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    National Park Pass

    by sirgaw Written May 18, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Tasmania has an astounding array of National Parks scattered across the Island State and that also includes the islands of the Bass Straight and other islands. The excellent Parks and Wildlife web site lists 19 parks that can be visited and some of these justifiably enjoy the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Listing. Another park not listed and difficult to access is the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island World Heritage Area as well as an impressive list of marine reserves and around 880 other reserves.
    Visitors to the 19 National Parks do need a Park Pass, either a day pass or one of a number of other passes available. For the short term visitor who intends visiting at least 2 parks (Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair are treated as different although the do form part of the same park. Except on the famous Overland walking Track they are not linked by road), perhaps the most economical pass is Holiday Vehicle Parks Pass. This pass covers entry by one vehicle (rental car included), up to 8 passengers and costs $60 for up to 8 weeks.

    In our case over the 16 days of our Tasmanian trip, we visited 3 parks where payment is required:
    1. South Bruny Island $24.00 for vehicle day pass.
    2. Lake St Clair $24.00 for a vehicle day pass
    3. Cradle Mountain 2 per person including shuttle bus X $16.50 = $33.00

    Our total cost would have been $81.00, so the cost to us of $60.00 was a good saving.

    Full details of all park passes can be found on the web site below – and a warning; rangers can and do issue fines if pass has not been purchased or if pass not clearly displayed in vehicle.

    Notes re images.
    1. My Holiday Vehicle Parks Pass and I have deleted my surname.
    2. Cradle Mountain Shuttle Bus ticket issued by our accommodation provider.
    3, Passport (credit card size as is pass and bus ticket) with plenty of room to fill in when you were there – great for kids.
    4. Sir Gaw can be a bit of a cyber graffiti artist – tsk, tsk.

    http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=914
    1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727)

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    Cradle Mountain

    by iandsmith Written Mar 25, 2013

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    Favorite thing: When you're actually at Cradle Mountain it seem like almost everywhere you go you can clearly see it or get glimpses of it. Though once you get to know the area there are several trails that take you away from its presence.

    Fondest memory: I put this extra page in to share some of the photos I haven't already included. They are taken, fairly obviously from points up to 5 kms apart.

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    Waldheim Chalet

    by iandsmith Written Nov 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: There's history here, like just about any place in the world you can visit. The original hut up here was built by Gustav and Kate Weindorfer in 1912 / 13 and is known as the Waldheim Chalet.
    Constructed out of local King Billy pine, it served as little refuge and comfort zone for visitors to Cradle Valley. Here the man himself, along with his wife, entertained and looked after the small but growing number of naturalist and intrepid tourists who made their way to experience the nature of the surrounding area. You have to know there were no roads in at this time.

    Fondest memory: Kate died in 1916 but Gustav kept welcoming visitors until his death in 1932.
    In the late 1970s fire damaged the old chalet but afterwards it was restored and turned into a museum celebrating the life and achievements of these remarkable early environmentalists. This is a truly sacred spot in an even more significant place which inspires the naturalist in us all!

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