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Cradle Mountain Tourist Information | Bushwalking | History

The Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is a world heritage wilderness area in Tasmania Australia and there are many hiking and bushwalking trails. From your cabin accommodation at Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages you have an ideal base to set out on a day of bushwalking that will suit all levels from relaxing to totally invigorating.

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Bushwalking - Tourism Tasmania Australia Cradle Mountain

Some of the Day Bushwalking Trails Around The Cradle Mountain National Park:


Dove Lake Circuit Bush Walk (2 hours)

A beautiful walk for all ages and fitness levels, focusing on Cradle Mountain, temperate rainforest, quartzite beaches and sub alpine plant life.

Start from Dove Lake car park and continue along the left side of the lake. The boardwalk weaves it's way through rainforest and past quartzite beaches, to the Ballroom forest, then to the boat shed and back to the car park.

Marion's lookout Bush Walk (2 1/2 hours)

The scenic route to Marions Lookout is via Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool. The most direct route is past the boat shed and straight up the steep side - and it is steep.

Hansons Peak Bush Walk (3 1/2 hours return)

Take the left side of Dove Lake up to Hansons Peak, along the Face Track down to Lake Wilks and return via the Ballroom Forest and along the right hand side of Dove Lake (it is quite steep up Hansons peak and down past Lake Wilks)

Crater Peak Bush Walk (2 1/2 hours return)

From Ronny Creek car park follow the Overland Track and on to the Horse Track and return.

You can also continue to the junction before Kitchen Hut and back via Marions lookout down past Crater Lake, Crater Falls and back to the Ronny Creek car park (this will take about 4 1/2 hours).

Dove Canyon Track Bush Walk (3 hours)

Leave from near the Cradle Mountain Lodge along the Pencil Pine River past Knyvet Falls then up the deep gorge of the canyon past myrtle rainforest areas up on to the buttongrass plains open forest, past Quailes Hill and back to the Cradle Mountain Road and a 700 metre walk to the visitor centre.

Cradle Mountain Summit Bush Walk (5 1/2 hours return)

The quickest route is up the steep side to Marions Lookout from Dove lake and back via Wombat Pool. The track is steep but offers little difficulty for the experienced walker. It should not be attempted in poor weather as it can become icy and exposed.

From Kitchen hut, the return trip from the summit is about 2 hours via a route marked by cairns and red paint marks on the rocks. There is a considerable amount of scrambling over huge dolorite boulders.

The summit is marked by a direction table which identifies major features in the magnificent views over much of northern Tasmania.

An easier route is leaving from Ronny creek along the Overland Track, onto the Horse Track past Crater Peak and back the same way. This will add about an hour.

Other short walks around Cradle Mountain

Pencil Pine Falls and Rainforest Walk: 20 minute circuit walk around Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre

Enchanted Walk: 20 minute circuit walk starting from the bridge at the entrance to the National Park.

Knyvet Falls Walk: 40 minutes return walk starting across the road from the Lodge

King Billy Walk: starts from Cradle Mountain Lodge car park. Ancient king billy pine trees are encountered on this walk.

Waldheim and Weindorfers Forest Walk: a 20 minute circuit starting from the historic Waldheim Chalet. A glimpse into Gustav Weindorfers's pioneering life at Cradle can be seen at Waldheim Chalet.

Lake Lilla Walk: 30 minutes return walk from the Dove Lake car park

Cradle Valley Board Walk: Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre to Dove Lake, about 2.75 hours in total. The walk can be divided into three sections; Visitor Centre to Snake Hill (1 hour), Snake Hill to Ronny Creek (45 minutes) and Ronny Creek to Dove Lake visa Lake Lilla (1 hour).

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