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CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS. Tasmania

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most loved and visited tourist destinations, sun or snow. Most know for its iconic dolerite mountain formation seen across Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain is home to Australia's most loved wildlife. 

 

Cradle Mountain also marks the beginning of the world-renowned Overland Track; a 5-7 trek across Tasmania's Central Highland plateau to Lake St Clair. 

 

There are a number of day-walks for all ages or longer, multi-day walks for those looking to experience the Tasmanian Wilderness through camping. 

THINGS TO DO.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

TRAVEL INFO.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN

TRAVELLING THERE.

 

Devonport - Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre              1hr : 16 mins (Car)

Launceston - Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre            1hr : 57 mins (Car)

Hobart - Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre                     3hr : 58 mins (Car)

THINGS TO SEE, DO AND EXPERIENCE DURING YOUR

VISIT

Travellers can quickly fill up the whole day visiting Cradle Mountain, or several days for those who are more adventurous. There is something for everybody, of all ages and fitness levels, and even the family. 

 

RAINFOREST WALK.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN VISITOR CENTRE.

Grade:  Level 1 - no bushwalking experience required. 

Duration (walking): 8-10 minutes return/circuit 

Before leaving the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, this walk will take you through cool temperate rainforest to Pencil Pine Falls.

The walk is a short boardwalk and is also wheelchair friendly.

DOVE LAKE CIRCUIT.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

Grade:  LEVEL 2 no bushwalking experience required. 

Duration (walking): 2 hours (5.7km circuit) 

The Dove Lake Circuit track is perhaps one of the most accessible and easy walks for visitors. Access to Dove Lake from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre is via the shuttle bus that takes you to the start of the circuit from the Dove Lake car park.

 

The circuit follows closely around Dove Lake and will take you through a range of varied highland vegetation. The track consists of both well-gravelled sections, some stairs and boardwalk.

 

Highlights include stunning views of Cradle Mountain and the lake, a cool temperate rainforest called Ballroom Forest, and the circuit also makes up the start of the Overland Track.

BOAT SHED.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

Grade:  Level 2 - no bushwalking experience required. 

Duration (walking): 15-20 minutes return (starting ounter-clockwise around Dove Lake)

The boatshed is perhaps the most recognised at Cradle Mountain, often seen photographed with the view of Cradle Mountain behind. 

Built from local timber- King Billy Pine- this shingled boat shed was erected by Lionel Connell, Cradle Mountain’s first ranger in 1940. 

If walking the full Dove Lake circuit does not work in with your itinerary, this walk will only take you 15-20 minutes from the Dove Lake carpark.

BALLROOM FOREST.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

Grade:  Level 2 - no bushwalking experience required. 

Duration (walking): 60 - 100 minutes return (starting counter-clockwise around Dove Lake)

Tucked at the base of the rising Cradle Plateau from Dove Lake, the Ballroom Forest boasts some of the best examples of Tasmanian Cool Temperate Rainforest. A highlight as part of the full Dove Lake Circuit, the boardwalk takes you in among myrtle-beech trees, through dappled light, across a small stream from a nearby waterfall, winding its way through moss and other fauna and flora. 

 

Stunningly beautiful and meditative, if you don’t have time to make the full circuit, the Ballroom Forest is worth a visit.

FACE TRACK.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

Grade:  Level 3 - no bushwalking experience required. 

Duration (walking): 3-4 hours return

The Face Track is perhaps one of my personal favourites. The walks grade level does require a higher level of fitness and walk preparation (gravelled steep stair/grade sections, and some clambering over rocks). However, if you are up for the climb, and after leaving the Dove Lake Circuit up to Lake Wilks, the views are phenomenal and well worth it; looking back across Dove Lake and surrounds. The Lake Wilks Track continues under the base of Cradle Mountain, via the Face Track. To return to the carpark, Lake Rodway Track will take you around the other half of Dove Lake – only at a higher vantage point than the Dove Lake Circuit - before connecting your journey back down to the main carpark, toilets and shuttle bus terminal.

 

If you are making good time, you can also look around Twisted Lakes via the Twisted Lakes Track from the Lake Rodway Track behind Hansons Peak. Alternatively, if you are planning a multiple day walk (staying overnight at Scott-Kilvert Memorial Hut), you can continue on south via the Lake Rodway Track (also the beginning of the Overland Track).

WALDHEIM CHALET.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

Grade:  Level 1 - no bushwalking experience required. 

Duration (walking): 20 minutes walk from Ronny Creek shuttle shelter.

If you are keen to get an insight into what it might have been like to live here in the pioneering days, Waldheim Chalet is a perfect place to find some of this history.

 

Nestled in the National Park before you reach Dove Lake, this timber cottage was once home to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park’s founding father and Austrian-born Gustav Weindorfer.

 

After his move to Tasmania with his wife, and his move to Cradle Mountain around 1912, Weindorfer committed his life to the guardianship of the area and family in his time. The home is still in excellent condition and is a fabulous example of pioneering life and architecture.

To reach the Chalet, catch the shuttle to the Ronny Creek bus shelter (one stop before Dove Lake), then take the walking track, as sign-posted, west. The walk has a gentle incline but is boardwalk all the way. Perfect for young families and a little walk experience through alpine button-grass hills.

CHALET TRACK.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

Grade:  Level 1 - no bushwalking experience required. 

Duration (walking): 20 minute circuit

This walk starts from Waldheim Chalet and allows you to explore at leisure the King Billy Pines that the Cradle Mountain boat shed is built from, and Celery-Top Pines. The walk will also give you historical insight into the story of the Weindorfer family and the Chalet nearby.

OVERLAND

TRACK.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN.

Grade: Level 4 - Bushwalking experience recommended.

Duration (walking): 6-7 days one way (completion at Lake St Clair.

 

 

Cradle Mountain is also the starting point for the renowned 6-day walk known as the Overland Track. The Overland Track is also reached via the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, with the start of the walk commencing from the Dove Lake carpark, before following the Dove Lake circuit half way before climbing up towards Cradle Mountain itself and beyond.

LEVEN CANYON.

Leven Canyon is located 1 hour and 17 minutes from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.