How to Visit Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain National Park
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The UNESCO World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park is perhaps the singularΒ “must see” attraction in the whole state of Tasmania. While there is plenty more to see and do (or you could do all of it), this is by far one of the most pristine, serene, and completely surreal experiences to have in Tasmania. It is here where you can breathe the world’s cleanest air and experience the untouched wilderness of the little island stateΒ of Tasmania, Australia.

Cradle Mountain

How to Visit Cradle Mountain

Visitors have the option to visit Cradle Mountain in one day, or to stay a night or two in one of the accommodations on offer at the entry to the park. Below are some of the best options for visiting the park:

Day Visit from Launceston

The nearby city of Launceston is a great city to base yourself for day trips around the North and North West. If you don’t wish to stay in the park at one of the (few) accommodation choices on offer, Launceston is just a 2 hour drive away, making a day trip entirely viable.

Related: Guide to Northern Tasmania; Top 10 Restaurants in Launceston

Directions: Leave Launceston on the A1, heading towards Devonport and Burnie. Some worthy detours from the A1 include: Hagley, Westbury, and Deloraine. From Deloraine, take the B12 to Mole Creek. If you are interested, you can also visit the Mole Creek Caves for a guided walk.

Multi-Day Visit

If you would prefer to maximise your time in the park and allow for multiple day-treks, the below are some highlights on offer (see below).

Around the area, visitors can make their way to nearby Sheffield Town of Murals, Ashgrove Cheese Factory, or simply enjoy the National Park for multiple days.

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Hikes in Cradle Mountain National Park

The Overland Track

By far the mostΒ renowned hike is the highly celebrated Overland Track. But there’s much more to see and do inside the park!

Short Walks:

Dove Lake Loop (2-3 hours), Weindorfers Forest Walk (20 minutes), Enchanted Walk (20 minutes)

Overnight Walks:

Aside from the Overland Track, walkers can also enjoy a circuit of Cradle Mountain. For the Overland Track, walkers will spend around 5 nights/6 days (depending on pace) walking 65 kilometres.

For more in-depth information, visit Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife.


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    July 10, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for your direction.

    July 10, 2015 at 9:27 am

    This looks amazing! I love exploring through nature when it’s a bit chillier, even the gloomy weather adds a special mood to the photos!

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    July 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Tasmania is on our list. We are hoping to head over this year.

    July 9, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I had no idea Tasmania was so diverse! Looks like a really lovely hike with all the fog :]

    July 9, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Tasmania is so so so pretty <3

    July 8, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    this place look really interesting. I really like national parks. I’m living near one and it’s also in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You should visit the Dolomits.

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    Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog
    July 8, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Gorgeous as always! πŸ™‚ I absolutely loved Cradle Mountain National Park. One of the highlights of my time in Tasmania was strolling along the boardwalks in the valley, and coming across a wombat with a baby in her pouch. And obviously, it helped that the scenery is stunning πŸ™‚ Sad the weather was a bit grey for you, though – it was beautiful in the sunshine and blue sky!