Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain


Cradle Mountain is at the northern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Park is 2.5 hours west of Launceston and 90 minutes from Devonport.

The sheer magnificence of Cradle Mountain inspired Austrian-born Gustav Weindorfer to build a chalet out of King Billy pine here in 1912 and work tirelessly on having the area declared a national park “for the people, for all time”. His dream was realised in 1922, and today, a quarter of all visitors to the state travel here to share his vision.

Stroll the Enchanted Walk from cascading rivers to dense, old-growth rainforest in just 20 minutes, walk the two-hour circuit of Dove Lake, or spend the day tackling Cradle Mountain’s summit. Cradle Mountain is the starting point of the 65 km | 40 mi Overland Track, a six-day walk finishing at the northern end of Lake St Clair. Guided walks are available, and some of them stay in catered huts along the way. Cradle Mountain’s jagged peaks are one of the most recognisable images of Tasmania’s wilderness.
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