Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

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Things to Do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

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  • Debra I
    Artarmon, Australia159 contributions
    A wonderful walk of the lake. We had rain and wind at the start but it was still beautiful and mostly sheltered. Well worth doing.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Warren J
    Tamworth, Australia73 contributions
    This hike goes past several lakes, then up to Marion's Lookout over the surrounding lakes & vistas. Shortly afterwards you enter the alpine region with its fascinating flora. Next onto Kitchen Hut, which apart from being a good lunch/rest stop, is also an excellent place to leave behind things not needed for the climb to Cradle Mntn (provided you intend to return this way). After this, the real ascent begins, clambering over/around large boulders. Good footwear & stamina is required if you want to climb to the summit.
    Alternatively, if summiting isn't on your bucket list, you get close views of the mountain by doing the Face Track.
    Whichever you choose, there are various tracks you can return on giving loop walks, enabling you to see different lakes/vistas.
    Written 25 May 2022
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  • Debra I
    Artarmon, Australia159 contributions
    We did the 5.30pm feeding tour and it was really interesting. Rug up warmly as it is outside and cold when we went.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Stephen E
    Palmview, Australia276 contributions
    If you visiting Cradle Mountain and do one walk, this is the one to do. Sure, its a tough walk and a steep climb at the end, but the scenery at the end is worth it.
    Takes lots of water and be sun smart and you'll have a great walk
    Written 7 April 2022
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  • donnam09
    Melbourne, Australia95 contributions
    What a magical experience, quite physically challenging with multiple types of weather conditions. Views were stunning, when not clouded over, the rainforest in misty rain was just beautiful but slippery. Wear sturdy boots, a good waterproof coat and merino sox and top were great to keep comfy. I did see about 90% hikers creating so much unnecessary rubbish by bringing in purchased dehydrated food such as " back country" brand etc only to have carry out this bulky messy rubbish. Try to think of dehydrating your own food, or decanting purchased meals into lighter packaging like zip lock bags and eating it out of your bowl not the heavy bag. The zip lock bags are light and you can easily carry these out then later even reuse them. We did 10 days hiking and only had about 2 handfuls of rubbish.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • Russell
    Melbourne, Australia747 contributions
    Lake St. Clair is a much visit if in the area. It is so picturesque and tranqil....just divine. Dress accordingly to the weather to make it a much better experience......it can be cold, wet and windy there.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • aph1985
    Melbourne, Australia259 contributions
    Pictorial books, topography maps, and other items are available for purchase. This is where the shuttle bus to Dove Lake departs from. The restrooms are very new and immaculate.
    Written 17 January 2022
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  • Trisha C
    Corowa, Australia248 contributions
    A gentle walk for those that are not that fit, but want to see some of the splendors that Cradle Mountain has to off. A must do even if you are fit.
    Written 30 March 2022
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  • HES268
    Tasmania, Australia49 contributions
    Really enjoyed looking around the gallery; shame the Tasmanian Tigers exhibition was no longer there but the rest was pretty good. Service was excellent, and we bought some lovely prints from local artists. Nice that it was free entry too.
    Written 31 July 2021
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  • danielkayelene
    The Summit, Australia707 contributions
    We did this 6km hike at the end of a long day hiking the NP and found it taxing - not sure if was the hike itself or whether we were just tired. We began from the Ronny Creek end and finished at Dove Lake. There is very little shade on this hike and only the first part is on boardwalk - the rest on unkept, rocky trails. There are lots of ascents and descents to get the heart rate up.

    It was an interesting walk - through grasslands, past unnamed waterfalls, along part of the famed Overland Track and to Crater Lake. We took off our shoes and waded in the cool, clear water to revitalise our worn-out feet.

    Keep an eye out for wombats at the Ronny Creek end. Loved the walk but happy to get to the end too.
    Written 16 February 2022
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  • kinleyx
    Kirchseeon, Germany325 contributions
    This hike is rather long, i.e. around 5 hours, but only if you don't spend a lot of time on taking pictures. Overall we lost one additional hour on pics and videos.

    We suggest going counter clockwise, so when starting, go left at the first crossroad. Then the major part of climbing up the hill is in the forest and thus cooler.

    The climb is really interesting, because vegetation changes drastically like every hour. The lake itself is rather boring in our opinion. Biggest downside here is that it's not really accessible. Yes, we know it's a national park and it's all about preserving nature and wildlife, but there would not be great harm when having good access to the lake at a small area and possibly a bench to sit on.

    Be aware, naturally there's wildlife. We saw several snakes on our way up and down, all circa 15 minutes around the lake. These are venemous, so in general you will need to pay attention on where you are going and stepping. They avoid you, so it's up to you to make yourselves visible.
    Written 18 March 2019
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  • CodyMav
    Gold Coast, Australia27,608 contributions
    There is a cafe attached to the lodge adjacent to this visitors centre.

    The VC serves as a pace to register your multi day walk, has history & information about the area and potential walks, and a small variety of hiking essentials available to purchase
    Written 18 July 2021
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  • aph1985
    Melbourne, Australia259 contributions
    Visitors entering the park must leave their vehicles in the parking lot and use the shuttlebus, which runs every 10 minutes. A café is located in the visitor's centre. The shuttle bus makes a few stops, with the last one at Dove Lake being the most popular. The stroll around the lake is encouraged, albeit there are some areas that are rather steep and need the use of steps. The trees in the Ballroom woodland section of the walk are very lovely.
    Written 16 January 2022
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  • egent5
    Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
    take a jumper, beanie, gloves, raincoat, food and water up there, it's cold and windy. tough climb but amazing feeling at the summit with views of cradle and where you'll continue to walk.
    Written 2 February 2017
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  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,052 contributions
    This is one of 3 short walks from the Visitor Centre and it's worth doing them all as a 90 minute circuit.
    Along the way you will see rivers, ferns, rainforest, tall trees, and if you're lucky, echidnas and platypus.
    The first part up to Watersmeet is wheelchair friendly and anyone can manage this, but after that the track becomes narrow and little more challenging.
    Skip Platypus Bay if you want to save time, as it as the least interesting part of the walk.
    A great introduction to the park for any level of fitness.
    Written 11 March 2021
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