The iconic Cradle Mountain is located in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Revered for its diverse and breath-taking landscapes, the park boasts an abundance of moss-covered ancient rainforests and deep river gorges, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild alpine moorlands and glacial lakes. A perfect destination for all seasons, the Park’s world-class system of tracks allows visitors to traverse through Tasmania’s alpine heart.
An unforgettable Tasmanian devil feeding experience after dark, explore the environmentally friendly conservation park as you learn about the animal’s behaviours and natural habitats from a knowledgeable expert. Witness up-close the social interactions and feeding habitats of 3 species of endangered marsupials while enjoying great views of the iconic Cradle Mountain in the distance.
Dove Lake Circuit Walk
As one of Tasmania’s premier nature walks, this two-hour circuit circles around Dove Lake and transports you through an incredible mix of terrains. From sandy lake beaches, cascading waterfalls, dense rainforests to the snow-capped peaks of the indomitable Cradle Mountain, this track is mainly boardwalk, making it a family-friendly adventure. Key attractions to look out for include the Ballroom Forest, Glacier Forest, and the Boatshed.
For a more challenging, blood-pumping activity, enjoy an exhilarating climb involving stairs and a rock-climbing section with chains and discover brilliant views of hidden lakes and lush forests along the way. Although some sections of the hike are steeply uphill and require rock scrambling, the glacier-carved lake view is more than worth it.
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How to get there:
Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Launceston, a 2.5-hour drive from Cradle Mountain. Shuttle bus services can then take you to different areas in the National Park.
Best time to go:
The Park’s alpine environment dramatically takes on a unique character for each season, constantly providing new sights and opportunities to enjoy the wilderness. However, best times to visit Cradle Mountain range from December to March, where rainfall is at a minimum and weather is the most stable.