Cradle Mountain, TAS: Destination Guide

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Bask in the natural splendour of one of Australia's most beautiful landmarks with a visit to Tasmania's Cradle Mountain.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Cradle Mounatin, or find and book accommodation near Cradle Mountain today.

About Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is a world heritage area and undoubtedly Tasmania's most iconic landmark. It is located in the north of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and has an elevation of 1,545m above sea level. The mounatin features ancient rainforests, alpine heaths and glacial lakes, and is filled with an abundance of native wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, echidnas, platypus and more.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain

The main activity at Cradle Mountain is bush walking. Walks can range from short walks which can be completed in under two hours to much longer and more demanding hikes. The Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, which is located 2km from the park entrance, can help you plan a walk to suit your interests and fitness level. The Visitor Centre is also your destination for park entry passes, maps, souvenirs and all weather garments. Picnic and barbecue facilities are located near the Rangers Station, so you can easily refuel after a day of activity.

Attractions in Cradle Mountain

Overland Track

While many visit Cradle Mountain to surround themselves with the unspoiled wilderness, only the most adventurous choose to undertake the Overland Track, one of Australia’s most famous bush walks. The hike covers 65km from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair and is usually completed over five to six days. The walk is renowned as being intensely physical but the stunning Tassie wildnerness scenery provides rewarding for those undertaking the challenge. The Overland Track can only be completed between October and May and requires pre-booking. 

Day Walks

Day walks can take in a number of key Cradle Mountain attractions including Dove Lake, Pencil Pine Falls and Waldheim Chalet. If you are limited by fitness, try the Weindorfers Walk or Rainforest Walk which are both under 20 minutes. Or for a longer walk give the Dove Lake Loop Track a go. Cradle Mountain is the perfect destination to undertake overnight walks. A popular route is the circuit which uses Scott Kilvert hut; walk up via Lake Hanson then straight up Marion's Lookout. There are two options on the Hanson route. The longer route around the back includes lovely vistas of the lakes.

Getting to Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is located in the north west of Tasmania, around 330km from Hobart.

By car

The drive from Hobart to Cradle Mountain requires around four hours, while the drive from Launceston only take two and a half hours.

When to visit Cradle Mountain

When you visit Cradle Mountain really depends on what you plan on doing. The park is most popular in January as the weather provides more obliging walking conditions. This is also the most popular month to complete the Cradle Mountain Overland Track.

Where to stay in Cradle Mounatin

There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, whether you desire to camp at Cradle Mountain, nest in a cosy cabin or visit the park as part of your touring adventure. For more accommodation options in and around Cradle Mounatin, click here.

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