Cradle Mountain Tasmania
Get up close to Wilderness – Cradle Mountain Tasmania
As you drive from the North Coast, the rolling farmlands and the serenity of the scenery (am I in England or Tasmania?) hardly prepare you for the rapid change to Tasmania’s most famous wilderness icon, Cradle Mountain Tasmania.
It is a very good idea to stop at the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park and look through the excellent Visitors Centre. Run by the National Park Service, the Centre offers a lot of information and interpretation of the area.
It is worth buying a copy of Cradle Mountain Day Walk Map from the Visitor’s Centre, and you should also register at the Centre for any longer walks you intend to take.
Cradle Mountain itself, set beside Dove Lake, is a short drive further on into the Park.
There is good walking and sightseeing around the Visitors Centre, but you will need to drive in to Waldheim for the longer scenic walks.
A shuttle runs from the Visitor Centre carpark to Dove Lake and the trailhead. It is included in your National Park entry fee.
Half Day and Full Day Walks Around Cradle Mountain Tasmania
Since walking around Cradle Mountain is very weather dependent, you might best discuss your intentions with the people at the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre.
You are likely to see a lot of wildlife on the walks – wallabies, wombats, quolls and echidna. You can take the shorter walks at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake on the day tour from Launceston (see below).
King Billy Track – near Cradle Mountain Lodge
Ramble through the age old temperate rain forest nearby and discover the ancient King William Pine Trees of 1500 to 1750 years of age, as well as other plants and wildlife.
This track is likely to be wet and muddy in places. (1 hour round trip).
Waterfalls Track – near Cradle Mountain Lodge.
This clearly signposted track offers a stroll down to the nearby Knyvet and Pencil Pine Falls returning via the same route. (1 hour round trip).
If you really want to to do the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair some day, you could take this short, introductory walk.
This 3 hour walk will interest you with its diverse range of scenery. Feel the rain forest and wander over button grass plains.
This walk offers a very good sample of many of the scenic forms of the area, from the quartzite cliffs to the amber, whiskey coloured water (caused by the natural tannin in the ground) of the pools and lakes.
A reasonable level of fitness is required as some sections are rough and steep. (3 hours round trip).
Crater Lake – Wombat Pool.
Starting from Waldheim, walk to several small and picturesque lakes surrounded by native pines. After a short drive to the parking area at Dove Lake, park and walk cross the Cradle Valley and climb steadily to Crater Lake.
From here, proceed via Wombat Pool and Lake Lilla. The track is of good grade, but does involve several short ascents. (3 hours round trip).
Climbing Cradle Mountain – Half Day to One Day Walk.
It takes a lot of effort to climb Cradle Mountain itself, and it is well worth it.
If you wish to climb Cradle Mountain itself, I suggest you take the left hand side when leaving the Dove Lake carpark and then the Lake Rodway track as it heads uphill and follows alongside the lake and up into the side of the mountain.
You will pass behind Hansons Peak and past Twisted Lakes before taking the Face Track, which turns off to the left and climbs steeply towards the summit.
You may retrace your steps back along the Lake Rodway Track.
As an alternative, take the Horse Track and the Overland Track back past Marion’s Lookout and Wombat Peak as it winds its way back towards Wombat Pool before curling around and rejoining the Lake Dove circuit track before coming back to the carpark and toilets.
Hotels at Cradle Mountain Tasmania
Accommodation and Hotels at Cradle Mountain can often sell out, particularly in high season, so it is always wise to book your accommodation to be sure you get what you want.
Accommodation at Cradle Mountain itself ranges from more basic cabins to the renowned Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Whatever level of accommodation you choose, make sure you have it reserved before you arrive to be certain of a room. Places do sell out, particularly in high season, so book now so you do not miss out.
Day Tour to Cradle Mountain Tasmania From Launceston
With limited time in Tasmania, a day trip from Launceston can show you the best of Cradle Moutnain National Park.
You will have the chance see the surrounding countryside and take the easy walks around the Visitors Centre and Dove Lake. The tour picks up and drops off at your Launceston Hotel.
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