Cradle Mountain

Iconic Cradle Mountain is only one part of this spectacular World Heritage Area.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain

Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most visited natural attractions.

While there’s no actual town at Cradle Mountain, visitors can find a range of accommodation within the park in cabins, chalets and campgrounds.

Part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, the surrounding landscape is diverse and includes grassland, rainforest and ancient plants such as the long-lived King Billy pine and the native ‘Fagus‘ or deciduous beech.

The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.

With a range of fantastic walks ranging from easy to difficult, there’s plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty of Tasmania’s wilderness first hand, and with all the comforts of home awaiting you at the end of your day. You can even relax in a luxury spa.

And for a different perspective on the wilderness take a stroll through the Wilderness Gallery showcasing around 250 images by some of Australia and the world’s best wilderness and nature photographers.

Cradle Mountain is a 1.5-hr drive from Devonport and a 2.5-hour drive from Launceston.

LOCAL TIPS

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visitors to Cradle Mountain are strongly advised to consult with Parks and Wildlife Service staff at the Visitor Centre regarding their planned walk, weather conditions and key safety messages.

Visitors planning a day walk, or overnight hikes, are strongly advised to let a reliable person know of your planned walk or hike, your estimated time and date of return, and to ring that person immediately on your return. Visitors are also advised to register their walk or hike in the visitor log book, however, please note that these books are not checked unless a person is reported as missing.

Suitable clothing should be carried at all times as weather conditions at Cradle Mountain can change suddenly and dramatically. Walkers are also advised to carry water, food and sunscreen.

SELF CATERING – GROCERIES & FRESH PRODUCE

If you are self-catering during your stay at Cradle Mountain you are strongly advised to bring all required food/drink items with you as fresh produce and grocery items are not available for sale at Cradle Mountain. Only Tasmanian wine and ‘souvenir’ produce are available at The Wilderness Gallery Shop and a smaller selection of food/drink items (mainly confectionary) along with Tasmanian Souvenirs are available at the Cradle Mountain Lodge Store.

How to get there

Bus

MCDERMOTTS COACHES, Tel: (03) 6394 3535.
www.mcdermotts.com.au

TASSIELINK COACHES, Tel: 1300 300 520.
www.tassielink.com.au

Road (self-drive)

From Strahan take the C132. From Devonport take the C132 via Sheffield and Mount Roland.

Cradle Mountain Shuttle Bus

Operates all year round (with a reduced service during the off-season) between the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre – Snake Hill – Ronny Creek – Dove Lake.

www.parks.tas.gov.au/natparks/cradle

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Cradle Mountain to: Corinna – 119km (1 hour 45 min), Devonport – 85km (1hour 15 min), Penguin – 88km (1 hour), Waratah – 50km (45 min), Wynyard – 124km (1 hour 35 min).

Accommodation

Backpacker/hostel, hotels, lodges, and self-contained apartments, cabins and cottages.

Motor Homes, Caravans and Camping*

Motor homes, caravans and camping are available at Discovery Holiday Parks, Cradle Mountain. Tel: (03) 6492 1289

www.discoveryparks.com.au

*Visitors utilising campervans, motor homes and caravans will need to use the shuttle bus service from the Visitor Centre to enter the Park to access walking tracks due to the road not being suitable.

Designated Sullage Point

None available at Cradle Mountain. Closest sullage point is located at West Nook Road, Sheffield.

Internet

Internet Kiosk, Cradle Mountain Chateau Foyer. Tel: (03) 6492 1404

Internet Kiosk, Cradle Mountain Lodge Lounge. Tel: (03) 6492 2135

Internet Cafe, Cradle Mountain Café. Tel: (03) 6492 1024

Banks & ATMs

Cradle Mountain Lodge

Other nearest ATM facilities are at Sheffield

EFTPOS (limited cash out) is available at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.

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