Dove Lake, Cradle-Mountain Lake St Clare National Park, Tasmania
Guide to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
- Getting to Cradle Mountain
- When to visit
Tasmania’s majestic mountains make for the perfect wilderness adventure.
Dramatic, serrated peaks, glacial-carved lakes, unique grasslands and ancient rainforest define Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Within the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness Area, Cradle Mountain offers world-class hikes, unique wildlife experiences and a truly profound connection to nature.
The easiest way to get to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is by car. There are two main entrances into the park, one in the north and one in the south. The northern entrance is a 2.5-hour drive from Launceston, and the southern entrance is a 2.5-hour drive from Hobart. There is no direct link to connect the northern and southern entrances.
- A shuttle bus runs within the park and private vehicles are not permitted to enter during shuttle operating times (8am to 6pm during summer and 9am to 5pm during winter)
- Visitors are encouraged to park at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
There are also several guided tours that will give you an expert’s experience of the park.
Weather near Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park can be somewhat unpredictable. However, you can typically bet on mild summer temperatures and a blanket of snow in the winter. Summer and autumn are great for exploring the hiking trails. There are several access roads into Cradle Mountain and some can see closures during winter, so be sure to check ahead before driving.
- High season: Late spring to early autumn (November to March)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: A chance to see the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis), most common during winter