Crater Peak Bushwalk Cradle Mountain
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Crater Peak Bushwalk Cradle Mountain

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Crater Peak, Crater Lake Falls bushwalk Cradle Mountain, it is possible, depending upon the weather, to take day walks to Cradle Mountain and Crater Lake, to go alpine skiing (please note: there are no lifts or ski facilities), to swim in crystal clear blue lakes, to climb Cradle Mountain or to take lengthy multi-day through the Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park. The most popular walks include Mount Campbell (about 3 hours), Hansons Peak (about 3 hours), Twisted Lakes (3-4 hours), Lake Rodway (5 hours), Lake Lilla (1 hour), and the Ballroom Forest (3 hours). Crater Peak Cradle Mountain is accessed from the Ronny Creek car park by following the Overland Track. Then take the Horse Track and return. Alternatively, you can continue to the junction before Kitchen Hut and return via Marion's Lookout past Crater Lake, Crater Falls, and returning to the Ronny Creek car park. This alternative walk will take app. 4 1/2 hours. For many visitors to Cradle Mountain, the highlight of their trip is the view across Dove Lake to Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania's best-known tourism icons. Cradle Mountain is a jagged dolerite peak; its name derived from the mountain's resemblance to a miner's cradle. Magnificent Cradle Mountain can be seen either on foot as you walk along the shores of Dove Lake, or from the car park at Dove Lake. Visitors should remember that the wild weather of the Tasmanian highlands often reduces visibility and makes the mountain difficult or impossible to see. Bookings are required for people walking the Overland Track during the period 1 November to 30 April. During this period walkers are required to walk the track from North to South (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair) and pay the Overland Track Fee. A National Parks Pass is required to visit Cradle Mountain and to complete the Crater Lake walk.

This walk takes you over well-signposted boardwalk past button grass fields from the Dove Lake car park (toilets are located here). After passing Lake Lilla and Wombat Lake, you'll head up the side of a crater wall on a gravel track - the ascent is reasonably easy but can be steep in some sections so take care of children, the elderly or persons with mobility issues. At the top, you'll find a wet rainforest as you follow Crater Creek, and walk on raised duckboard past waterfalls covered in dense vegetation and lichen-covered boulders creating a spectacular sight any time of the year. The rainforest eventually gives way to rocky shores as you gaze in awe at the deep blue reflective surface of this pretty lake. There is an old boathouse on the north side of the lake which is a good place to take shelter if the weather turns bad (which it often does in Cradle Mountain) and also serves as a beautiful and subject for a photo. Enchanted Walk Cradle Mountain :


Walk Length
5 kilometres
Walk Duration
2-3 hours
Walk Type
Duckboard Gravel Dirt Grass
National Park
Costs Apply?
Suit Children
Walk Difficulty
Region of Tasmania
North West
Start Of Walk
Cradle Mountain Visitor Information Centre
Walker Registration Required
Mobile Phone Reception
Barbecue Facilities
Fresh Water
Camping Available
Camping Comments
Nearest camping is in a commercial caravanpark at Cradle Mountain


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