Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

The spectacular World Heritage Area, 1 hour from Sheffield guarantees wildlife such as wombats, pademelons and currawongs, echidnas and quolls in the serenity of silent isolation amid ancient alpine trees.  Cradle Mountain is not just a place to get away from it, it’s a place to get into it – where you can leap off waterfalls, kayak to isolated myrtle forest, ride a horse through alpine wilderness, or walk for a while … or for days. You can visit a Tassie Devil wildlife sanctuary, take a scenic helicopter ride, see award-winning art galleries, or spend a snowy winter’s day sipping cognac by a fireplace in a cosy lodge as you gaze at the winter wonderland outside.

There is accommodation for all budgets, from backpacker to alpine lodges ranked in the top 10 in Australia.

Accessing Cradle Mountain National Park:

Shuttle Bus - The national park is best accessed by Shuttle Bus.  Upon paying for entrance to the park you will receive a complimentary shuttle bus voucher.  The shuttle bus runs every 10-15 minutes stopping the the Visitor Information Centre, Interpretation Centre/Ranger Station, Snake Hill, Ronny Creek (Waldheim), Dove Lake.

Walking - The Cradle Valley Boardwalk runs from the Interpretation Centre along the Dove River to Dove Lake.  It is a pleasant 3 hour walk along the boardwalk with the final section being gravel.  There is an option to utilise the shuttle bus for sections of this walk to complete in a shorter time.

Private Vehicle - Access to the National Park is prohibited to caravans, campervans and camper trailers.  Entrance to cars is permitted but may be restricted during busy times by a boom gate at the entrance.  The road from the park entrance to Dove Lake is a narrow, windy road. 



Short Walk options:


 Longer Walks:

For walks longer than 3 hours and overnight wals to higher altitudes the publication Çradle Mountain Day Walks Map and Notes' is available for purchase from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Information Centre.

Overland Track - From 1 October - 31 May all walkers must book in advance before undertaking this walk.  The walk runs from North to South, Cradle Mountain to Lake Sr Clair.  To make a booking for the Overland Track click here.


For more information on any walks, access or costs click here.