Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park (north)
Back to nature
You gaze at the immensity of the wilderness stretching around you: the mystical Dove Lake, the famous Cradle Mountain reaching to the sky, its peaks wreathed in mist…The peace, quiet and beauty are indescribable. Even your kids are silent and awed. This trip, away from television, telephones, crowds and computers, is immersing you all in the simple pleasure and beauty of nature. You’ve seen wombats, wallabies and possums, and now, soft white snowflakes start drifting down.
Via Cradle Mountain Rd; Visitor Centre (03) 6492 1110 or (03) 6492 1133
■ The short, easy walks near the ranger station. The Enchanted Walk takes you along the banks of Pencil Pine River, where you can try to spot platypus. The Waterfalls Walk leads to Pencil Pine Falls – a spectacular but very chilly swimming spot – and Knyvet Falls. The Rainforest Walk only takes about ten minutes and gives you a view of the Pencil Pine Falls.
Millions of years ago, Tasmania was part of a super continent, Gondwana, and was attached not only to mainland Australia, but to South America, New Zealand, Africa, India and Antarctica. Many ancient plants you’ll see in Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, such as deciduous beech trees, and the King Billy pines and pencil pines, bear evidence of these Gondwanan origins. In 1982, the park became part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
■ Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park covers a vast area. Cradle Mountain is in the northern section of the park and there is no direct link to Lake St Clair (south).
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