By Jennifer Ennion
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is arguably the jewel of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage area, and undeniably one of Australia's most beautiful national parks. From the jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain to the mirrored waters of Crater Lake, this is a wilderness experience that will stay with you a lifetime.
HOW TO GET THERE
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is located in the middle of the island of Tasmania, and is easily accessible from the island's two main towns, Hobart and Launceston. There are two main access points to the park: the northern entrance, at the town of Sheffield, about 1½ hours from Launceston. The southern entrance is at Derwent Bridge, in Lake St Clair National Park – a 2½ hour drive west of Hobart.
- The view of Dove and Crater lakes from atop Cradle Mountain
- Watching the stars come out from the warmth of a park hut
- Staying at the stylish Pumphouse Point