Ok, so you may still have a few questions about Glencoe Country B&B or the local area!
Tasmania is Australia's only island state, and as such has some unique eccentricities you may need to be aware of. Browse through the general information below and you may find some helpful tips and advice.
Click on the FAQ buttons below and see if we can answer a few more of your queries...
Getting to Tasmania?
If you were not aready clued in, Tasmania is an island. You may choose to arrive by air, or by water (driving here is discouraged(!) ... but you may bring your vehicle across on the ferries!).
Why not try the following for more information; Spirit of Tasmania, Rex Airlines, Qantas, or Virgin.
Want to know more about the local area?
The Cradle Coast Region of North West Tasmania is a large and expansive area covering 22,492 square kms or 33.1% of the total area of Tasmania.
It is renowned for its unique and diverse environment including rugged mountains, extensive forests, rich agricultural farmland, old mining towns, and wonderful natural coastal scenery. The mainstays of the economy are agriculture, forestry, mining, manufacturing, and of course, the ever growing tourist sector.
Glencoe Country B&B's location is ideally situated in the Lakes District, renowned for its pristine wilderness, rugged mountains, and spectacular landscapes. Adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which includes Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair, the Franklin and Gordon Rivers, We are within an easy drive of major airports, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service, and the major urban centres sprawled along the coastal strip.
With Tasmania's island location in the middle latitudes, the Cradle Coast region enjoys, for the most part, a comfortable temperate maritime climate. The westerly airstream and mountainous landscape lead to a marked variation of cloudiness, rainfall and temperature in the local area, so if you venture out be prepared with clothing to suit all types of weather!
Locals simply love living here with beautiful warm summer days, and mild, yet not excessively cold winters...
Many people are of the fond belief that Tasmania is alway 'freezing'. This is indeed far from the truth. The local district lies between 41 & 42 degrees south which leaves the area with a temperate climate (that science tells us is the best for the human metabolism and also for plants and animals).
A close look at our temperature chart shows Tasmania's mean winter temperature is about 1 degree less than other states who boast about their warmer winter levels.
In summer our mean lowest temperature is actually higher than many of our mainland neighbours, while our highest temperature is many degrees less and therefore not miserably hot.
In short, our climate is not cold, it's just that it is not hot... for more detailed weather information - click here.
*Remember that our unique weather is very changeable, so be prepared to bring a change of clothes wherever you venture...
The Wilderness & Wildlife?
Tasmania boasts some of the most unique and spectacular natural scenery and wildlife anywhere in the world. The Cradle Mountain & Lakes District forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which protects one of the last true wilderness regions on Earth and encompasses a greater range of natural and cultural values than any other region on Earth.
Discover more about our unique Wilderness by visiting the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service.
Roads in Tasmania?
In general, Tasmania's road network is in excellent condition. Well maintained highways with reasonably well signed directions are interspersed with our 'famous' picturesque windy country roads.
Tourism and Forestry are popular industries in the state, so please be well aware of 'other' tourists, and the many log trucks on the narrower roads.
One of the charms for visitors to the Cradle Mountain & Lakes District is a probable close encounter with livestock as you move about the back roads and byways. They will be very curious about you as you may be of them. But remember they know nothing of road rules (like many locals!) or the law and it will be up to you to negotiate a safe passage.
Be on the lookout for; horses, herds of milking cows, sheep, pigs, ducks & ducklings crossing the road (they have TOTAL right of way), foxes (shouldn't be any, but if you see one, mark the spot & report it to the local police station), and maybe even a Tasmanian Tiger (you may wish to keep this one to yourself, unless you have irrefutable evidence as proof)!
What about "road kill"?
Unfortunately, one of the sad things about this beautiful district is the road kill. There is an enormous amount of wildlife here, testimony to the fact that the environment supports them in large numbers.
Once the sun goes down, you will often come across wildlife on the road attracted by the warmth of the bitumen. They will move off the road for you if you are patient. Sometimes the animals are impossible to avoid, but please don't depair. Nature wastes nothing, and these animals in their turn provide sustenance for Tasmanian Devils, crows, hawks, ravens, and even quoll, which are continually cleaning up.
You will come upon then often. One animal's demise is another's life. It's nature's way...