Cradle Mountain epitomises the rugged natural beauty of Tasmania that attracts adventure lovers from the world over. It sits majestically atop the Northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and offers up some stunning landscapes to explore.
If you're visiting Tasmania, Cradle Mountain is a must-see destination on your travels. There are plenty of walks to choose from, including a range of day walks as well as overnight walks. For the avid adventurers, there is the famous Overland Track, which takes approximately 6 days (gulp!).
We went for one of the most popular and scenic of the day walks, the Dove Lake Loop Track. It is suggested that you allow 2 hours to complete this circuit, however we ended up closer to 3 hours by the time we stopped to take in lots of different views. The scenery was simply spectacular and made some of the challenging steps and inclines totally worth it. And the best part? If you keep your eyes peeled you might spot a furry fat wombat foraging in the shrub for a midday meal!
He was too busy snacking to care about the paparazzi!
We took our time on the walk and were rewarded with lots of unique viewpoints and some special little hideaways. We made the mistake of not packing a picnic lunch but found the perfect place for one.
Things to note:
- Cradle Mountain is a 2.5 hour drive from Launceston.
- The cost of a daily park pass to enter Cradle Mountain is $16.50 for adults and $8.25 for children. This includes a shuttle bus from the Visitor Centre to the Dove Lake Loop Track.
- Wear study comfortable footwear as the terrain can get uneven in places.
- There is a café at the Visitor Centre but the vegetarian and vegan offerings are slim. Plan ahead and come prepared with your own gourmet picnic (be sure not to leave any rubbish behind).
- It is recommended that the Dove Lake Circuit be completed in a clockwise direction.
- Take lots of photos and look out for wildlife :-)