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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Park Ideas - Cradle Mt

The glaciated highlands of Tasmania – a World Heritage Area

For any enquiries please find all Cradle Mt contacts at the office locations and contacts page. More information can be found at the Cradle Mt National Park webpage.

Before booking your trip, call to see if a ranger may be available to assist you with school activities.


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Cradle Mountain walking group

Throughout the year, subject to Ranger availability, we can offer a range of short guided walks and other activities near the Ranger station.

These include: (subject to change)

Crater Lake - a special place to se glaciation and trees along the way. In autumn this is a great location to see the deciduous fagus. (Approx: 3 hrs)

Forest Giants - Tasmania's rainforests contain some of the oldest Australian plants and plant communities. Come on a walk around the King Billy track to meet some ancient giants. (Approx: 1 1/2 hrs)

Living on the Edge - Explore the edge of Cradle Mountain National Park on a leisurely stroll on the Enchanted Walk. You'll pass through a mosaic of sub alpine vegetation communities, including teatree, buttongrass, eucalypt and rainforest. (Approx: 1 hr)

Marsupials in the Moonlight - Come on a spotlight walk in search of our mainly nocturnal wildlife in their natural habitat. You may encounter wombats, wallabies, possums, bandicoots, sugar gliders, devils and even quolls. (Apporx: 1 hr)

How to be a Naturalist - The study of natural history is a highly rewarding hobby, and new discoveries are still to be made. Find out what lives in the area by identifying animal tracks and scats, as well as bird calls. Come along and see what exciting discoveries you can make.

If it's wet outside there are a number of indoor ranger talks, activities and slide shows we may be able to offer:

Walking on the Overland track - Take a journey further into the interior of the park and get a taste of the adventure of one of Tasmania's most famous walks.

Weindorfer's Legacy - Find out about the history of Waldheim Chalet and Cradle Mountain. What it was like to live here before there were roads when Weindorfer first arrived nearly 100 years ago?

A Day in the life of a Ranger
- What projects are the Rangers working on? What goes on behind the scenes to manage a National Park? Discover the trials of track work, the art of building in extreme environments and what it takes to complete a helicopter rescue mission.

Things you can do 

Walks
– including easy and short to long and overnight 
• Dove Lake Loop Track in the shadow of Cradle Mountain this 2 hour walk goes through the tranquil Ballroom Forest. Look for King Billy, celery top and pencil pines 
• Visitor Centre Rainforest Walk – a 10 min meander through a parch of cool temperate rainforest to see Pencil Pine Falls 
• Weindorfers Forest Walk – this 20 min walk takes you through the “mighty” rainforest, see King Billy pines, celery-top pines and myrtle trees 
• Visitor Centre to Dove Lake – stroll on the picturesque Cradle Valley Boardwalk, 2.5 - 3 hours one way (8.5 km).

Longer walks – choose from 1, 2, 4 hr and full day walks, around the lakes, across the moorlands, up to the top of Cradle Mountain.

History – go inside Waldheim Chalet, the mountain home of Weindorfer, made from King Billy pine. 

Wombats can be seen in the early evening on the button grass plains. 

Discover the amazing range of alpine wildflowers plants. 

Look for evidence of glaciation on Glacier Rock.

You may be lucky to see devils and quolls walk around and sometimes use the roads at night, Ronnie Creek is great for looking for wombats on dusk.