Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

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Without question the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area will be the highlight of your trip to the island. Its outstanding natural beauty covers over one million hectares and the five National Parks within that footprint were cumulatively classified under a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 1982, meeting seven of the 10 selection criteria.

In the northern part of the Tasmanian Wilderness region is the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain and the serenity of a cabin reflected on the glassy surface of Lake St Clair are iconic Australian images and the centrepieces to the wild alpine heathlands and ancient rainforests of the region.

The diversity of the landscape is staggering with open sun drenched plains of button grass contrasting against dense misty old growth rainforest. Crystal clear streams tumble into icy glacial lakes and tall deciduous Fagus beech and King Billy pine trees tower above it all. Wildlife is everywhere and frog song competes with the scurry of quolls, echidnas and Tasmanian devils. That splash you hear could be a native bird, or maybe even a platypus.

There are plenty of ways to experience the park for all fitness levels. Visitors can take a boat cruise on Lake St Clair or maybe a scenic flight over the National Park. Trout fishing and kayaking experiences are also available. Short walks departing from the visitor centres are possible – Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain can be reached by foot on a day trip, while visitors can enjoy a scenic two-hour circuit walk of Lake St Clair. For the adventurer, the internationally renowned Overland Track is a 70-kilometre bushwalking trail taking in the very best of the landscape from north to south.

The park has excellent facilities with toilets, information, wonderful food and accommodation for all budgets.

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