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Visitors to Cradle Mountain in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area will enjoy better access to the park’s stunning environment as a result of upgrades to popular walking tracks which began this week.

Parks and Wildlife Service acting Northwest Region manager, Stuart Lennox said works totaling $491,000 from an Australian Government Jobs Fund project began at Cradle this week and will continue for several months.

“The works are focusing on day walk tracks and include heritage works at Waldheim Chalet,” Mr Lennox said.

“Cradle Mountain is the State’s second most visited national park after Freycinet and the dramatic view of Cradle Mountain from Dove Lake is one of Tasmania’s most powerful tourism drawcards.

“It’s important that these tracks are in a good condition so they provide a safe and enjoyable visitor experience and help to protect the stunning environment which attracts people in the first place.”

Up to six track workers will be involved in the upgrades, with work beginning this week on the popular Dove Lake Circuit, where track maintenance and replacement of handrails will occur.

Mr Lennox said that visitors should be aware that while these works are underway, walkers will not be able to complete the circuit walk of the lake as the track is too narrow to safely allow visitors to pass while works are being undertaken.

“However visitors are able to walk to wherever the works are occurring and then return the same way,” he said.

Other priority areas for track improvements are at Hansons Peak on the eastern side of Dove Lake and on the Cradle Plateau. At Hansons Peak, a 55 metre section of chain and supporting stanchions will be replaced on a very steep section of the track.

On the Cradle Plateau work will concentrate on the section from Marions Lookout to Kitchen Hut.

“This is most environmentally sensitive area of the park. It’s above the treeline and the soils are very thin and subject to erosion. Track workers will remove degraded cordwood and replace this with duckboard,” Mr Lennox said.

On the Face Track below Cradle Mountain, priority erosion works will be undertaken as well as replacement of cordwood with parallel planking. Two foot bridges will be replaced on the Lake Wilks track that links the Dove Lake Circuit with the Face Track.



Cradle Mountain track upgrades under way

Degraded cordwood such as this will be replaced on the Cradle Plateau.