Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park: Address, Phone Number, Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre Reviews: 4/5

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia1,800 contributions
Poor information
Sep 2021
The new centre is very nice looking and we like the shop - lots of well priced wombats stuff. But... the rangers on the main desk are a bit odd. We asked for some local advice on what would be possibly open or not due to the snow. Oh just wait until tomorrow... Yep but what do you think - and typically will buses run? No answer! Really strange and we are locals with a 2 year parks pass.

The next morning, kind of the same. Some vague idea that buses might run at 2pm (this was 9am!).

We ended up walking all the way to Dove Lake. A few people we saw at the lake asked if we knew anything about buses. Here is a suggestion - one of the many PWS staff could print off a simple A4 sign saying "NO BUSES TODAY" and stick it on all the walker registration huts. You have 4WD vehicles and were driving them around.

I love Cradle Mountain and we loved the snow. But not happy with PWS staff... you should be the ambassadors for our state.
Written September 27, 2021
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EJ3
23 contributions
Very informative visitor centre
Jun 2021
I love an information centre and this one is huge with so much information and knowledgeable, helpful staff. There is also a gift shop and cafe.
Written July 5, 2021
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Siandra W
Coffs Harbour, Australia391 contributions
Impressive Info centre
Jun 2021 • Couples
A very well set up Info Service, lots of toilets and fairly clean, a cafe and take away service with very friendly staff, thorough information given and wonderful native gardens with heaps of parking.
Written June 3, 2021
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,502 contributions
A bit forced
Mar 2021
They don't permit you to drive to Dove Lake anymore (yet there were some vans there ?)

Instead, you have to go here to get a bus ticket to be driven into the Dove Lake area.

Whilst it works, it reaks of revenue raising
Written May 23, 2021
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Harplo
Sydney, Australia214 contributions
Information booth
Apr 2021
Pretty standard information booth. There is a bus stop where the bus will take you into the national park.
Written April 19, 2021
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Mike&Anne
19 contributions
What the?
Mar 2021
We've been to Cradle Mtn NP numerous times over the years. What a disappointment it now is. It is no longer possible to drive yourself to Dove Lake during prime day light hours and a bus ride from the visitor centre is necessary. In saying that, the information on arrival is poor and assumes visitors know the new rules (we didn't). We couldn't even locate any signage that explains the new arrangements, other than signage to shuttle buses (we presumed they were optional, but no). We're not stupid, but like to understand what arrangements apply and why. Upon arrival at the visitor centre, there was a lengthy queue. If we stood long enough, we were able to read the snippets of information (before the next screen appeared) that displayed on the tv screen above the heads of the staff, rather than being positioned where they were easily read. A static board explaining the process at the entrance would serve visitors better. The queue was lengthy and given it was overcast and drizzly, we gave it a miss on the basis we've visited here before and a bus ride didn't appeal. A waste of time driving up here and staying nearby. What was once a beautiful part of Tassie now appears commercialised and bureaucracy at its best. Perhaps they're trying to protect the park from visitors, or visitors from the park, but it's not clear to us.
Written April 5, 2021
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Sarah_nz31
Leichhardt, Australia219 contributions
Sub-standard food oprions
Apr 2021 • Friends
The visitor’s centre itself is nice, with clean toilet facilities and a shop where you can purchase additional clothing items (at a price). The food options, or lack thereof, let this place down. The cafe was under-staffed, with over-priced and limited food options which run out by lunch/early afternoon. I would recommend grabbing a bite at the Pepper’s Lodge, which is warm.
Written April 1, 2021
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jasminecat
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
Great new visitors centre - very impressive
Mar 2021
We had breakfast there before heading off on the Dove Lake Walk. Very organized and modern. Souvenir shop had a lot of walking gear to buy and well-priced souvenirs. Staff at the centre are very helpful.
Written April 1, 2021
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Krazz
Melbourne, Australia132 contributions
Perfect location for its purposes
Apr 2021 • Couples
This centre has ample car parking along with facilities to purchase parks passes, book tours and cafe for food and drinks. Toilets also on site. The shuttle buses begin here to the various stops leading to Dove Lake. Clean, frequent and easy to use. Friendly service and you can't get lost!
Written April 1, 2021
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maryan5456
Sydney, Australia113 contributions
Very Helpful Staff
Mar 2021 • Couples
We were greeted by a very friendly staff member called “Penny” who could not have been more helpful. She was proactive in asking us if we had a Seniors Card, so that we were entitled to a discount in the National Park. She took time to explain the walks to take and what would be appropriate for our age group. The building and location of the visitor centre is modern and very well laid out. We are looking forward to returning within the year so that we can use our pass for the National Park in Cradle Mountain and all other National Parks in Tasmania.
Written March 25, 2021
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