Cradle Mountain, 83 kilometres from Devonport, is the central feature of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. Cradle Mountain holidays are ideal for exploring, with aboriginal culture, impressive views and many walking tours.
The national park is characterised by a rugged, mountainous landscape with over 25 major peaks and formations such as tarns, glacial lakes, moraine deposits, U-shaped valleys and waterfalls. It is a spectacularly beautiful area in the heart of the island and, of all the things to do at Cradle Mountain, bushwalking is many people’s favourite activity.
You will encounter grassland, rainforest and a lot of endemic flora at Cradle Mountain. This makes it a great place to see some of Tasmania’s native wildlife. Living in this rustic habitat are Tasmanian devils, platypus, echidnas, koala bears and a wide range of birds. When you get to the top of one of the 25 peaks, you’ll see just why so many animals live here — the landscape is so diverse and stunning to look at.
You can’t visit this national park without tackling the summit of Cradle Mountain. It’s accessible from Dove Lake, which itself is a pleasant two-hour walk around the edge. Give yourself a day to get up and down again, and as well as the satisfaction of reaching the top you’re rewarded with vistas of the national park all around.
Overland Track is the most famous walk in the area and indeed one of the great wilderness bushwalks in Australia. The 65 kilometre route, from Ronny Creek to Lake St Clair, takes an average of six days, but the joy is that you can do it in your own time and at your own pace in order to absorb the breathtaking waterfalls, moorlands and valleys en-route.
Stay at nearby Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, which is set in the wilderness at the edge of the national park. With activities such as 4WD adventure tours and scenic flights, you’ll stay in touch with the outdoors while taking advantage of the luxury amenities here.