Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most popular destinations with stunning views and plenty to do all year round. Here is a quick guide for planning your perfect Cradle Mountain weekend.
Places to stay at Cradle Mountain
There are plenty of places to stay at Cradle Mountain with a variety of options available in the Cradle Mountain Village to suit travellers looking for a budget option or pure luxury. If you don't want to stay at the village then there are plenty of accommodation options nearby with Deloraine, Mole Creek and Devonport all with in hour and a half's drive.
Things to see and do at Cradle Mountain
Walking at Cradle mountain
The Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is one of the most popular parks in Australia with some amazing walks throughout the park that will suit any fitness level. Most walks are easily accessible and maps are available from the park visitors centre.
If you are looking for an amazing view make sure to take the walk up to Marions Lookout which provides amazing views over the park and the mountain.
Cradle Mountain is also the departure point for the famous and popular Overland Track which goes through the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park from Cradle Mountain itself to Lake St Clair. On average the Overland Track takes between four and five days to complete with options to do the track yourself or with a variety of guided tours.
Wildlife at Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain is one of the best places to see Tasmanian Wildlife with Pademelon, Wallabies, Wombats all being spotted in the park all year round. We regularly see great wild life shots from around the National Park on Instagram and Facebook and you often don't have to go too far to see wild life. Just be careful of the wombats, they will chase you if you annoy them.
The Boat Shed
The Boat Shed on Dove Lake is one of the most famous land marks in Tasmania and also possibly one of the most shared and photographed places in Tasmania. The Boat Shed can be reached on the Dove Lake circuit walk.
The Boat Shed was built in 1940 by the parks first ranger at a time when boating on the lake was popular and was used up until 1960s to house a number of Huon Pine boats used to ferry visitors around the lake.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN CANYONS
Cradle Mountain Canyons is one of the most popular tours at Cradle Mountain and explores a number of the areas hidden away creeks and waterways.
Cradle Mountain Canyons run tours throughout the summer months (end of October through to April) with both advanced and family friendly options available..
Devils @ Cradle
Devils @ Cradle is a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair national park that runs a number of breeding programs helping to support conservation efforts for Tasmanian Devils and the Spotted Tail and Eastern Quolls.
You can visit the sanctuary during the day and also at night time where you can see the Devils feeding and hear the amazing sounds they make.
GETTING TO CRADLE MOUNTAIN
Cradle Mountain is a two and a half hour drive from Launceston and a four hour drive from Hobart. If you don't have a car there are a number of guided tours that take in Cradle Mountain as part of a multi day tour.