Cradle Mountain

A gemstone of Australia’a stunning natural scenery, Cradle Mountain’s majestic backdrop is one of the must-see locations for anyone and everyone in the country. Regardless of whether you live here or are just in Australia for a short visit, witnessing the vast beauty of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park has to be at the top of your list of things to do. Many people often have aspirations to travel overseas and do wilderness experiences on other continents, without acknowledging the incredible charm of the outdoor settings of our very own backyard. With it’s sweeping mountainsides, lush forests, picturesque lakes and magnificent biodiversity, Cradle Mountain is easily one of the most beautiful nature escapes in Australia and even the world.

Cradle Mountain will cater for your needs regardless of whether you want to challenge yourself to a multi-day hike, indulge yourself at a luxurious mountain lodge or have an adventurous, nature-filled family getaway. Located on the Northern edge of the Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is just a 2 hour scenic drive away from Launceston or 1.5 hours from Devonport. It provides the gateway to the 6 day Overland Track, or Cradle Mountain Huts walk, which meanders through rugged heathlands, traverses rocky outcrops, will lead you through ancient rainforests, buttongrass, and deciduous beech, as well as bypassing cascading waterfalls that peer out of the mountainside and revealing to you the diversity of animal life ensconced within this pristine wilderness area.

The Cradle Mountain area is of such beauty that is has to be experienced to be truly believed and appreciated. If you’re not the hiking type, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge or Cradle Mountain Chateau are great options if you’re looking to pamper yourself with top-class cuisine and wine, spas and massages, and of course unimaginable views of the surrounding landscapes. These locations are completely immersed in the rainforest and are right next door to some world-class walks. Peppers also offers some incredible adventure activities such as canoeing, horse-riding, quad-biking, canyoning, mountain biking, tobogganing, guided night tours and much more.  The Chateau is home to the intriguing Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition and the Wilderness Gallery – the largest privately owned photographic gallery dedicated to the presentation of wilderness in the country.

The Overland Track has huts all along the journey, taking away a lot of stress from you. But if you want to make the walk even easier and more care-free, you could do the three day world expeditions tour. Regardless of how you choose to experience Cradle Mountain, the three hour Dove Lake circuit is an absolute, unquestionable must.  Make sure you research and book your accommodation or walks well in advance as, believe it or not, this delightful location can get rather busy.

About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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2 Responses to Cradle Mountain

  1. David says:

    Easily the most beautiful place on earth. You’re certainly right when you tell us to do the research. Different companies publish different information about the walks and when they’re open

    Loved the story

  2. David says:

    You might also have mentioned (as one of the rangers did to me) that every snake you see on the track is poisonous. EVERY snake. so be prepared!

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