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The Waldheim Chalet at Cradle Mountain is celebrating its centenary.

The chalet has become a tourism icon since Gustav Weindorfer opened it to the community at Christmas time, 1912.

The Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, today launched an exhibition of early photographs and memorabilia.

"Waldheim Chalet was the first tourism venture at Cradle Mountain. And it was arguably Tasmania's first eco-tourism venture," Mr Wightman said.

"A century later, the mountain's become one of Tasmania's most precious tourism sites - attracting 160,000 visitors a year.

"Accommodation businesses now provide more than 700 beds. Along with transport and tour services, they generate millions of dollars for the Tasmanian economy each year.

"Through all that change, Waldheim Chalet's been an enduring symbol of tradition and character in this beautiful location," he said.

Gustav Weindorfer said of Cradle Mountain - "this is a place that should be preserved for all people for all time".

"Weindorfer and Waldheim played a very important part in having Cradle Mountain protected, made accessible, and promoted it as a visitor destination," Mr Wightman said.

"Today, through this exhibition, we honour his vision and passion," he said.

In the past decade, the Tasmanian Government has invested strongly to improve access and services at Cradle Mountain. $25 million has been spent on road improvements, the new sewage treatment plant, in-park services, and the shuttle bus service.

The exhibition's being held by the Parks and Wildlife Service through December and January.

There's also a program of guided walks for visitors to appreciate the chalet and surrounds.

Details are available from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on 6492 1110.