Australia's most recognisable mountain, Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mtn. Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The familiar jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while abundant wildlife, icy streams, alpine heathlands, colourful deciduous beech and ancient pines reflected in still glacial lakes entice many visitors to stay and explore.
How to get there
By car, drive from Devonport via Sheffield to Cradle Mountain.
By coach, there are numerous coach companies that offer transport to and from Cradle Mountain. There is a bus/coach service between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair for those who parked their vehicle at either end and walked The Overland track. Booking transport for the return journey prior to walking is recommended. It is recommended that walkers leave their car at Lake St Clair and book the bus/coach service to Cradle mountain. This will gives a little more flexibility in your walking time. Tassielink Coaches services all major centres throughout Tasmania.
The best time to go
The walking season is 1 November to 30 April. Bookings are required for each walking season. During the booking period walkers, will be required to walk the track from North to South (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair), and pay the Overland Track Fee ($150). Bookings open July each year for the coming season.
The area is one of the most glaciated in Australia and includes Tasmania s highest mountain, Mt. Ossa (1617 metres) and Lake St Clair, Australia s deepest natural freshwater lake, the source of the River Derwent. The Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park shares a "Twin Parks" agreement with the World Heritage Listed PlacesJiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in the People s Republic of China.
Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt. Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, buttongrass and stands of colourful deciduous beech provide a range of environments to explore. Icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife ensure there is always something to captivate you. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. A visit will reveal why.
Cradle is the starting point for the world-famous Overland Track, a magnificent 6 day walk that will take you through the heart of some of the finest mountain terrain.
Tasmania's premier long-distance track, it is a six day walk travelling 65 km through the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Beginning at Cradle Mountain, The Overland Track is a true wilderness walk which travels through spectacular dolerite mountains, near beautiful waterfalls, through a variety of fascinating ecosystems and close to Tasmania s highest mountain, before finishing at Australia s deepest lake, Lake St Clair. The stunning scenery and the physical challenges of this mountain walk have ensured that the Overland Track has built a national and international reputation as one of the great wilderness bushwalks.
The Overland Track experience commences in the northern part of Cradle Mountain -Lake St Clair National Park, at Ronny Creek, climbing out of the Cradle Valley and finishes at Narcissus Bay on Lake St Clair. Although the track is well-maintained and clearly marked, for some the journey may not be an easy one. Some people may find the walk quite steep in sections and six days of continuous walking can be physically demanding.
Bookings are required for each walking season (1 November to 30 April). During the booking period walkers will be required to walk the track from North to South (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair), and pay the Overland Track Fee.
Bookings open July each year for the coming season.
There are a range of walks that can be taken by visitors to Cradle Mountain that are perfect for anyone who wants to experience the mountain but does not have the time or inclination to do the Overland Track walk. There are walks of all grades of difficulty, from easy walks for family groups or seniors, through to walks with a great degree of challenge and difficulty. A day walk map should be purchased from the visitor centre if you want to go on any day walks. Staff at the visitor centre will also provide tailor-made advice to match your walking needs with the tracks available.
At certain times throughout the year, rangers offer a variety of activities such as walks, talks and slide shows for both adults and children. Besides being lots of fun these are a great way to learn about our national parks, wildlife and cultural heritage.
There are a number of options for walkers wishing to do overnight walks in the Cradle area. Popular walks include a circuit of Cradle Mountain via Lake Rodway (staying in the Scott-Kilvert Hut) and to Barn Bluff and Waterfall Valley. However, to ensure a quality experience for all, walkers should be aware that there are guidelines in place to ensure that overnight walkers and those undertaking the Overland Track do not adversely impact upon each other.
Pencil Pine is a very attractive falls, a mere 100 metres downstream from the bridge, at the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park. Further down Pencil Pine Creek, is Knyvet Falls, a small fall of possibly 5 metres or less. A short stroll of about 30 minutes return, can take in both falls. Just follow the nature track.
Location: off Cradle Mountain Development Road, Middlesex, Tas.
The appropriately named Enchanted Falls is a beautiful little cascading waterfall, deep in the forest and easily viewed from the bridge on the walk from the Cradle Mountain National Park. Location: the walk to the falls starts near the visitor centre just inside the Cradle Mountain National Park, 3km from Wilmot.
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
These falls are one of two lovely waterfalls near Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat at Moina, near Cradle Valley. The falls tumble 15-20m into Bulls Creek and when flowing well, look like a rectangular curtain of water. In lower flows, the wall of water becomes columnar strands draping the underlying rock wall.
Combining Bridal Veil Falls with Champagne Falls makes for an excellent half day walk. From Lemonthyme Lodge walk along a 4WD track, up the hill past the manager s residence, until the track starts to level out and descend. Continue past a signed fork and descend to Bridal Veil Falls. It takes two hours to go to one waterfall, returning back the way you came.
Location: near Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat at Moina, near Cradle Valley section of Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Tas.