Tasmania’s most recognisable landmark is the craggy profile of Cradle Mountain, at the northern gateway to the Overland Track linking Cradle Valley to Lake St Clair, four to six days walk south. On the park boundary is the visitor centre with its interpretive display, ranger station, park information, walker registration and up-to-date weather reports. Alpine weather changes rapidly always carry waterproof gear, even on summer day walks. There are many superb short walks from the centre and the Dove Lake car park, 14 kilometres further on.
A 5.5 kilometre wooden boardwalk to Dove Lake provides visitors with a special way to explore the Park. A free shuttle bus takes visitors into the park and if you choose to walk part of the way you can be picked up at various points along the road. There is a wide range of accommodation in the Cradle Valley area. For those independent walkers heading for the Overland Track (1 November to 30 April), make sure you check out the advance registration requirements on the website.
Current park passes must be purchased for entry to Tasmania’s national parks. For full details please visit the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife website.