Cradle Mountain, with its majestic ancient rainforests and beautiful alpine peaks, home of the world-famous Overland Track. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is the state's most special place, ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascading streams.
The vegetation at Cradle Mountain is rich and diverse; it includes grasslands, rainforest and many ancient plants such as the long-lived and endemic King Billy pine and the unusual native deciduous beech. The park also has an abundance of wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna, wallaby, kangaroos and wombats.
Cradle Mountain itself is distinctive and the jewel of the park, Cradle Mountain can be viewed from Dove Lake. You can walk around dove lake in roughly two hours, if you feel like some adventure you can even trek to the summit of Cradle Mountain, allow yourself a full day.
There are a variety of shorter walks on offer that take you through amazing old growth rainforest which have been untouched by man.
The Overland Track starts at the former home of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer called Weindorfer’s chalet. The trek itself will take about six days to complete and passes through some of Tasmania’s most beautiful terrain, including Lake St Clair.
Lake St Clair section of the National Park is truly a haven and paradise for people who love and enjoy amazing walks through beautiful peaceful untouched wildernesses. You can stroll through the forest and explore the surrounding lake area. On this journey you will see a wide array of wildflowers including waratahs, orchids, banksias, hakeas and leatherwoods.
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