Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of the most popular spots in Tasmania and famous for the twin peaks and spectacular Dove Lake.

Part of the World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park offers some of the most popular walks in Australia and plenty to see and do.

Cradle Mountain is the starting point for the popular Overland Track that takes you through the national park park to Lake St Clair and finish the walk either by boat or on foot at Derwent Bridge. The Overland Track takes between 4 and 6 days to do depending on your level of fitness and experience, there are a number of guided options as well as the option to do it on your own. During the summer months bookings to walk the overland track are required, however you can take it on all year round including on snow shoes or skis during the winter months.

Cradle Mountain is home to some adorable wildlife with pademelons, wallabies and wombats all spotted regularly within the park and most will allow you to get relatively close if you are after that perfect shot. Be careful of the male wombats as they can become agressive if you get too close.

There are a number of accommodation options available within the Cradle Mountain Village however you can also stay easily nearby with a number of towns including Wilmot and Sheffield only a short drive away. Accommodation at Cradle Mountain can be expensive especially at short notice so it's worth planning your trip a few months in advance and scoping out the best deals.

A Brief History of Cradle Mountain

The area was first surveyed in the 1820's and named for the cradle shape of the mountain. The first tourist chalet was built in 1912, and the Overland Track was completed in 1935.

Our Local Tips

  • Go for a walk and see the native wildlife.
  • Take on the multi day Overland Track.
  • Enjoy the snow in winter.