For walkers, hikers and nature lovers it is a must in making at least once a lifetime journey to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

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Bushwalking in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain and behind is Dove Lake. Photo Credit Wikimedia

FOR WALKERS, HIKERS AND NATURE LOVERS it is a must in making at least once a lifetime journey to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Cradle Mountain was declared a reserve as far back in 1922 owing to Austrian couple Gustav Weindorfers and his wife Kate. Today it shares a “Twin Park” agreement with the World Heritage listed Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China.

Cradle Mountain

Winter: Snow poles mark the track descending from the summit of Cradle Mountain.

The 6th highest peak in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain has the best Bush Walking experience in Australia by its famously known Overland Track which is the route chartered by Gustav Weindorfers back in 1921. A magnificent yet intimate way to get to know Australia’s bush lands in this six days journey where it starts at Dove Lake, passing through Mt Ossa (Tasmania’s highest peak at 1617 meters) ending at Lake St. Clair. Walkers must be “experienced” enough as even walking in summer the weather can change from sunny to rain and sometimes with ice slates too. Walking through wild landscape, through ancient rainforests, alpine heathlands, buttongrass and stands of colourful deciduous beech trees as well as coming across icy streams to the still glacial lakes, not forgetting its resident fauna is an experienced worth the track. Hence equipping oneself mentally and physically is important.

An “Overland Track-Daily Walk Notes” can be downloaded in pdf form, info from The Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania. During summer which is the peak season from 1st October to 31st May, there is a fee to be paid. This goes a long way to conserve the park and its facilities. Giving back to the hikers and walkers welfare. No fee to be paid on the other seasons. The track is open all year round catering to different walkers and hikers experience.

Start of the Overland track on a sunny day …..

Wide Landscape and a Track to Famous Barn Bluff, A Mountain located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Good walking tracks has been created and constantly fixed

Choose your pathway!

Suspension Bridge on the way following the Overland Track

Cradle Mountain Canyons

Encounter wild Tasmanian pademelon while tracking.

Coral Fungi in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Most certainly cannot be consumed!

Extreme Weather conditions Overland Track if you choose to explore in winter. An altogether different world. Photo Courtesy to David Noble.

The crisp fresh air and the lush greens surrounding the Cradle Mountain offers to all walks of life. There are beautiful Lodge houses and chalets for a night stay or two on Cradle Mountain itself. Offering world class hotel experiences for those with children or who don’t wish to rough it out! For the amatuer walkers, you are not to be missed as Dove lake circuit is a superb way of getting a feel of bush land walk. An approximate two hours walk over 6 km around the lake, the tracks are up-kept with toilet facilities, maps and a gift shopy the park. You will come across The enchanting Ballroom forest! A moss covered forest with myrtle-beech trees. You can half expect fairies to be dancing around! Suitable for children’s first bush walking experience.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in winter.

Dove Lake Walk for the ametuer walkers or families with young children. A great way to introduce them to walking and exploring nature!

There is also a map for reference.

Dove Lake Boatshed built in 1940 and is one of the iconic sights.

A rainbow over Boatshed

The Ballroom Forest the mossy forest off Dove Lake circuit.

Making your way to Devils @ Cradle to visit the Tassie of Tasmania. A tasmanian devil sanctuary is located adjacent to Cradle Mountain Park. The sanctuary is mainly created to also help orphaned tasmanian devils and the local Eastern and Spotted Tail Quoll. There are day and night guided tours. For the more adventurous Cradle Mountain Canyon Whitewater-rafting it is!

Get up close and personal with the devil at Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary, located adjacent to Cradle Mountain Park.

Cradle Mountain can be a harsh land but for its beauty and by taking safety measure during your exploration … it opens up another world. Apple Vacations have designed a route to explore the beautiful sceneries of Tasmania which includes Cradle Mountain.

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