Wilmot will showcase pastoral scenery and a host of quirky letterboxes.
Gunns Plains is a rural area, best known for its picturesque farmland. Nearby is Wings Wildlife Park and the amazing Gunns Plains Cave in the Gunns Plains State Reserve, approximately 30 kilometres south of Ulverstone. Its wonderful limestone formations include calcite shawls and flow-stones and it also has a glow-worm display.
Mount Roland, standing at 1233m tall, provides a stunning backdrop to the Kentish Municipality and is the spiritual centrepiece of the local community. Visible from many different locations across the Cradle Coast, Mount Roland is a popular bush walking area, with two options for reaching the summit; a harder 'face track' and a less vigorous route beginning from the mountains west side.
It is rare in the world to find such a powerful place as the Leven Canyon, that is so easy to access. Enjoy spectacular sweeping views from Cruickshanks Lookout 275m above the Leven River. Alongside the track, discover ferns, brightly coloured fungi and native wildlife. The reserve, almost 2,500 ha, is a refuge for Tasmanian plants, animals and birds. Experience them on a range of fascinating walks, most of them easy. Relax in bushland surrounds while having a picnic or barbecue. There’s much to explore, so allow at least two hours on-site.
Vale of Belvoir
The Vale of Belvoir is widely recognised as one of the most important places for nature conservation in Australia. Five hundred hectares of private land sit in the core of this exceptional conservation landscape. The tussock grasslands of the Vale of Belvoir are home to shy ground parrots, endangered ptunarra brown butterflies and numerous wildflowers. It is also home to one of the densest populations in the world of marsupial carnivores, including the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll and endangered Tasmanian devil.
The Dial Range is located to the south of Penguin township on the central northwest coast of Tasmania. The Range extends 14 kms south to the Leven River at Gunns Plains and is about 4-5 kms wide between the hillfaces of Pine Road on the west through to the Leven River forming it's eastern boundary. Within the Dial, there's excellent bushwalking and recently established mountain biking trails to enjoy.
Mersey River Forest Reserve
Mersey River Forest Reserve covers an area of about around 610 hectares, including bushwalking trails through lush forests. The forest Reserve will soon host additional mountain bike trails for locals and visitors to enjoy, adding the extensive network already established in the Cradle Coast and Tasmania.