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Enchanted Nature Walk

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

Experience the magic of Cradle Mountain’s Enchanted Nature Walk, a short interpretive trail that takes visitors through a mesmerising native forest. Walk beneath a canopy of gnarled myrtle-beech trees and towering pencil pines and stop to feel the soft mosses that festoon the bark and forest floor. Learn about the flora and fauna of this unique region with the kids by climbing through interpretive tunnels.

Begin your walk and take in the tranquil ambience of the forest. The walk begins in a moorland of buttongrass before merging with the mystical myrtle forest. Spend a moment listening to the sounds of the water burbling down Pencil Pine Creek and smell the fragrant peaty scent of the old-growth foliage. As you walk along the boardwalk, notice the rich diversity of mosses and lichens that live on the branches and undergrowth of the forest.

You’ll come across three interpretive tunnels, which are perfect for children to explore. The tunnels feature informative displays that explain the flora and fauna of the area and encourage young ones to look out for different plant and animal species. Keep your eyes peeled for wombat burrows, which are common along the western bank of the creek. You’re most likely to see these furry marsupial creatures at dawn or dusk when they move about their burrows to go foraging for food.

Take a moment to sit by the cascading Pencil Pine Creek and watch as the pristine waters tumble over smooth river rocks. There are picnic and public toilet facilities nearby at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, so you can enjoy an afternoon with the family in these tranquil surroundings.

The Enchanted Nature Walk is a 1.1-kilometre (0.7-mile) circuit that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It is suitable for children of all ages. Pack clothing, including a rain jacket and a sun hat, to suit changes in the weather. Wind, rain and snow can occur in this area at any time of the year. The trail is free to access, however, the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park has a fee for entry. Parking is available at the visitor centre.


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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge £148
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

4038 Cradle Mountain Road Tasm, Cradle Mountain, TAS
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle and Dove River Conservation Area are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village £116
    Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

    Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

    Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

      Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain £60
      Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

      Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

      3832 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Centre is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

        Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
        Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages

        Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages

        3876 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 and Cradle Mountain are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Cradle Mountain Hotel £93
          Cradle Mountain Hotel

          Cradle Mountain Hotel

          3718 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle and Enchanted Nature Walk are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat
            Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

            Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

            770 Dolcoath Rd Off Cradle Mountain Rd, Moina, TAS
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a national park, this motel is 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from Staverton Regional Reserve and 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from Dove River Conservation Area. Mount Roland Regional Reserve and Forth Falls Creek Conservation Area are also within 16 miles (25 km).

              Cradle Forest Inn £72
              Cradle Forest Inn

              Cradle Forest Inn

              1422 Cradle Mountain Road, Moina, TAS
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this luxury inn is within 9 miles (15 km) of Staverton Regional Reserve, Mount Roland Regional Reserve and Forth Falls Creek Conservation Area. Dove River Conservation Area and Mount Roland Conservation Area are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                Cradle Alpine Retreat £73
                Cradle Alpine Retreat

                Cradle Alpine Retreat

                1429 Cradle Mountain Road, Moina, TAS
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the mountains, this cottage is 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from Mount Roland Regional Reserve, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Roland Conservation Area and Tasmazia. Lake Barrington International Rowing Course and Cradle Mountain are also within 25 mi (40 km).