Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Travel Guide

  • The lake, the boatshed and the mountain . . .
    The lake, the boatshed and the mountain...
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  • All that rain has to go somewhere.
    All that rain has to go somewhere.
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  • Things to Do
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Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Things to Do

  • Lake St Clair

    Time, sadly, was very short for our visit to Lake St Clair, which is Tasmania’s largest lake. We were en-route from Oyster Cove, south of Hobart to Queenstown and had a few stops along the way, but we just had to at least have a coffee and brief stroll to the lake from the excellent visitors centre.I did comment to a park employee (maybe ranger)...

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  • Dove Lake Walk

    As said in the introduction page to Cradle Mountain, I really wanted to walk Dove Lake track. It is listed in various publications as easy to moderate and one guide even suggested ‘some bushwalking experience’. Having done the walk, I tend to agree with the latter.The guide books and even the path from the car park indicated that Dove Lake walk is...

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  • Enchanted Walk

    Across the road from the ranger’s station and beside Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is the short but great and well-named Enchanted Walk and suitable for almost everyone. There are a few steps which may limit those with mobility issues.On a very well maintained board walk, the walk follows the river and crosses over on a bridge, through button grass...

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  • Devils @ Cradle

    Apart from the all-important eating and drinking, there is not a lot to do after darkness has closed all the great walks around Cradle Mountain. One attraction that is better viewed after dark is Devils @ Cradle. Tasmanian Devils and their close relatives, the Eastern and Spotted quoll are nocturnal and carnivorous and therefore best seen when they...

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  • Belvoir (Rocky Mount) Lookout

    If you are approaching Cradle Mountain from the west, approx 17 km along the Belvoir Road (C132) from the A10 that links Queenstown with Wynyard is a lookout on top of a hill. Sadly the signage is not very good and it is quite easy to miss. However it is a very worthwhile photo stopping point and particularly if you have a long lens for your...

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  • Wombat Pool

    After you pass Lake Lilla you come to the Wombat Pool, another delightful little mountain tarn at the bottom of Wombat Peak, en route to either Marion Lookout or Crater Lake.When I went past there the second time, about a year after the first, there were tadpoles literally, I suspect, by the million. They formed a black cloud across half the pond.

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  • Cradle Mountain hikes.

    This could also be shared under "Off the beaten track" as it seems to be an untapped beauty.A short drive from Devonport through country roads, this place is amazing to see.There is plenty of hiking tracks to explore and it is very safe to hike as you are required to log in and log out of the hikes at each assemble point.The National Park also has...

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  • Easy walk

    Right at the interpretation centre (not to be confused with the information centre) there's a neat short walk that's wheel chair friendly and you get to see a waterfall in less than ten minutes.It takes you to a remnant rainforest and then curls around to Pencil Pine Falls. The Intrepetation Centre has lots of interesting information, books and...

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  • The descent

    From my notes:I decided to take the direct descent to Dove Lake, a red warning sign cautioned “track steep and rough” when it should have said “very steep and very rough”. I thought coming up from the Crater Lake side had been bad but this so-called track was one of the worst I’d been on. Still, I had a smile on my face when I met a group of Asians...

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  • Marion Lookout

    Continuing notes from my walk:I retreated to the main trail and started the climb to Marion Lookout. It was steep, or so I thought, then I got to the chains and the snow depth markers and I found out what “steep” really meant. After more than one pause Cradle Mountain finally peeped over the crest and I was there at this lookout I’d so wanted to...

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  • Crater Lake

    This is an extract from my journal of the day:The whole time I descended I was in awe; here was a lake to rival any in Australia for stunning scenery on a grand scale, right up there with Lake Judd, Lake Pedder and Dove Lake. The presence of massive rock outcrops rising sheer from the waters and ghostly skeletons of long dead trees with tortured...

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  • The loop

    There are so many trails in the park that it's hard to choose which one to do. Apart from the Dove Lake circuit this is one of the more popular.There are a couple of loops that start out heading west, one over Marion Lookout and the other past Waldheim.The NPWS map on the internet is erroneous because it doesn't show the link to Lake Lilla from...

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  • The Lookout

    Should you come or leave the park from the west then you'll pass a lookout. From this vantage point you'll not only see Cradle Mountain but the equally spectacular Barn Bluff. The latter is often walked to by dedicated bushwalkers but the average tourist is usually blissfully unaware that it even exists.The lookout is definitely worth a stop as it...

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  • Dove Lake

    The number one thing that people do here is walk around Dove Lake. This world famous excursion of two hours on a loop track around the lake is the second easiest of the many walks in this fabulous park.Two things always appear in photographs apart from the lake itself, they are Cradle Mountain and the boatshed, the latter possibly the most...

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  • Take a walk!

    Whether you are looking for a 20 minute stroll, or a 5 day trek through the mountains, this place really does have a little of everything.We drove into the Cradle Mountain Park on the north side, and parked at the Cradle Mountain Lodge, where we had lunch, and then took the 20 minute Enchanted Walk. It was just long enough to work off a little of...

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  • Cradle Mountain: Dove Lake - Marion's...

    This is a moderate grade walk with some steep sections (you will be climbing upwards), so a reasonable degree of fitness is desirable. On a clear day, this walk offers spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake.Duration: 3 HoursGrade: Medium to HardI tried this climb without success, only reaching the mid-section of the climb before running...

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  • Cradle Mountain: The Enchanted Walk

    The Enchanted Walk (starting about 30 metres along the road before the visitor centre) is a very easy walk for all ages. The first half of this walk (before the bridge) is sealed and wheelchair accessible, but after the bridge there are a number of steps. (There are two accessible picnic areas located next to the visitor centre, both with sheltered...

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  • Cradle Mountain: Pencil Pine Walk

    If you enjoy cascading waterfalls and tranquil rivers than this is the walk for you. My group had a great time as we actually bumped into a young echidna playing among the fallen leaves. This was my first encounter with the echidna and it being the last of all the Australian indigenious creature that I had wanted to see.All you need to do is to...

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Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Hotels

Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Restaurants

  • - reasonable prices in The Tavern

    I should say at the outset that we did not stay at the iconic Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, but did have an evening meal including dessert in The Tavern where I should say prices are reasonable and serving sizes are large.With a screen name of Sir Gaw I just had to have the Tavern’s version of bangers (sausages) and mash. Lady Gaw went for Thai...

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  • Lakeside Lunches...

    During our trek from Strahan to Port Arthur, we were excited to stop in at Lake St. Clair (mainly because it was our first bio break), but were happy to see a nice little cafe for coffee. It appears that in the summer time this is a little more travelled and probably serves the summer campers, which seemed to be non-existant when we arrived!The...

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  • Cradle Mountain Lodge: Tavern Bar &...

    I have all my meals here (simply because the price of meals at the restaurant is through the roof). I think by my last dinner here on the 2nd night, I have tried everything they could offer on their menu! However, to their credit, the meals are delicious and plentiful.The ambience of the place was toxicating. You dine in a rustic wooden cabin, at...

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Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Nightlife

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    by xuessium Written Jul 29, 2005

    Not your typical "nightlife"...all you need to do is to walk out into the night (safely and warmly attired of course), raise your neck and look up! A whole universe of stars twinkling away in the cold black couldron of space looks back at you.

    Talk about seeing stars!!

    Dress Code: Something warm and comfortable I hope!!

    I don't think you will enjoy the experience too much in singlets and boxer shorts!!

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Spa and Resort

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Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Transportation

  • Travel around Tasmania with Tigerline...

    In Tasmania, there is another bus company that is the main player (compared to Greyhound and McCafferty on the mainland). It's Tigerline. You can get the schedule and prices of their website. Do reserve your seats in advance preferably. Contact them via email to do so. Your credit card details will be captured for the purpose of reservation but...

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  • Hit the Road... Rent a Car

    You really only have two choices when it comes to Cradle-Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park... you can walk it or you can drive it.We chose the latter of the two, primarilly since this was not our only destination on our taste of Tassie! I am sure in the summer, the park would make for a great week itself, as a couple separate days there was...

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  • Shuttle Bus to Dove Lake

    There is a shuttle bus that brings guests of the Lodge to Dove Lake for a mere A$2 (circa 2001) each. All you need to do is to check the schedule of this bus service with reception and simply turns up at reception at the right time and wait for it.

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Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Falling trees.

    When you are driving around at Tasmania, it could happen that a tree will fall down on the road. Throw the biggest parts away and you can pass on.

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  • PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE!

    If you are staying in the Cradle Mountain area, the real local inhabitants will be attracted by light and come really close to you. Or I should say, you are trepassing THEIR rightful territory. PLEASE BE A RESPONSIBLE WORLD TRAVELLER - DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. Wild animals should never been taught to rely on humans travellers as a source of food....

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  • Brace yourself for wet weather at Cradle...

    It's wet wet wet here most of the time. Brace yourself. Come prepared! The sign warns: Of 365 days, it may snow 54 days, rain 275 days, cloudy 294 days and ONLY 32 days of fine weather! TRY YOUR LUCK!

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Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Going further

    The next time I went to do the Crater Lake walk I actually completed it with my partner, Lorraine, and we were fairly tired at the end.After a couple of hours and climbing Mount Marion we went past Crater Lake and on down to the waterfalls below it. They're not huge, just a small stream coming from the lake, but they break the trip up a little and...

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  • MINER'S SIDING

    Located at Miners Siding are bronze sculptures depicting 21 facets of the evolution of the Mt Lyell Mines and surounding areas over a 100years. There are three main parts....(1) Ten Decades of Man and Mining (2) Miners Sunday (3) Jumbo Drill Display Miners Sunday (see photo's)...... depicts an early miner and his family on the day of rest. The...

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  • QUEENSTOWN LANDSCAPE

    Heading to Queenstown via the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, we came across the ghost towns of Linda and Gormanston, both of which were large communities during the early mining booms.Once past Gormanston the road becomes narrow and windy, so drive slow and carefully. This area is where spectacular views of the surrounding barren hills...

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Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park Favorites

  • National Park Pass

    Tasmania has an astounding array of National Parks scattered across the Island State and that also includes the islands of the Bass Straight and other islands. The excellent Parks and Wildlife web site lists 19 parks that can be visited and some of these justifiably enjoy the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Listing. Another park not listed and...

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  • Cradle Mountain

    When you're actually at Cradle Mountain it seem like almost everywhere you go you can clearly see it or get glimpses of it. Though once you get to know the area there are several trails that take you away from its presence. I put this extra page in to share some of the photos I haven't already included. They are taken, fairly obviously from points...

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  • Waldheim Chalet

    There's history here, like just about any place in the world you can visit. The original hut up here was built by Gustav and Kate Weindorfer in 1912 / 13 and is known as the Waldheim Chalet.Constructed out of local King Billy pine, it served as little refuge and comfort zone for visitors to Cradle Valley. Here the man himself, along with his wife,...

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