Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park Tasmania

Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania


Cradle Mountain at the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt – Lake St Clair National Park in which is part of the spectacular Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The ruggerd contours of Cradle Mountain shows just what a wild landscape is meant to look like.  There is everything from ancient rainforests to buttongrass that paints a colorful and spectacular picture to explore.

Cold and Icy streams flowing down mountain sides with the ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife ensure there is always something to captivate you. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. A visit will reveal why.

Cradle is the starting point for the world-famous Overland Track, a magnificent 6 day walk that will take you through the heart of some of the finest mountain terrain.

Cradle Mountain lies at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It is 1 1/2 hours from Devonport via the B19 and B14 south to Sheffield, then C136 and C132 to the park entrance.

From Launceston, it is a 2 1/2 hour drive on the Bass Highway (A1), then the signposted route via B13 and C156 through Sheffield.From the west, drive 2 hours along the A10 and C132 from Queenstown or 1 1/2 hours from Burnie via B18 through Ridgley, then the A10 and C132 to reach the park.

There is no direct road link through the Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park to join the two ends of the park. Visitors may most easily reach Lake St Clair via the Cradle Link Road (C132) and the Muchison and Lyell Highways (A10).

Caravans, campervans, motorhomes and trailers, as well as vehicles over 6.5 tonnes and/or vehicles over 8 metres in length are not permitted in the National Park. These vehicles will need to be left at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Transit Terminal car park. Visitors can use a shuttle bus or approved tour bus to access Dove Lake and other day walk areas. For commercial and school group vehicle guidelines click here.

Road Conditions

For information on roads leading to Cradle Mountain, and access within the park, please see the DIER website.

Cradle Shuttle Bus

McDermotts Coaches operates a shuttle bus service on behalf of the Parks and Wildlife Service. The shuttle bus service operates between the Visitors Centre and Transit Terminal, located at the former airstrip to Dove Lake. The service is aimed at protecting the important values of the World Heritage Area while also preserving the visitor experience.

The service has been highly successful in reducing visitor traffic on the road to Dove Lake by one-third. It has attracted a highly favourable response from Tasmanian, interstate and overseas visitors since its introduction.

The shuttle service operates seven days a week. In addition to your Park Pass fee, a charge for the use of the shuttle bus service may apply.

Due to the high visitation at Cradle Mountain throughout the year, visitors are encouraged to leave cars at the Visitors Centre and Transit Terminal (located 2km before the park boundary) and take the shuttle bus service to the Interpretation Centre and Ranger Station, Snake Hill, Ronny Creek, Waldheim, and Lake Dove. A boom gate controls vehicle access to the park and on days of high visitation all visitors (including those with an annual pass) are encouraged to return to the Transit Centre and use the shuttle bus service.

Day Visitor Facilities

Picnic shelters with electric barbecues are found adjacent to the Rangers Station and Interpretation Centre and there are picnic tables close to Waldheim.

Toilets are located at the Visitor Centre, Rangers Station, Waldheim and Dove Lake. All of these are wheelchair accessible.


A TrailRider (all-terrain wheelchair) is available at Cradle Mountain for visitors with impaired mobility. This enables greater access to the National Park and provides more opportunity to discover all Cradle Mountain has to offer. The TrailRider can be used on a range of designated walking tracks within the National Park that are not accessible to conventional wheelchairs. A minimum of two reasonably fit operators are required to assist the rider on easier graded walks, with more needed for difficult tracks. The TrailRider is available for free hire, though bookings need to be made 7 days in advance. For all bookings and enquiries please contact the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on (03) 64 921 110 or
A public telephone with local, ISD and IDD access is located in the Cafe located next door to the Visitors Centre and at the entrance to the Cradle Mountain Rangers Station and Interpretation Centre. (There is no mobile phone service available within the Cradle Mountain area).

A limited line of grocery items may be purchased from the campground shop.

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Transit Terminal

Located 2km before the national park entrance, this centre provides visitors with a range of services that includes the sales of park entry passes, information on walks and activities, and is the departure point of the shuttle bus. The centre is open daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

The Overland Track check-in counter is located inside the Visitor Centre. All walkers planning to walk the Overland Track to Lake St Clair between 1 October and 31 May will need to check-in here. Here you can collect your Overland Track Pass, your National Parks Pass.

Cradle Mountain Rangers Station and Interpretation Centre

Located just inside the national park entrance, this centre provides visitors with a wide range of services that includes informative displays, an art gallery, videos and a welcoming log fire!  Some short walks and the Cradle Valley Boardwalk commence near the Rangers Station. The centre is open daily from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.

A visit to the centre as soon as you arrive is recommended. This will help you to make the most out of your stay.

Park Shop

Within the Visitor Centre is the National Park shop. The shop is well stocked with some stunning wilderness postcards, posters and framed pictures, as well as Tasmanian reference & souvenir books. The shop sells a wide range of all-weather clothing including thermals, quality raincoats, beanies & fleecy jumpers, many with unique Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair logos. Bushwalkers find particularly useful the shops’ stock of bushwalking gear, including camping stoves, fuel, and waterproof pack-liners.

Waldheim Cabins

Nestled between buttongrass plains and ancient temperate rainforest are the rustic and unique Waldheim Cabins. They offer an authentic wilderness experience.

Eight cabins (4 to 8 berth) provide simple and affordable lodgings, where a number of great walking tracks radiate from your front door.

The cabins are located inside the park and are equipped with electric heating, single bunk beds, basic cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and a electric stove. Linen can be provided at a small cost. Two amenities blocks each with showers and flushing toilets. There are small fridges available in each cabin but no general use power points

Please bring your own bedding and toiletries.

Please note that all cabins are non-smoking.

Cabin keys can be collected from the Cradle Mountain Visitor centre during office hours 8.30am to 4.30pm. If you arrive outside office hours details of your cabin and keys will be left in the After Hours Waldheim Key Safe located at the front entrance of the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Details on access are provided with booking confirmation.

See camping and cabin fees for further details and costs.

Tasmanian National Parks Entry Fees

Current park passes must be purchased for entry to Tasmania’s national parks. Please see our National Parks Entry Fees pages for full details.

At Cradle Mountain, park passes can be purchased at the Visitor Centre, two kilometres before the park entrance.


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