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Tasmania 2012 Travelogue Day Two: Ashgrove Farm Cheese, House of Anvers Chocolate Factory, Sheffield, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain Chateau

22 January 2013 1,587 views 4 Comments

Tasmania 2012 Travelogue Day Two: Ashgrove Farm Cheese, House of Anvers Chocolate Factory, Sheffield, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain Chateau

The second day starts with a trip for cheese tasting. The cheese tasting is at Ashgrove Farm Cheese. It was a brisk drive from Launceston to Elizabeth Town.

Ashgrove Farm Cheese

Superb traditional English country cheeses, such as Cheddar and Lancashire, are produced by a family that lives close to the land, at the Ashgrove property, near Deloraine. Cheesemaker Jane Bennett honed her skills in England before putting them to good use in the family business. Despite adhering to traditional techniques, she has not been afraid to push the boundaries, producing niche products such as wasabi cheese and lavender cheese.

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The cheese-tasting area is set in green pastures that sustain the 700-strong herd. The wasabi cheese is a getter. Read more at Ashgrove Cheese Farm Elizabeth Town Tasmania

Ashgrove Farm Cheese Address:

6173 Bass Highway, Elizabeth Town, Tasmania 7304

Phone: 6368 1105


After having our cheesy encounter in Ashgrove, we travelled to Latrobe for another famous Australian product, chocolate! We went to House of Anvers Chocolate Factory to taste Tasmania’s finest Belgian chocolates!

House of Anvers Chocolate Factory

Acclaimed chocolate-maker, Igor van Gerwen, claims to make the finest chocolate in Australia so the House of Chocolate is a feast for the senses. This is serious chocolate territory, with a tasting centre, the chance to watch chocolates being made and a museum that highlights why chocolate has always been so popular.

house of anvers truffles

The café offers French-style breakfasts, light Tasmanian lunches, and morning and afternoon tea. Read more at House of Anvers Chocolate.

House of Anvers Chocolate Factory Address:

9025 Bass Highway, Latrobe, Tasmania 7307

Phone: 6426 2703




The town is nestled under Mt Roland, in Tasmania’s north-west, and is known for a series of colourful murals telling the story of the district’s pioneers and wilderness explorers. Many of the murals, painted by professional artists, are on the town’s heritage buildings.


Read more at Eason Chan and Town of Murals, Sheffield Tasmania

Cradle Mountain Lodge

On the edge of one of the world’s last temperate wilderness areas, Cradle Mountain Lodge provides indulgent experiences surrounded by nature that includes unusual wildlife and forests linked to Gondwana. It features the Waldheim Alpine Spa, providing relaxing treatments in four therapy rooms complete with dramatic river and valley views; guided tours; a restaurant serving fine Tasmanian food and wine; bistro; bars; general store and accommodation that includes spa cabins and suites with hot tubs.

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Read more about our lunch at Lunch at Cradle Mountain Lodge.


Address: Cradle Mountain National Park, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania 7306

Phone: 6492 2103



Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park

While dramatic Cradle Mountain (1545 m), named by explorer Joseph Fossey in 1827, is the well-known feature of this National Park, it has many wild faces that are breathtaking in their beauty.

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Stands of native deciduous beech are a rich orange in autumn, rainforests and alpine heathlands have links to the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, icy streams cascade down mountainsides, glacial lakes abound, and at the southern end of the park is Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair.

Read more at Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park of Tasmania

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park Address:

C132, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania 7306

Phone: 6492 1110

Contact: Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park

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We also ventured to one of the short walks around the area, this beautiful picture was taken there, read more at The Enchanted Walk at Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania


Cradle Mountain Chateau

Situated just moments from Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness, Cradle Mountain Chateau with all the modern comforts of hotel accommodation: tea and coffee making facilities, heating, electric blankets, television and telephone facilities. Twenty-four hour room service and laundry services are also available. Wander around the pristine glacial waters of nearby Dove Lake or walk the legendary Overland Track.

cradle mountain chateau beds


It was like a night in the wilderness. It was just a wall separates us with the wild and you will be entertained by the natural sounds from the wild.

Cradle Mountain Chateau Address:

Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania 7306

Phone: 6492 1404


The night is still young and we were scheduled for the spotlight wildlife tour.

Spotlight Wildlife Tour

For the spotlight wildlife tour, all us sat on a coach and the driver will slowly stroll around the mountain area and trying to spot the wildlife with a special spotlight. It was like wildlife hunting but without the killings. We were surprised to find more than a dozen wildlife animals during the tour.


Read more at Night Wildlife Tour with McDermott’s at Cradle Mountain Tasmania

McDermotts Coaches Address and Phone:

35 Legana Park Drive, Legana, Tasmania 7277

Phone: 6394 3535


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