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At the northern end of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is famous for the iconic Overland Track walk. Cradle Mountain is easily accessible by road, from Launceston or Devonport. If driving from Hobart, please allow at least 4 hours to reach Cradle Mountain. Cradle Mountain has a very good Interpretation Centre at the gates of the National Park, where you can stop and learn more about the area’s geology, attractions, history, walks, flora, fauna and wildlife.
If leaving from Launceston we recommend that you travel via Deloraine and Mole Creek, where you will see stunning scenery and also be tempted by many of the attractions in the area. The Cafe at the Mole Creek Guest House is a popular refreshment stop; fantastic caves can be found in the Karst National Park including Marakoopa and King Solomon’s Caves.
Please note that a National Parks Pass is required to enter the Cradle Mountain National Park.
We recommend you start your day at Cradle Mountain by visiting the Visitor Centre at the parking area. The Interpretation Centre staff will always advise on weather conditions and walk safety, noting that weather conditions in this region can change quickly and should be monitored, even if only undertaking short walks. You will catch a shuttle from the visitor centre into the National Park to visit Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake – the price of the shuttle is included in your National Park entry fees.
There are a wide range of walks in the area to suit all levels of fitness, but we always recommend that you discuss your walking plans staff at the visitor centre, and again be sure to pack clothing suited to the conditions.
If the weather is not conducive to walking, you can always relax in front of a roaring wood fire at the cosy Cradle Mountain Lodge.
Cradle Mountain is a must see when visiting Tasmania, especially if you are undertaking a longer touring holiday. This part of Tasmania is truly unique and diverse. You will see lakes and valleys, alpine ranges, dense rainforest and open grassland featuring native Tasmanian grasses. Wildlife abounds; Cradle Mountain is home to a range of wildlife including the endangered Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Quolls, Echidna, Platypus, Wombats and Wallabies plus many different species of birds.
Many people visit Cradle Mountain for the day only to wish they had booked a few nights, so when planning be sure to consider an overnight stay (we recommend a 2 night minimum stay). On the return trip to Launceston, we recommend that they take an alternative route back through the lush farming areas of Sheffield and (town of murals) Railton where you will find different scenery and attractions including the famous Ashgrove Cheese factory.