Travelling to Tasmania and visiting Cradle Mountain can be one of the most rewarding experiences to be enjoyed in Australia. Acknowledged as one of the world’s most pristine locations, this World Heritage site is surely a must see for all nature lovers.
Many come just for a day trip and end up returning for a much longer stay – there is simply so much to see, do and enjoy. It’s no wonder that around a quarter of visitors to Tasmania make sure they pay a visit.
With it’s lush greenery, picture-perfect lakes, fascinating native wildlife and breathtaking panoramic views, Cradle Mountain is truly an experience to remember.
There is a visitor centre near the entrance to the National Park where you can learn everything you need to know about the facilities and services available. The helpful staff will help you with any questions you may have, so paying a visit to the centre first is highly recommended and it will help you get the very most from the time you spend here.
Cradle Mountain Accommodation
Accommodation options include a picturesque cottages, chalets, cabins, lodges, studios and villas. It is highly recommended that you book as far in advance as possible. You may also be able to find some discounted offers online that may not be available from your local travel agent. Most accommodation at Cradle Mountain would fit into the mid-range category, although anyone looking for something more luxurious will not be disappointed.
Cradle Mountain Walks
There is an amazing network of walking tracks that cater to just about all levels of fitness, and they range from the easier treks of an hour or so right up to the epic six day world renowned Overland Track. Don’t forget to bring your camera – or video recorder – to capture some of the amazing panoramic views.
Cradle Mountain History
The mountain is composed of dolerite columns which are ancient formations that enchant the visitor with their unsurpassed beauty. It is the result of glacial action which started over 20,000 years ago, and is today are one of the cleanest and most unsullied tourist sites of the southern hemisphere.
The name Cradle Mountain was given because of the resemblance of the mountain to a gold mining cradle by the explorer Joseph Fossey and they have been one of the premier attractions of Tasmania for many years.
The mountains have been astounding travellers with their unique beauty for a long time, but it was explorers like Gustav Weindorfer who made the mountains their home in the early years of the 20th century who spread word of their magnificence through the letters and descriptions that they wrote.
In fact it was Weindorfer’s idea that the entire region be treated as a national park and declared open to the public so that all of humanity could enjoy nature in its most beautiful state.
The iconic wilderness trails have become attractions to all kinds of visitors and immense efforts have been taken to ensure that the pristine and wondrous beauty of the area has been maintained
Cradle Mountain is the perfect destination for romantic getaways, an active bush walking holiday or a relaxing break in truly spectacular surroundings. Find out for yourself why so many visitors keep coming back: we hope to welcome you soon!