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Cradle MountainAustralia

Enjoy Tasmania’s pristine wilderness and diverse forest and mountain ecosystems while hiking around glacial lakes and to snowcapped peaks. 

The breathtaking landscape of Tasmania’s Central Highlands is preserved in the vast Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. There are many ways to explore this special environment. Tackle the famous Overland Track, climb the dolerite peaks of Cradle Mountain or enjoy shorter walks to stunning lakes. You’ll pass buttongrass meadows full of wombats and ancient temperate rainforest.

Take a helicopter ride to get a bird’s-eye view of the spectacular Crater Lake, mountains and gorges. See the diverse ecosystem up close during the half-hour Enchanted Nature and Weindorfers Forest trails. Another moderate walk is the 2-hour Dove Lake Circuit through a myrtle beech forest. Take pictures of the wooden 1940s boat shed and rugged mountain peaks mirrored in the blue lake.

Adventure seekers can join a canyoning tour, which includes abseiling down waterfalls and rafting. Between November and April, wilderness lovers from all over the world come to the Cradle Valley to hike the 6-day Overland Track to Lake St. Clair.

You can visit the national park in one day or on a coach tour, but most prefer staying overnight because it is a 5-hour drive from Hobart and a 2-hour drive from Launceston. Enjoy a glass of Tasmanian wine, dine by a wood fire or relax in a spa in one of the many basic cottages and upscale chalets near the park.

Slow your pace upon arrival, because wombats graze near the roads. Buy a vehicle permit from the visitor centre near the entrance or park your car and take a shuttle bus to the trails. The weather can go from perfectly sunny to wet, windy and cold within minutes, so register for all hikes and bring supplies and protective clothing.

The visitor centre, which sells guide books and all-weather gear, has weather updates and flora and fauna displays. Learn more about Australia’s many special creatures, including quolls, echidnas, wombats, platypuses, pademelons and Tasmanian devils. If you didn’t spot a devil in the wild, stop by the nearby sanctuary to see these stocky beasts up close.

Top hotels in Cradle Mountain

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
4.5 out of 5
4038 Cradle Mountain Road Tasm, Cradle Mountain, TAS
The price is £156 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, steps away from Enchanted Nature Walk, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and Cradle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (979 reviews)

"Location customer service friendly staff clean warm rooms great restaurant"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
3.5 out of 5
Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
The price is £100 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Devils at Cradle and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)

"Accommodation right in the middle of nature. Expect visits from the various wildlife in the area. Large, picture windows so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather encourages you to stay indoors."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
3.5 out of 5
3832 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
The price is £94 per night from 17 Nov to 18 Nov

Situated in a national park, this campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Devils at Cradle and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Cradle Mountain Visitor ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,139 reviews)

"It is an excellent place with good heating and amenities."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Cradle Mountain

Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
3.5 out of 5
3832 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
The price is £94 per night from 17 Nov to 18 Nov

Situated in a national park, this campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Devils at Cradle and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Cradle Mountain Visitor ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,139 reviews)

"It is an excellent place with good heating and amenities."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
3.5 out of 5
3876 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS

Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and Devils at Cradle. Enchanted Nature Walk ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (519 reviews)
Great place to stay

"Very clean place to stay. Conveniently located right next to visitor centre and service was excellent. Stayed in Brushtail which is a great unit with everything you need for a stay. Really enjoyed our time here."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
AAA Granary Accommodation
AAA Granary Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
575 Staverton Road, Promised Land, TAS
The price is £94 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

This family-friendly Promised Land cottage is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tasmazia and Lake Barrington International Rowing Course. House ...

4.2/5Excellent! (128 reviews)
Beautiful farm surroundings.

"Lovely host. Beautiful scenery. Will definitely return."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

AAA Granary Accommodation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain
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Cradle Mountain

5/5(10 reviews)

See the dramatic contours of this rugged peak from the shores of Dove Lake or clamber to its summit for unbeatable views of Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness.

Dove Lake
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Dove Lake

5/5(8 reviews)

Marvel at the towering spires of Cradle Mountain as you walk along a boardwalk that skirts the pristine waters of this glacially carved lake.

Enchanted Nature Walk
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Enchanted Nature Walk

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Children and adults will delight in this captivating trail that weaves through ancient temperate rainforest and past a pristine mountain stream.

Top things to do in Cradle Mountain

Canyoneering Experience in Dove Canyon
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Canyoneering Experience in Dove Canyon

£121
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
DevilsCradle Night Feeding Tour
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DevilsCradle Night Feeding Tour

£21
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
DevilsCradle Day Feeding Tour
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DevilsCradle Day Feeding Tour

£21
Per adult
DevilsCradle Sunset Experience
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DevilsCradle Sunset Experience

£55
Per adult
DevilsCradle General Entry / Day Keeper Tours
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DevilsCradle General Entry / Day Keeper Tours

£14
Per adult
Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark
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Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark

£27
Per adult

Reviews of Cradle Mountain

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22 Feb 2020

Fabulous walking and very convenient and informative bus service.

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