Cradle Mountain

Stunning scenery, crisp clean air and crystal clear lakes

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Wombat in snow
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Explore the remote hidden canyons of the Dove River with Cradle Mountain Canyons outdoor adventure company
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Great Walks of Australia (Cradle Mountain Huts Walk)
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Great Walks of Australia (Cradle Mountain Huts Walk)
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Bridal Veil Falls - Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park
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Cradle Coast Adventure Tours - Experience Cradle Mountain with a horse-riding wilderness tour
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Cradle Mountain
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The Enchanted Walk - One of Tasmania's 60 great short walks. Magical old-growth rainforest, waterfalls, cascading creek and wildlife everywhere from wombats, echidnas, brushtail possums and wallabies.
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Cradle Mountain

Calm and serene, pleasant and rocky, it would be easy to assume that “Cradle Mountain” takes its name from a baby’s bed. But locals say no – it’s derived from the mountain’s resemblance to a miner’s cradle. This unique shape creates a dramatic vista that’s impossible to miss as visitors walk along the shores of the many lakes, river gorges and waterfalls that decorate the surrounding areas.

Lake Lilla and Dove Lake - Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, AustraliaThe mountain itself is part of the Cradle Mountain–Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania’s Central Highlands — one of 5 parks that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, spanning over 1 million hectares. Once upon a time, the area was blanketed by glaciers and ice, and is now one of the world’s last remaining stretches of temperate rainforest. Even cooler? Exploration of the area’s limestone caves has led to evidence of human occupation in the area harking back 20,000 years. Crafted by Mother Earth from sub-volcanic rock, Cradle Mountain stands 1,545 meters above sea level. Image thanks to: lkonya

How to Get There

By car, Cradle Mountain is about 2.5 hours from Launceston, 1.5 hours from Burnie, 1 hour and 15 min. from Devonport, and 4.5 hours from Hobart.

Activities and What to Do and See

Crater Creek, Tasmania, AustraliaThough not Tasmania’s tallest mountain (rather, it ranks fifth), it’s one of the state’s most-visited tourist locales. Indeed, sightseers flock to the area year-round to undertake multiple-day treks that wind their way through the mountain’s peaks and valleys. The popular 6-day Overland Trek that leads adventurers through ever-changing scenes of natural beauty that starts in Cradle Valley and contorts around waterfalls and grassy plains, through thick jungles and across rushing rivers, to finish at Lake St. Clair, the country’s deepest natural lake. Though not without some challenges, the trek is gentle enough for all ages to enjoy, and tours with highly skilled guides run frequently.

Cradle Mountain Canyons, Tasmania, AustraliaIn addition to the wide range of walk and trek tours available, Cradle Mountain can be enjoyed in a number of different ways. Horseback riding, canyoning (summer only), quad biking, canoeing (summer only), fly fishing (seasonal), mountain biking, boating tours on Lake St. Clair, or wildlife tours could be an exciting adventure for the entire family. Or even consider flying over the area in a helicopter to get a bird’s eye view of this stunning landscape!

Alternatively, if you’re looking to relax and unwind you might consider a wine and cheese tasting at a local lodge or immersing yourself in a spa and letting go of stress of the “real world”. Image thanks to: samvaltenbergs and Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

Where to Eat

There are a few popular places to choose from in the area, from a bistro to a high-end restaurant. Some tourists choose to bring groceries with them they picked up in Launceston, Deloraine or Sheffield. Each of these nearby towns has a good supermarket and this will ensure that you have plenty of food on hand for longer stays.

Accommodation

Waldheim Alpine Spa at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania, AustraliaFor your ultimate wilderness getaway, you can opt to go rustic or choose a high-end luxury experience. Outdoor enthusiasts may appreciate the cabins, cottages, and self contained accommodations available in the great outdoors. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Flora and Fauna

Among the many attractions to Cradle Mountain is its flora and fauna, the most talked about of which is the wombat. These short-legged marsupials, which resemble a big gerbil with a koala face, are easy to spot in the area, particularly in the colder months, when they can be easily caught grazing during the short daylight hours (about an hour before sunset seems to be their preferred time of day) due to the area’s extreme weather conditions.

Pademelons (Thylogale billardierii) - Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, AustraliaIt’s also possible to spot Pademelons (imagine a cross between a bunny and a kangaroo), Tasmanian Devils, platypus and Echidnas (spiny anteaters). Bird watchers will delight in the area’s multitude of winged creatures that glide across the sky, from the Green Rosellas, Black Currawongs, Pink Robins, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo and Wedge-tailed Eagles who make their nests on the mountain’s cliffs, among many other kinds of birds. Highly venomous tiger snakes are also known to slink their way around their mountain, making the need for a tour guide quite apparent.

A wide diversity of fungi makes up a vital element of the park’s biodiversity. And though mushrooms may not be as exciting as wombats, most of the park’s plants have some sort of mutually beneficial relationship with fungi, which also function as its primary recyclers of organic matter. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Masaaki Aihara.

Map of Cradle Mountain

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Cradle Mountain - North West
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Cradle Mountain - North West
Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat
Moina - Cradle Mountain
Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
Derwent Bridge - Cradle Mountain
Cradle Alpine Retreat
Moina - Cradle Mountain
Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Forest Inn
Moina - Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain Hotel
Cradle Mountain
Mole Creek Guesthouse
Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain
Blackwood Park Cottages
Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain
Lake St Clair Lodge
Lake St. Clair - Cradle Mountain
Engadine Cottage
Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain
Frenchman’s Cap Guided Walk
Frenchman's Cap
The Overland Track
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Forest
Dove Canyon
Dove Canyon
Lost World Canyon
Lost World Canyon and Dove River
Cradle Mountain – 4 day walking holiday
Cradle Mountain
Rugged Indulgence – EPIC Tasmanian Adventures
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
Show Me Your Map of Tasmania – Self Drive Motorcycle Tour (HBA)
Hobart and Surrounding Regions
Cradle Mountain Day tour
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park
8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston
7 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston - East Coast
5 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer Westküste
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
7 Day Tasmanias Wilderness small group tour
Launceston - East Coast
8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife Encounter small group tour
Hobart - Tasmanian Tour
9 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer
Hobart
Tantalising Tasmania
Hobart to Launceston

What to do

Cradle Mountain

The Overland Track

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Forest


DAY 1: Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park. We will pick you up from Launceston hotels between 7.00 – 7.30am.  We drive 2.5 hours to Dove Lake where our Overland Track Trek begins.

DAY 2: Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere – Continue south from Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere.

DAY 3: Lake Windermere to Pelion Plains – Our morning takes us across Pine Forest Moor offering spectacular views across the Forth River Valley to the heights of Mount Oakleigh and to today’s destination, Pelion Plains. We descend around Mount Pelion West to Frog Flats.

DAY 4: Pelion Plains to Kia Ora – Continue walking south and view Cathedral Mountain and Pelion East on our left, followed by Mount Ossa on our right. Afterwards, we continue south into beautiful Pinestone Valley.

DAY 5: Kia Ora to Windy Ridge – Head towards three of Tasmania’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. The first we visit is Fergusson Falls, followed by Dalton Falls. The third will be Hartnett Falls.

DAY 6: Windy Ridge to Lake St Clair and return to Launceston – The final day on the track, through dry sclerophyll forest toward the shores of Lake St Clair. We then catch a 30 minute ferry across Lake St Clair for the conclusion to our Overland Track Trek.

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6 Day Walking Trip

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6 Day Walking Trip

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Cradle Mountain - 4 day walking holiday

Cradle Mountain

This stunning location offers spectacular scenery, plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife, magnificent trails and views.

AU$1480

4 Day Walking Holiday

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4 Day Walking Holiday

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Dove Canyon

Dove Canyon

Wilderness + adrenalin + adventure = the Dove Canyon. This trip involves a thrilling combination of jumps, slides and abseils buried in a 50 metre deep quartzite canyon.

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1 Day Adventure

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Cradle Mountain Day tour

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Explore Mother Nature at its very finest at spectacular world heritage listed Cradle Mountain. Finish the day sampling local award winning produce and wines.

AU$150

1 Day Tour

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Lost World Canyon

Lost World Canyon and Dove River

The Lost World Canyon allows you to experience the beauty of the upper section of the Dove River.

AU$90

Introduction to Canyoning

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Introduction to Canyoning

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Where to Stay

Cradle Mountain

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain - North West

This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle is 0.9 km away.
Along with 2 restaurants, this smoke-free hotel has a full-service spa and a bar/lounge. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a coffee shop/café, a spa tub, and a sauna are onsite.
All rooms are individually decorated and offer minibars and hair dryers. Guests can enjoy fireplaces, and other standard amenities include sitting areas, refrigerators, and premium bedding.

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  • Reasons To Stay
  • Picnic area
  • Bar/lounge
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Full-service spa
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Free breakfast
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  • Breakfast included
  • Free self parking
  • Free WIFI
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free property

Cradle Mountain Hotel

Cradle Mountain

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 2.1 km from Devils at Cradle and 3.2 km from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 3 km away.

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Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

Cradle Mountain - North West

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.3 km from Devils at Cradle and 2.5 km from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 2.2 km away.

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Cradle Alpine Retreat

Moina - Cradle Mountain

Situated in the mountains, this cottage is 16.9 km from Tasmazia and within 40 km of Lake Barrington International Rowing Course and Cradle Mountain.

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Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

Moina - Cradle Mountain

Situated in the mountains, this motel is 19.1 km from Devils at Cradle and 20 km from Enchanted Nature Walk. Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Tasmazia are also within 25 km.

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Cradle Forest Inn

Moina - Cradle Mountain

Situated in the mountains, this luxury inn is 16.4 km from Tasmazia and 19.7 km from Lake Barrington International Rowing Course. Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Devils at Cradle are also within 32 km.

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Blackwood Park Cottages

Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain

Situated in Mole Creek, this cottage is 0.8 km from Alum Cliffs State Reserve and 5 km from Trowunna Wildlife Park.

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Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Situated in a national park, this campground is 1.2 km from Devils at Cradle and  2.3 km from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 2.1 km away.

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Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages

Cradle Mountain

Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 1.3 km from Devils at Cradle and 2.2 km from Enchanted Nature Walk. Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain are also within 10 km.

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