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Cradle Mountain Summit

32. Cradle Mountain Summit

time 6 to 8 hours return walk. (6.4 km one way)
Road C132. 1 hour from Sheffield; 1.25 hours from Devonport. Bus shuttle operates to Dove Lake. See map
fees Park entry fees apply.
facilities Toilets at Dove Lake. Picnic tables at Ronny Creek.
grade Level 5. 600m climb; walk includes crossing large rocks. Track starts at 900m and climbs to 1545m.
what to take Group C items are required
cautions  Supervise children , tracks subject to severe weather conditions all year round, weather may change quickly, tracks are difficult to navigate when covered in snow and may be impassable.
prohibited No pets, firearms or bicycles

The main track to Cradle Mountain summit leaves from Dove Lake and goes via Lake Lilla and Marions Lookout. However, walkers have a choice of several tracks and can choose to walk a different track on their return trip. Time of day, weather conditions and fitness of party should be kept in mind when choosing tracks for the trip. If in doubt, check with staff at the visitor centre. The walk is located in Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park.


Once on the Cradle Plateau you will be walking among Tasmania's unique alpine vegetation. The climb up to the summit will take you through a jumble of magnificent dolerite scree and columner towers. Needless to say, the view from the top is superb!