Cradle Mountain
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Leanne Culina-Penza
Sydney, Australia747 contributions
Sep 2022
Brilliant place to wander. We loved hiking around this National Park. You really can chose your own adventure, with how far you walk and how difficult you chose the challenge. The scenery is breathtaking no matter where you go and you really can spend days out here. The wildlife is literally everywhere, so you just have to stop and look. Really worth the trip here.
Written 22 November 2022
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M O
Australia29 contributions
Oct 2022
Worth a trip here if you're coming to Tasmania.
We visited on a miserable day but that didn't take away from the experience. It was amazing and there was so much to see and do. Will definitely have to come back one day to do some of the walks we missed.
Every walk we did was stunning, breathtaking, beautiful - all those adjectives and more.

Glacier Rock and Dove Lake took my breath away - amazing to see.
We also did the Rainforest walk and enjoyed seeing the Pencil Pine Falls (I thin they're called) this was an easy walk with lots of greenery to see.
The Enchanted Walk was another favourite with lots of water and greenery again. This walk made you feel like you were in another world.

Would recommend all these walks and would love to go back and do more.

Don't let the cold put you off! It is well worth a visit and you won't regret it.
Written 16 November 2022
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Sharon Lee
Perth, Australia65 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We came on a cloudy and chilly day but the visit was well worth it. We paid for a park pass that allowed us access to cradle mountain for two days and then other access to other national parks. This pass lasts 3 months.
Visitor centre was very helpful giving maps and advising you where to go. Caught the free shuttle bus( every 15 minutes) to our first stop Dove lake. Great walk tracks down to the water. Then went to another stop where wombats were a metre away in the wild . Very exciting! Went back to the visitor centre to grab the car and visited the Devils @ Cradle sanctuary. Well worth it to see the Tassie devils. Back to visitor centre cafe for a bit of lunch . Awesome day!
Written 14 October 2022
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nickgonzalez777
Ballarat, Australia56 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We decided to spend our day in the Cradle Mountain area yesterday. As the Dove Lake circuit was a moderate and mid-range walk (around 2-3 hours including stopping for photos, lunch etc) we opted for that as we are regular walkers who like a bit of challenge.

The views all around the lake were beautiful, particularly as you make your way around in a clockwise fashion as recommended. The track is very well marked, with regular lookouts along the way, a very safe and non-slip path around the lake.

The staff at the information centre were polite and very helpful.

One fantastic thing included as part of our parks pass (needed to enter ANY park in Tasmania) is that we had access to a free shuttle which took you as far into the cradle mountain area as you wanted and stopped by every 10-15 minutes.

We also opted to take a slight detour off Dove Lake walk and visit Lake Wilks - be warned, it’s beautiful but the trek up and down is not for everyone and we found difficulty with it during a relatively dry and clear day. Otherwise - it was great and stopped by there for lunch!
Written 27 September 2022
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Jen D
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Sep 2022 • Couples
Cradle Mountain is a spectacular place to visit. The team in the visitors centre and in the shuttle buses are friendly and very knowledgeable of the area and are ready and helpful. The gift shop allowed us to purchase some much needed gloves as it was very cold. They also have a selection of beanies, scafes, jackets and an array of souvenirs if needed. The let down was the cafe...
One thing you look forward to on your journey back is a nice hot coffee. Dont bother. It was not nice and my husbands was cold. The food didn't look appetising either. But the most disappointing of all, were the people behind the counter. Did look happy at all. Everyone I have met so far in Tassie, have been really nice. This was the only letdown. Maybe they would be better in another career choice.

Didn't try the food as we took our own
Written 14 September 2022
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kezzlathenofxer
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
Aug 2022
The Park
You need to go to the visitor centre and buy a park pass and shuttle bus ticket. If you buy a 2 month car pass like we did approx $83, it allows entry to all other par ie Wineglass Bay etc.

Dove Lake Walk. Easy walk, we took 3hrs with lots of stopping for photos and 4 x 5min rest and enjoy lookout points. When you start head to the left, it’s a circle (think of the track like a lollipop shape). The end part has a few steps, if you go right and did this first you may be a bit tired from the beginning.

Walks around Peppers
There are a few short walks from Pepper, or more if you want to do extra walking.
The Enchanted walk (circuit) is on Peppers ground, an easy 20min. There are pademelons, wallabies and wombats.
Rainforest is a 10min circuit.
King Billy is a 40min circuit.

Devils at Cradle
This is a small conservation sanctuary. There is general entry and 4 different tours. We did the after dark feeding tour. You can get there earlier and walk around like we did, 1hr before, although you don’t need a lot of time, its good to have a look around when there is still light. The park has (multiple of each) Tassie Devils (of course!), Spotted Quolls, Eastern Quolls and 1 wombat.
The tour is approx 1hr and 15mins, on our tour, it may change each night, we saw 2 groups of Tassie devils fed, 2 Spotted Quolls fed and 4 Eastern Quolls fed. The keeper was lovely and lot of information. There is also a little shop which I bought a few things to support the sanctuary. This is a five minute drive from Peppers and I would recommend it as an animal lover and support for what they are doing to help these little guys.

Accomodation at Cradle Mountain consist of (I think);
-Peppers
-Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
-Cradle Mountain Hotel
-Cradle Mountain Highlander Cottages
-Discovery Parks - Caravan, cabins, camping
-Smaller individual own places

Eating & Drinking
If your accommodation is self contained so you can cook/heat, remember to do your shopping at the last biggest town like Deloraine/Lauceston etc, there is no supermarket. I think there is limited accomodation that is self contained, but I’m not sure about this.
There are only four restaurants at Cradle Mountain and not open everyday, so check.

We ate at;
1) Highland Restaurant @ Pepper - formal - see above
2) The Tavern @ Pepper counter-meals - see above

Didn’t eat at these;
3) Altitude Restaurant @ Cradle Mountain Hotel - set menu 2 or 3 courses, or a la carte
4) Hellyers Restaurant @ Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village - share plates

The Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre has a small cafe and is open every day for lunch or a snack.
Peppers gift shop does pre-made sandwiches - in fridge, not many.
Written 5 September 2022
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Frank M
South Australia, Australia257 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Fantastic area to explore, did five different walks in the region all of them awesome, favourite was Dove Lake, hopefully be back soon to do a few more walks. Perfect to do in any weather
Written 25 August 2022
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Sharon D
Auckland Central, New Zealand25 contributions
Jul 2022
It was drizzling with rain for our entire two night/3 day stay. It didn't matter. We dressed in warm waterproof clothing and walked the boardwalks, saw amazing sights and took great photos with our phones. We had meals at local hotels. I definitely want to return and would like to visit when it wasn't so cold and wet but to be honest, the weather was all part of the experience. I wish we had attended the Visitors Centre earlier. The staff were fantastic and helped us decide which the best walks were for us in the conditions.
Written 17 August 2022
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Natalie B
Brisbane, Australia75 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
It’s a scenic drive out to Cradle Mountain, took about 2 hours from Launceston to get there. Parked up at the visitors centre (ample parking) and went in, purchase our park passes. There’s free water to fill up your water bottle. Numerous different walks to take, staff are happy to recommend based on how long you are there and your fitness level. Cafe at the top with light refreshments. Ticket includes the shuttle bus that makes stops at a few different places. Shuttle drivers all friendly. We did a couple of easy walks and were stoked to see a few wombats. Lovely waterfalls. Beautiful scenic walks.
Written 7 August 2022
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SMOAI76
New South Wales, Australia1,249 contributions
May 2022
Cradle Mountain is my happy place and I tend to visit as part of a few days holiday rather than a rushed day trip. Spent 4 days in the area in May, mainly a bit cloudy and rainy so just did shorter walks nearer to our accommodation.

Day 4 however was a cracker, cool clear, frosty, blue skies and sunny so we entered the park at about 7.40am on foot to begin the Cradle Valley Boardwalk and it was magical. There was frost on the boardwalk and the ground the whole place was sparkling like diamonds !! and we felt like we had the place to ourselves.

It's a 2.5-3 hour (one way) walk that starts from behind the parks dept ranger station at the national park entrance.

The walk starting from this end is nearly all boardwalk rising and falling through open plains and more closed in woodland. The walk is not overly steep but there are some areas of steps to up/down.
As you progress glimpses of the peak of Cradle Mountain can be seen.

Eventually the boardwalk comes up and out of the valley when it comes out at the Ronny Creek bus stop on the main Dove Lake Road that the park shuttle buses travel on.
At this point we crossed over the road to continue our walk at what is the start of the Overland Track via a little bit more of a boardwalk trail and followed up by the dirt and rock tracks via Wombat pool track and Lake Lilla track to our final destination of Dove Lake and close up views of Cradle Mountain where spectacular views await.

This is a great walk to do because the extra distance and time it takes is a bit more than the average day tripper might tackle so you can enjoy some isolation, it just gets a bit busier around the main visitor area at Dove Lake.

This is a great walk for those of you that can handle a 3 hour walk which was probably about 10klms for the full walk we did, but are not a hardcore walker that takes a big backpack, disappears for days and likes climbing up rock faces !!

We returned from Dove Lake back to the starting point of the ranger station via the parks shuttle bus.**

(** Please note you can't buy bus tickets on board from the driver, knowing we would walk in and bus out we purchased a bus ticket in advance.)
Written 31 July 2022
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