Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area and one of Tassie's most visited natural attractions.

LAke with mountains in the distance

Cradle Mountain. Credit: Jason Charles Hill

The mountain itself lies at the northern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, surrounded by grassland, rainforest and ancient plants such as the long-lived King Billy pine and the native Fagus. The park is a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.

Walking is one of the best ways to experience Cradle Mountain. With a range of fantastic walks ranging from easy (such as the popular Dove Lake Circuit) to challenging (try the Summit), immerse yourself in Tassie's wilderness.  While there's no town at Cradle Mountain, there’s a range of accommodation within the park in cabins, lodges, chalets and campgrounds. Catch the shuttle bus from the Visitor’s Centre or take the 2 hour walk to the mountain car park at the beginning of the Dove Lake Circuit. It can get busy at the car park and sometimes access is restricted.

Where: Cradle Mountain is at the northern entrance of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, a 1.5 hr drive from Devonport and 2.5 hr drive from Launceston.

When: The park is open all year round.

Local Tip: You can see the breathtaking wilderness from other perspectives too. From the visitor’s centre you can take a scenic helicopter flight over the mountain or join a canyoning group during the warmer months to really experience how wild this area is. Afterwards, relax in the Waldheim Alpine Spa for a luxury treatment overlooking ancient King Billy pines.

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