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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain (Australia)

Practical information about Cradle Mountain

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
2.5 hours from Hobart by car
When to go
In summer
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Cradle Mountain

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

Situated at the heart of Tasmania in a beautiful nature park, the Cradle Mountain is an uninhabited natural paradise.

My suggestion:
Tasmania can experience sudden changes in temperature and weather in every season so check the weather forecasts and warn somebody of your hiking itinerary.

I spent several days camping in the region, in the nature park of Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair, and I was quite simply captivated by the region. The views are breathtaking, stunning nature and relatively few tourists, leaving an impression of a place still hardly affected by mass tourism.

Moreover, it's what gives Tasmania its charm in my opinion, an impression of a destination off the beaten track, despite a natural beauty without parallel in Australia, in my opinion.

The Cradle Mountain peaks only at 1,545m, but the climb isn't as easy as it seems. At the summit, the view is breathtaking with an impression of having arrived at the end of the world reinforced by the total absence of human life in the surroundings. A must visit in Tasmania without doubt.

Cradle Mountain in black and white
Alicia Munoz Travel writer
87 travel articles

CradleMountainis Tasmania's largest and one of its most beautiful national parks, located in the North West of Tasmania.

My suggestion:
For hiking, I recommend you to take warm clothes. Believe it or not, it can get very cold in Australia.

The hike up to Cradle Mountain is one of the most popular hikes. It can be accessed from Dove Lake. I really enjoyed the hike around this beautiful mountain lake which takes 2 hours. The ascent up to Mount Cradle is longer: it takes a day.

Another of Tasmania's mythical trails: theOverland Track. A 65km circuit and a 6-day trek through the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The splendid scenery and the physical challenge of the Overland Track make it one of the wildest walks in the world. During the summer season, from October to May, you will need to book your place and pay a fee if you want to do this hike. Those who are brave enough to make the trek will cross landscapes of valleys carved out by glaciers, thick eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and steep gorges. The walk finishes at the deepest lake in Australia: Lake St Claire

Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain in the background
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