Cradle Mountain forms the northern
end of the wild Cradle Mountain - Lake
St Clair National Park, itself a
part of the Tasmanian Wilderness
World Heritage Area. The jagged
contours of Cradle Mountain
epitomise the feel of a wild
landscape, while ancient rainforest
and alpine heathlands, buttongrass
and stands of colourful deciduous
beech provide a wide range of
One of the highlights of a trip to
the Cradle Mountain park is the view across Dove
Lake to Cradle Mountain, a jagged
dolerite peak that takes its name
supposedly from a minerís cradle.
Cradle Mountain is sometimes shrouded in cloud from
the wild highland weather.
There are many
wonderful walks in the
Cradle Mountain park,
including the famous Overland Track, which
runs for 76 kilometres across the park.
In season, licensed
trout fishing is
permitted in the Cradle Mountain lakes and rivers, and
private boats can be used for fishing or
scenic trips. Swimming is permitted but as
the lakes are fed by mountain streams, they
are always cold.