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  • Admission: Adults: AU$12
Cradle Mountain is a world-famous wild and beautiful World Heritage area of glacial mountains, pristine lakes and legendary hiking and bushwalking. This unique slice of Australian wilderness also protects ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands.

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.

Practical Info

Cradle Mountain is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) from Launceston, a two-hour drive away. From Hobart, the 302-kilometer (187-mile) drive takes just over four hours. The iconic Cradle Mountain is located on the northern side of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park, and shuttle buses run daily from the Transit Terminal to Dove Lake, reducing traffic within the park.

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Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Awaken your senses to the magnificent splendour that is Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park on this full-day tour from Launceston.

Location: Launceston, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.02

5-Day Tasmania Highlights Tour from Hobart Including Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur

Experience the highlights of Tasmania’s east and west coasts with this tour beginning and ending in the island state capital of Hobart. You can walk through ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $582.14

5-Day Tasmania West Coast Camping Tour: Hobart to Launceston

Want to discover the remote and wild Tasmanian west coast? Over 5 days explore the iconic must see locations including Mount Field National Park, Tarkine and ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $732.25

3-Day Tasmania West Coast Tour from Hobart: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Launceston

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

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

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $395.42

Cradle Mountain Canyoning: Dove Canyon

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

Enjoy an action packed day of canyoning in Tasmania's wilderness world heritage area of Cradle Mountain. With no experience required, this full day tour is for ...  Read more

Location: Launceston, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $161.10

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