Walks & Hikes
One of the best features of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is its sheer amount of hikes – there’s one to suit every fitness level.
The Cradle Mountain Summit Walk is a 12.8-kilometre steep circuit trail with stops at Hansons Peak, Marions Lookout and Dove Lake Boatshed along the way. For views of the lake itself instead, opt for the six-kilometre-long Dove Lake Circuit, which undulates around the glacially carved lake it’s named after, as well as along the foot of Cradle Mountain. Crater Lake (5.7 kilometres) winds past Crater Lake, Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool.
It’s Overland Track, however, that steals the show. Taking six days and stretching for 65 kilometres from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, it’s considered one of Australia’s premier alpine walks and welcomes approximately 9,000 visitors each year. The walk, which can be done on your own, with a group or on a guided tour, requires careful planning, as well as an Overland Track Pass.
Activities & Adventure
Not keen on walking trails? You can also horse ride at Cradle Mountain, Kimberley or Bakers Beach; talk a guided fly fishing trip (September to April) with RiverFly 1864; hop on a ferry or scenic cruise with Lake St Clair Lodge; or join a chopper tour with Cradle Mountain Helicopters for aerial views of the park.
In the warmer months, hire a bike to cruise around the park; explore its canyons and waterfalls with Cradle Mountain Canyons or simply throw together a picnic or barbecue near the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and enjoy it while you take in the park’s stillness.
Attractions & Relaxation
Visit conservation facility Devils@Cradle at the entrance to the park to see endangered Tasmanian devils and their closely related spotted-tail and eastern quolls. The sanctuary’s After Dark Feeding Tours lets you see these nocturnal creatures in their prime: at night.
Also worth visiting is Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery, a 12-room art museum displaying installations, exhibitions and films, mostly made by Tasmanian artists, and Waldheim Chalet, a home built in 1912 that provides visitors with an insight into the early history of the Cradle Mountain area. After a day of walking, soothe your achy muscles with a treatment at Waldheim Alpine Spa, nestled into Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.