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Cradle Mountain

World Heritage Area


Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's best known national park

Copyright Australian Tourist Commission 1997

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, is part of the World Heritage area which includes Lake St Clair in the heart of the island. It is Tasmania's best-known national park.

You can take a bus to Cradle Mountain from either Launceston or Devonport. If you brought your car over on the Spirit of Tasmania or have rented one, you should have no trouble driving to the national park.

Driving time is about four hours from Launceston. Take the Bass Highway (A1) to Don, B19 to Forth, C132 to the Cradle Mountain turnoff then up to Cradle Mountain for a total of 242 kilometres.

It can be bitterly cold

It can be windy and bitterly cold in the mountain in the winter so be prepared for the chilly weather.

Wide area

The park covers more than 1260 square kilometres with stunning gorges, lakes, peaks, moors, and a vast variety of wildlife.

The area includes Mt Ossa. Tasmania's highest mountain, and Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake.

Walking tracks

There are a number of walking tracks, ranging from easy to difficult and dangerous. Follow the instructions when venturing out on the tracks or join a guided walking group.

One of the best-known tracks, the Overland Track, may take as much as six days to complete. If you wish, you can head out to Cynthia Bay and have a ferry pick you up instead of walking all the way back.

Cradle Mountain is certainly a place for nature lovers, outdoors people, walking enthusiasts, wildlife watchers, adventurers.

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