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Top Hiking Trails in Cradle Mountain National Park

Top Hiking Trails in Cradle Mountain National Park

Home to the famous Overland Track, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania offers some of Australia’s best hiking opportunities. From short day hikes through rain forests and alpine heaths to strenuous treks to the summit of Cradle Mountain, these are a few trails you shouldn’t miss.

 

Enchanted Nature Walk (easy)

This short 0.7-mile (1.1-kilometer) loop begins near the park entrance and circles through moorland and rain forest, past waterfalls and pools, before returning to the Cradle Mountain Lodge. Interpretive tunnels along the way appeal to kids. The relatively flat trail is suitable for all levels.

 

Dove Lake Circuit (easy to moderate)

One of the most popular walks in Tasmania, the Dove Lake Circuit circumnavigates Dove Lake beneath the shadow of Cradle Mountain. Much of the 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) loop is on a boardwalk, and there’s only one short moderate hill to climb.

 

Marions Lookout (moderate)

There are a couple of ways to access the spectacular views from the top of Marions Lookout, each suitable for those with some bushwalking experience. The easier route passes Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool, while a more direct (and strenuous) path heads up the rough and steep terrain along the Marions Lookout Link Track. Both trails have some steep areas and take about three to four hours.

 

Cradle Mountain Summit (difficult)

Views in the park don’t get much better than from the top of Cradle Mountain, accessed via a 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) 1-way trail involving nearly 2,000 feet (610 meters) of elevation change. This challenging hike takes around six hours.

 

Overland Track (multi-day)

Perhaps the park’s most famous hiking trail is the Overland Track, a 6-day, 40-mile (64-kilometer) trek through the national park from Ronny Creek to Cynthia Bay.

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Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch

Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch

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The Cradle Mountain National Park is part of Tasmania’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Wilderness and home to the famous Overland Track. This day tour is ideal for those who want to explore the natural landscapes without committing to a long-distance hike. Admire views of Cradle Mountain, enjoy guided walks at Dove Lake and Weindorfers forest, and see the Sheffield Murals.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$104.87
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Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston

Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston

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A visit to Cradle Mountain is a must-do when visiting Launceston. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness Heritage Area and considered one of Tasmania’s most iconic landmarks, Cradle Mountain offers excellent hiking opportunities in a spectacular natural setting. Your guide tailors your tour to your interests, with the option to take an easier walk to Dove Lake, or a more challenging hike up the mountain. Enjoy informative commentary, sweeping views, wildlife sightings of wombats and wallabies, and stops in Sheffield and at the Ashgrove Cheese Factory en route.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$94.02
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3-Day Tasmania Combo: Launceston to Hobart Active Tour Including Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur

3-Day Tasmania Combo: Launceston to Hobart Active Tour Including Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur

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Cover the three top highlights of Tasmania on a 3-day tour that visits Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur. Arrange for your own accommodation in Launceston and Hobart, and leave the rest to the pros. Enjoy walking around Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, then spend a day in Freycinet National Park to see Wineglass Bay and other landmarks. From Hobart, head to the Port Arthur Historic Site for a guided walking tour and harbor cruise, and see the historic town of Richmond and Mt Wellington upon your return.
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  • 3 days
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US$300.14
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Small-Group Cradle Mountain Day Tour From Launceston

Small-Group Cradle Mountain Day Tour From Launceston

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Located near the tip of the UNESCO-listed Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain is a popular hiking location with impressive scenic views. Instead of joining a large and loud tour group, explore the Cradle Mountain National Park in a small group, preserving the peace and tranquility of this alpine landscape. Walk along rugged hills and through dense Tasmanian forest, stopping for a rest at the glassy Dove Lake, nestled among the mountains.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$135.00
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