Exploring Tasmania’s Diversity at Cradle Mountain

Posted on July 22, 2014 by

Often overlooked in favor of more famous parks in Australia, Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park is a treasure trove of crystalline lakes, evergreen forests, and unique wildlife. You can find wombats, wallabies, and Tasmanian devils in their natural habitat, before taking a stroll around Dove Lake or following the Enchanted Forest Walk. This pristine stretch of wilderness is worth taking a look at for anyone interested in a different view of Australia’s diversity. Forged from glacial erosion, you can enjoy views of the mountains, lakes, and valleys with vegetation ranging from open grasslands to thick rainforests. The following are a few highlights that can be enjoyed on a day’s drive.

Cradle MountainImage Source: Bjorn Christian Torrissen/Wikimedia Commons

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre

A good starting point for all visitors to Cradle Mountain is the Visitor Centre. Although conditions are generally safe throughout the year, the centre’s staff can provide up-to-date information regarding weather and trail conditions. You’ll need to take a shuttle from the Visitor Centre’s car park to access attractions like Dove Lake, which is provided as part of the entrance fee. Visitor center

Mole Creek and Caves

Located on the main drive from Launceston to Cradle Mountain, Mole Creek Karst National Park is an exciting detour that allows you to visit an extensive system of caves. These include King Solomon’s Caves and the Marakoopa Cave, which are accessible with guided tours. There is also a café at Mole Creek Guest House which provides an ideal pit stop before reaching the mountain. Hiking past creeks

Devil’s at Cradle Mountain

Wildlife lovers won’t want to miss a visit to Devil’s at Cradle, which is a conservation facility specifically dedicated to the preservation of Tasmanian devils. They offer guided wildlife walks, lectures, and allow you to get up close and personal to these elusive creatures. Tasmanian devil

Wildlife Walks 

Although Cradle Mountain is ideal for a scenic drive, it’s even better to explore on foot. There are numerous walking tracks which allow you to explore the geological diversity of this region, including the famous Overland Track which passes through 65 kilometres of World Heritage protected wilderness. The Dove Lake Loop Track is a short, popular option which loops around the lake. You can enjoy the views of Cradle Mountain looming above and stroll through the Ballroom Forest along the way. Another popular walk is the boardwalk circuit to Pencil Pine Falls, which is accessible to those in wheelchairs and is suitable for families with small children. Those in search of a challenge will want to climb up to Marion’s Lookout, or even on to the summit of Cradle Mountain. Following the signs

To get to Cradle Mountain, you can drive from Launceston along the A1 motorway towards Deloraine, Devonport, and Burnie. The road is easily navigable by most cars, but it’s best to find a vehicle with 4WD if you want to get off the beaten path. Be sure to take your time and enjoy all of the quaint country villages and scenic turnoffs along the way!

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

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