Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations and is undeniably one of Australia’s most beautiful national parks. The national park is incredibly diverse, complete with grassland, rainforest and ancient plants. You are also in for a treat if you’re a wildlife lover as the park is filled with wombats, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.
There are a variety of different walks you can take, ranging from easy to difficult, so there is something for everyone! If you enjoy nature, hiking and beautiful scenery, you won’t be disappointed by your visit here. The sites are truly breathtaking year round, no matter the season. I’d recommend 1-3 days in this area to get the most out of your visit.
How to get here:
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is located in the middle of Tasmania. It is easily accessible by car from the two main cities, Hobart and Launceston. The only way to get around here is via car or by going on a tour bus.
Things to do:
When you get to Cradle Mountain you cannot drive any further than Ronny Creek car park. From there you need to buy your shuttle tickets and park entry from the Visitor Centre. If you don’t know what hike you want to go on, tell the rangers what you’re after and ask them to recommend the best one for you. That’s what we did! We ended up combining a few tracks and hiked the Overland Track to Crater Lake, up to Marion’s Lookout to the Link Trail and ended up at Dove Lake. This took approximately 6 hours with breaks.
We also spent the whole day yammering on about how badly we wanted to spot a wombat, and to our absolute delight, we were greeted by about 8 of them at dusk! We kept our distance but they didn’t seem to be scared of us at all and kept walking closer, mindlessly munching on the grass. However, even if they do seem really calm, don’t pat them or intrude on their personal territory! It is their land, not ours.
We ended our long day at Cradle Mountain Lodge, sitting by the fire, wine in hand and devouring the most delicious garlic bread any of us had ever eaten. If only every day could be like that!