Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park
This is the most iconic park in Tasmania, and rightfully so, as it is a very special place indeed. A spectacular World Heritage area, it has ancient forests, alpine moorlands and amazing wildlife, and offers classic bushwalks of various lengths and for all abilities. The climb to Marions Lookout and the Cradle Mountain summit, then back via Twisted Lakes and Hansons Peak, is a highly recommended day walk – allow at least six hours – as the route quickly takes you above the hordes of sightseers strolling around Dove Lake. Take extreme care on the exciting rock scramble to the summit of Cradle Mountain as even without ice or snow the rocks are slippery and require a steady head. Go in late April or early May to see the hillsides ablaze with deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii), and stop in at the Ronny Creek carpark to have a look for wild wombats. There is a fairly flat 8.5-kilometre track from the visitor centre to Dove Lake, and you can combine walking sections with catching a shuttle bus.
Behind the Cradle Mountain Lodge, the oneand- a-half-hour Speeler Track Circuit is a great way to stretch the legs and to get acquainted with some of the beautiful plant communities, such as the buttongrass plains, sphagnum bogs and King Billy pine forest dripping with lichens.
PWS Cradle Mountain: (03) 6492 1110
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