Couple watching at Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain Hotel

CRADLE MOUNTAIN – LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK

CRADLE MOUNTAIN – LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK

This amazing part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is made up of 161,000 hectares of spectacular wild beauty. Cradle Mountain marks the northern end of this national park that is famous for awe-inspiring craggy mountains, deep valleys, heathlands, button grass moors and ancient forests.

 Boat Shed at Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain Hotel

The park was listed as part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 1982 because of its globally significant natural, cultural and historic values and its unique pristine wilderness. Specifically, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is home to:

  • Australia’s deepest glacial lake, Lake St Clair, which is fringed by forests, mountains and walking trails
  • Australia’s only deciduous tree, the fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) which turns the hillsides to burnished red and gold from late April to May 
  • Australia’s deepest gorge, Fury Gorge 
  • Tasmania’s tallest mountain (Mt Ossa; 1617m), which rises from the plains at the centre of the park.

Truly spectacular and like nowhere else, this national park always has something new for you to discover.

Please remember that you will require a Tasmanian national parks pass to enter the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park; these are available through reception at Cradle Mountain Hotel or at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre.

Cradle mountains at Cradle Mountain Hotel