Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Summary

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair is one of the most well known and popular National Park in Australia. Host of the world famous Overland Track, the park is located in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania 165km north-west of Hobart. The park includes Mt Ossa, the highest mountain in Tasmania, and Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest lake, amongst a multitude of features.

Popular Walks

Parent Regions

Features

Without a doubt the Overland Track is the most famous walk in the park. Arguably the pinnacle of Australian bushwalking, the Overland Track is 65km long and generally takes 5-6 days but is often extended with side trips along the way.

The park also has numerous easily accessed day walks at both Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair, as well as opportunities for visiting other areas of the park with some more effort.

Major features of the park include Cradle Mountain, Dove Lake, Barn Bluff, Mount Pelion East and West, Mt Ossa, Pine Valley (including the Labyrinth and the Acropolis), and Lake St Clair.

Maps

TasMaps has a series of topographic maps that cover the park in detail.

Accommodation

There are multiple private accommodation options at both Cradle Mountain in the north and Lake St Clair in the south. Within the park there are public and private huts and camping areas though restrictions apply on their use.

Contact details

Parks & Wildlife Service websites:

Cradle Mountain - https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/cradle-mountain

Lake St Clair - https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/lake-st-clair

Hard
18 km return
9 hrs

Cradle Mountain Summit

A hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain

Medium
5 km return
2 hrs

Crater Lake Circuit

Commencing from the car park at Dove Lake, follow the boardwalk past fields of button grass, Lake Lilla and Wombat Lake, before heading up the side of the crater wall. The climb is reasonably easy, on a well-graded gravel track, with only a few steep sections.

Medium
6.3 km return
2.5 hrs

Dove Canyon

Dove Canyon is a half day track that starts in myrtle rainforest, progresses through open forest past a steep canyon and finishes by crossing buttongrass plains. With one steep section some fitness is required but its lower elevation makes it attractive as an option in poorer weather. Features visited include Pencil Pine Falls, Knyvet Falls and Dove Canyon.

Easy
5.7 km return
2 hrs

Dove Lake Circuit

This 6km track is one of Tasmania’s premier walks. It will take you right around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. The track is boardwalked for much of the way. Highlights: Glacier Rock, Ballroom Forest and the Boatshed.

Very Easy
1.1 km one-way
30 mins

Enchanted Walk

A walk to suit all age groups. For company there’s a cascading river, wombat burrows and magical old-growth rainforest. The walk will take you through buttongrass moorland before entering cool temperate rainforest along the edges of Pencil Pine Creek. Along the track are three interpretive tunnels that kids and kids at heart will find fun to crawl through!

Medium

Face Track

A track along the northern face of Weindorfers Tower and Little Horn, two of the summits of Cradle Mountain.

Hard
5 km return
2 hrs

Hansons Peak

Hansons Peak is directly across Dove Lake from Marions Lookout and provides fantastic views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Other features seen include Lake LIlla and Lake Hanson and on a clear day through to Mt Pelion East in the distance.

Easy
2 km return
40 mins

King Billy Track

Fairly easy walk within the grounds of Cradle Mountain Lodge. Walk around through rainforest to discover King Billy Pines up to 1,500 years of age.

Easy
45 mins

Knyvet Falls

This short walk near the Cradle Mountain Discovery Centre and Cradle Mountain Lodge passes through myrtle rainforest to a viewing platform at the top of Knyvet Falls. A short side track also leads to the base of Pencil Pine Falls. Perfect for those looking for a shorter walk in the Cradle Mountain area.

Easy
3 km one-way
1 hr

Lake Lilla Track

Walk between Dove Lake and the Ronny Creek carpark past Lake Lilla at Cradle Mountain. Lucky walkers will find wombats feeding beside the boardwalk in the Ronny Creek valley.