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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most visited natural attractions with stunning scenery, wildlife, walking and more. Discover a new side of Tasmania today.

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Cradle Mountain

Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most visited natural attractions.

While there's no actual town at Cradle Mountain, visitors can find a range of accommodation within the park in cabins, chalets and campgrounds.

Part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, the surrounding landscape is diverse and includes grassland, rainforest and ancient plants such as the long-lived King Billy pine and the native 'fagus' or deciduous beech.

The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.

With a range of fantastic walks ranging from easy to difficult, there's plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty of Tasmania's wilderness first hand, and with all the comforts of home awaiting you at the end of your day. You can even relax in a luxury spa.

And for a different perspective on the wilderness take a stroll through the Wilderness Gallery showcasing around 250 images by some of Australia and the world's best wilderness and nature photographers.

Cradle Mountain is a 1.5-hr drive from Devonport and a 2.5-hour drive from Launceston.

McDermotts Coaches runs four Cradle Discoverer buses from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service visitor centre into Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The new hybrid buses are warm and cosy, and very quiet. The shuttles run from 8.15am to 5.30pm, every 10-15 minutes . Visitors can not drive to the Dove Lake car park while shuttle buses are operating.

Walkers keen to explore the Overland Track over several days can book a transfer between Launceston and Cradle Mountain or Lake St Clair.

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