Day visitors can take day walks at Cradle Valley and Cynthia Bay, but it’s the 65km (40-mile) Overland Track that gets hikers especially excited by Cradle Mountain. The six-day, five-night epic walking track winds through eucalypt forests and across alpine moors. December to April is the optimum time to walk the track, providing wonderful glimpses of alpine wildflowers.
Shorter walks include the two-hour Dove Lake Loop Track through rainforest, an eight- to 10-minute stroll along the Visitor Center boardwalk rainforest walk, and the 20-minute exploratory walk to historic Weindorfer’s Chalet, once home to the park’s founder Gustav Weindorfer. Rangers also lead guided walks and provide talks and kids activities.
Wildlife to look out for at Cradle Mountain include the Tasmanian devil, spotted-tailed quoll, platypus and echidnas.
Cradle Mountain is around 150km (93 miles) from Launceston, a two-hour drive. From Hobart, the 302km (187-mile) drive takes just over four hours.
The park is officially called Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and iconic Cradle Mountain is in the north of the park.
Shuttle buses run daily from the Transit Terminal to Dove Lake, reducing traffic within the park.
Tours & Tickets
Awaken your senses to the magnificent splendour that is Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park on this full-day tour from Launceston.
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Explore Tasmania’s wild west coast on a three-day excursion from Hobart. Go bushwalking on Cradle Mountain, explore the coast at Strahan, and conclude your ... Read more
Duration: 3 days (approx.)