Cradle Mountain

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Enjoy Tasmania’s pristine wilderness and diverse forest and mountain ecosystems while hiking around glacial lakes and to snowcapped peaks.

The breathtaking landscape of Tasmania’s Central Highlands is preserved in the vast Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. There are many ways to explore this special environment. Tackle the famous Overland Track, climb the dolerite peaks of Cradle Mountain or enjoy shorter walks to stunning lakes. You’ll pass buttongrass meadows full of wombats and ancient temperate rainforest.

Take a helicopter ride to get a bird’s-eye view of the spectacular Crater Lake, mountains and gorges. See the diverse ecosystem up close during the half-hour Enchanted Nature and Weindorfers Forest trails. Another moderate walk is the 2-hour Dove Lake Circuit through a myrtle beech forest. Take pictures of the wooden 1940s boat shed and rugged mountain peaks mirrored in the blue lake.

Adventure seekers can join a canyoning tour, which includes abseiling down waterfalls and rafting. Between November and April, wilderness lovers from all over the world come to the Cradle Valley to hike the 6-day Overland Track to Lake St. Clair.

You can visit the national park in one day or on a coach tour, but most prefer staying overnight because it is a 5-hour drive from Hobart and a 2-hour drive from Launceston. Enjoy a glass of Tasmanian wine, dine by a wood fire or relax in a spa in one of the many basic cottages and upscale chalets near the park.

Slow your pace upon arrival, because wombats graze near the roads. Buy a vehicle permit from the visitor centre near the entrance or park your car and take a shuttle bus to the trails. The weather can go from perfectly sunny to wet, windy and cold within minutes, so register for all hikes and bring supplies and protective clothing.

The visitor centre, which sells guide books and all-weather gear, has weather updates and flora and fauna displays. Learn more about Australia’s many special creatures, including quolls, echidnas, wombats, platypuses, pademelons and Tasmanian devils. If you didn’t spot a devil in the wild, stop by the nearby sanctuary to see these stocky beasts up close.

Cradle Mountain Hotel
Cradle Mountain Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,323 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Devils at Cradle and Enchanted Nature Walk. Enchanted ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Lovely facilities in the heart of bushland"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2021

Cradle Mountain Hotel
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,395 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, steps away from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (994 reviews)
"We were in a lodge with one other attached, so very secluded. The area is really nice with nature walks around the corner. We saw wombats, wallabies, padmelons to name a few. Phone reception was non existent, and there is no WiFi at the lodge. Not sure if this is by design as there is no TV either. ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2022

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Discovery Parks - Cradle Mountain
Discovery Parks - Cradle Mountain
3 out of 5
Situated in a national park, this holiday park is within 1 mi (2 km) of Devils at Cradle and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Enchanted Nature Walk ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (992 reviews)
"Wonderful stay that is very close to Cradle mountain. Good kitchen facilities with ample space for food! Would recommend purchasing food from a grocery store outside of the Cradle mountain area to save with cost. Otherwise we had a cabin with one bunk bed and one queen for three adults. The room ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

Discovery Parks - Cradle Mountain
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
3.5 out of 5
3876 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
The price is HK$960 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (546 reviews)
"Beautiful little cottage in a great location, right across the road from the CM visitor centre and where you catch the shuttle to the main cradle mountain tracks, really affordable price considering the location. Super friendly service and clean room with everything you might need for a short ..."

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2021

Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
Mole Creek Cabins
Mole Creek Cabins
3.5 out of 5
This family-friendly Mole Creek holiday home is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Trowunna Wildlife Park, Melita Honey Farm and Alum Cliffs ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (145 reviews)
"We stayed in farmhouse it was excellent with great amenities. Have no negatives and would highly recommend. So much to do in area."

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Mole Creek Cabins
Manna Hill Farm
Manna Hill Farm
3.5 out of 5
256 Careys Road, West Kentish, TAS
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from Mural Park and 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from Tasmazia. Devonport Ferry Terminal and Cradle Mountain-Lake ...
5/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
"Beautiful views of Mt Roland in a peaceful location, perfect as a base for a variety of day trips.The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped. Simon and Eileen were very friendly and knowledgeable about local attractions. The generous welcome basket was much appreciated and our daughter ..."

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2021

Manna Hill Farm
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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