Cowle was born 19 July 1863 in Fingal, Tasmania, one of 9 children and became an accomplished musician, performing publicly in Devonport, Tasmania as a pianist. After gaining financial independence with an inheritance from her father's estate, she moved to Melbourne where she joined the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria in 1902. One evening, as the first female to give a paper to the Naturalists, she spoke about botany and the geology of Mount Roland, at the foothills of Cradle Mountain. Talking about the vegetation experienced on her climb she notably conveyed the "Tug on her heart as the silent outreach of the soul toward eternal beauty". Her climbing and exploration of this remote area would all have been carried out in less suitable mountaineering attire as was common in the day of an ankle length skirt, bodice long sleeve shirt and stout boots.
Why is it called Cradle Mountain?
* In 1827 the explorer, Joseph Fossey, named Cradle Mountain because he thought it bore a similarity to a miner’s cradle. * In 1831 the explorer Henry Hellyer became the first European to reach the summit of Cradle Mountain.
Specifically, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is home to: Australia’s deepest glacial lake, Lake St Clair, which is fringed by forests, mountains and walking trails. Australia’s only deciduous tree, the fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) which turns the hillsides to burnished red and gold from late April to May.
Europeans first explored, and climbed, Cradle Mountain in 1827 and 1828 with Joseph Fossey and Henry Hellyer surveying for the Van Diemen’s Land Company. Trappers worked in the area from the 1860s until the collapse of the fur trade in the 1950s, although hunting in the park was declared illegal after 1927.
Cradle Mountain’s summit is 1545m above sea level and the peak receives regular snowfalls in winter. Cradle Mountain Hotel is at approximately 860m above sea level and even at this lower altitude, the Hotel generally sees snowfalls every month from late autumn until spring.
In spite of our generally cool climate, Tasmania is home to a number of reptiles and amphibians. At Cradle Mountain, these range from small, jewel-coloured skinks to a variety of frogs and three species of snake. All Tasmanian reptiles are mainly active during the warm summer months.
Was Cradle Mountain a volcano?
The land surfaces previously covering this dolerite has been removed by erosion in many places, exposing many of Tasmania’s dramatic features, for example, Cradle Mountain, being composed of the volcanic rocks that resulted from the breakup of Gondwana.
Yes if driving in the dark to Cradle Mt there is a safety issue, but if you take a bit more time, you should be OK, but I would recommend altering your arrival time if possible.
How many days do you need at Cradle Mountain? Most people spend two days and two nights at Cradle Mountain and this is the perfect amount of time to explore all the highlights of the area. But if you have a chance to stay longer, you’ll never be short of things to do at Cradle Mountain.
Gustav Weindorfer was a pioneer of the Cradle Mountain region and also named Marions Lookout after his sister in law Mrs. Daniel Cowle.
The best time to visit Cradle Mountain is from December to March. January and February experience the least amount of rainfall. The winter is the quietest time and the coldest, which makes hiking to the summit in snow and ice sometimes impossible. These months with the most stable weather are also the busiest.