Cradle Mountain
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  • Southborolass
    Sydney, Australia393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for everyone.
    This time we stayed two nights. So many different walk options. First day we did a series of short walks: rainforest; enchanted walk; Waldheim and Weindorfer walks. The shuttle bus service from the visitor centre makes this so easy. Second day Cradle Valley Boardwalk from the rangers station and King Billy walk. Lots of accommodation options. We had a cabin at Discovery Park.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Pam B
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    We really enjoyed our visit to cradle Mountain. The shuttle bus is a fantastic way to get around, and shuttles run really frequently, so you never have to wait long. The wombat walk is a highlight and the view of cradle Mountain at the boat shed is amazing. So much to see and do in there all for the price of a parks pass, bargain.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Kylie H
    Mansfield Park, Australia78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Cradle
    The Cradle Mountain National Park is exceptionally well run. The lady at the counter gave great advice when we told her how long we had and our vague plans for the day. We followed her advice to the letter. The shuttle buses were great to get between walks. We were lucky to have blue skies and to see Cradle with snow still on the mountains. My favourite walk was Waldheim, seeing the wombats and the chalet and doing the Weindorfers rainforest walk. My friend loved the Ballroom on the lake circuit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Sacha P
    Melbourne, Australia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Tassie highlight
    Seeing Cradle Mountain is definitely a highlight on any trip to Tasmania. The new visitor centre is well sign posted and the operation of the shuttle buses, location of the walks, etc are all very well signposted and explained. Fantastic bus drivers that will stop to point out any local wildlife they stop. Fantastic scenery and a range of walks for all abilities at the various stops from the visitor centre. Not to be missed!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2023
  • Mutiny
    Sydney, Australia2,645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One tip - you can drive or Dove Lake and Ronny Creek after the buses stop
    There is nothing I can add to all the amazing descriptions of this iconic landscape and National Park that hasn’t been written before. But one thing we learned is that after 6:00pm or 6:30pm (depending on the season), when the buses stop running and the hordes have departed, you can drive your personal car into both Ronny Creek and Dove Lake parking lots. There you will find peace and quiet, uninterrupted views and wildlife peacefully grazing on their favourite foods. It was rather cold when we were there in December and maybe that kept the numbers down, but we literally saw only 1 other car and about 5-6 other people during our time leading up to sunset in the most popular places in the National Park. Just remember to keep below the 40km/h speed limit as wildlife regularly appears on or near the road.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Aussie_2012
    Melbourne, Australia896 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular mountainous region in Tasmania
    Cradle Mountain is a spectacular mountainous region in Tasmania easily accessible by car. Park at the Visitor Centre (remembering to have purchased a National Park Pass). There is a ton of parking however this is a very popular place so expect big crowds especially during peak season. The Visitor Centre is very well serviced with information areas and cafe. To get to any of the sights you have to buy a shuttle pass. Shuttles themselves come every 6 minutes so don't feel you are going to be waiting long however sometimes they are full but drivers notify shuttles behind to let them know that people are waiting to be picked up. Dress for all seasons - weather in the mountains can change very dramatically and fast. We were wearing t-shirts at one point then only an hour later we were having to put on fleeces and warm trousers as the temperature dropped 10 degrees and heavy cloud rolled in.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Rose S
    Summit, New Jersey204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Wombats were so cute !
    Well organized with the buses . They ran every 10 -15 min . Plenty of toilets in the beginning and a coffee shop at the entrance . In one area of the park we were lucky to see the wombats and one of them came very close and not at all afraid . The whole day was a lovely experience . Not too many people the day we were there since it was not a school holiday . Nice walks and beautiful landscape
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
  • PL L
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of this, a bit of that.
    From mountains to wombats to the beautiful murals of Sheffield, our Tassie Tours guide, Jodi, did an excellent job of explaining the details. Love the murals painted on the buildings in Sheffield. Good choice going on a private tour.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 22, 2024
  • Fiona G
    Adelaide, Australia341 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over hyped, overpriced and over rated
    The views at Cradle mountain are good, however I have seen many comparable that don't have the crowds and are a much cheaper experience. If you are a hard core hiker then Cradle mountain has a lot to offer. The summit walk is grade 5 8 hour hike and the overland trail is a 6 day hike that starts from Cradle mountain. We did the dove Lake circuit. Nice but very crowded. They use shuttle buses to get you to the start of trails. We were all packed in like sardines. We only did one walk due to how crowded the buses were. You can stay at onsight accommodation but be prepared to fork out about $500 for the night. It's a good example of how something is lost when it becomes a hyped up commercial enterprise
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2024
  • CRMimages
    Sydney, Australia54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    2 Day Solo
    Took a 2 day sole trip yo Cradle Mountain - Day 1 was to complete a couple of the smaller walks and grab some images. Glacier Rock, Dove Lake Boatshed, Lake Lila, Wombat Pool, Crater Lake then back to the Ronny Creek pick up stop. Plenty of Wombats along the last part of the trip. Day 2 was an early start, aim was to get to Marion's Lookout / Kitchen Hut then decide on the rest. Went up the Marion Lookout trail which is straight up the mountain. Nice rest at top. Once I hit the Kitchen Hut i gave myself 1 hour each way to the top of Cradle Mountain. While I did not make it to the true peak I made it to the top. The view on a clear day is stunning. Funny thing is the trip down as harder then the trip up. also the last bus leaves at 4pm and I would not fancy the 7km back to the car park.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 10, 2024
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Dilini J
Queensland, Australia118 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Visited in January but in the rain and very cloudy weather. Not the best experience and quite gloomy and grey. Still a lot of construction and rebuilding going on at the visitor centre and different information is passed on at different entry points. Best is to check the weather and look for any new updates beforehand. If the weather gives the signs not to explore the nature, best is to read it and respond accordingly. The following day should be good. Car parks in the national park are not accessible during the day (between 8.00 am - 7.30pm in summer) as per visitor information centre although the Tasmanian government site states different times. Road signs also give quite different information about travel and light vehicles. In terms of entry passes to national parks, it is worth getting AUD 60/- all national parks vehicle pass which permits up to 8 people seated in one vehicle from Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services online. Then on the day of travel to Cradle Mountain, shuttle bus passes are required from the visitor centre. Once you obtain the vehicle pass there is no payment required for the shuttle bus pass. If not an individual entry ticket costs about AUD 16/- or so per person per one national park. If planning to get to the park very early before 8.00 am the car can be driven to the car parks at Rangers Station, Ronny Creek and Dove Lake. These pics were at the time of our travel, however they could be changed anytime.
Written January 14, 2020
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Chris W
Budapest, Hungary542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A great national park with plenty of walks for every type of fitness level. Some paths are in need of repair, however don't let that put you off. If you don't have a national park pass, you need to buy a bus ticket to Dove Lake for $16pp
Written January 5, 2020
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Jeremiah L
Melbourne, Australia102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
My last visit to this beautiful place was 13+ years ago and boy have things changed. You can no longer drive right into the carparks (a special permit or tour operator permit is needed). Instead, shuttle buses now take you to the attractions across 5 bus stops. Buses are very frequent, usually just under 10 minutes. All you have to do is to park at the massive carpark at the beautiful visitor centre/

To access this World Heritage Site as well as to have unlimited shuttle bus rides, you need to pay for your $40 day pass/car - giving you entry for up to 6 pax. (pro tip: buy the 2 month pass for $80 if you plan to head down to Freycinet National Park later in your trip). The money you pay is going towards park conservation as well as supporting the massive construction works that are happening. I expect in another 13 years time, things will change again!

On the trip I travelled as a family unit of 4 with an infant and toddler in tow (how different from 13 years ago as a university student!). We took the shuttle bus to the last stop (Dove Lake) and we used a pram for our infant. I'd recommend only the Dove Lake Circuit if you have little ones. My 4-year-old was able to climb up to the Glacier Point lookout while mum and bub stayed with the pram along the circuit. After the circuit trail, we considered stopping at Ranger station for the 10 minute forest walk but the kids were too tired by the time. Heading back to the Visitor centre, we found the cafe to be surprisingly well stocked with hot food options and not ridiculously priced for such a remote location. Overall it was a pretty enjoyable experience despite only spending 2.5 hours there!
Written January 5, 2022
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia2,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Really is worth the gouging prices to stay inside the park especially if you want to do a few walks. The drive out here is long and tricky with winding roads and narrow one way sections.

Do dove lake as a must, but if you have a reasonable level of fitness you should try the Marion lookout and cradle summit. If you're a trekker then you can go for the Overland track up past Marion's to the cradle summit then across face track to over Hanson's peak in the onye day (7-9h depending on fitness and stops).

We managed to get all the listed walks done, highlights were dove lake, cradle summit (requires some rock climbing and scrambling), dove canyon (scrambling too), enchanted walk and the snake track.

Go straight to the visitor centre to get your pass and bus ticket. Lots of people caught out trying to drive down to the main carparks to get onto a trail only to be sent back up.
Written January 11, 2021
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Gdt761
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The Dove Lake wall was very enjoyable but that’s where it ended. When we ended our walk we went to the cafe for a snack and drink. My overseas friends were absolutely appalled at the size of the tiny cafe and massive cue of tourists trying to get in. No vacant tables, limited to no food available and total mayhem with people not understanding the process. With all the money being spent on upgrades this cafe should be have been built sooo much bigger and planners should be embarrassed. The car park is being extended to cope with increased tourism but catering facilities are being left behind. Stop fleecing people of their hard earned money and start giving better services.
Written February 12, 2020
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rebmarchpa
Newtown, PA21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had been enjoying the long daylight hours during our visit to Tasmania so we were not concerned when we arrived at the Cradle Mountain visitor Center at 4pm. We thought this gave us plenty of time to do one of the longer 2-3 hour hikes before it got dark at 9pm only to be informed that the last shuttle would depart from Dove Lake at 6pm! The lady in the visitors center advised us that if we missed the shuttle it would be a 6km walk back. Having driven a long way to get there we decided to risk it. We did the Crater Lake circuit (3hrs), which also put us closer to the visitors center for our walk back. The Crater Lake circuit was beautiful, although there were times when I thought I would be blown off the track. Essential items when hiking in Tasmania- waterproof hiking boots and a good raincoat! The weather is very changeable, you may be miserable if attempting these long hikes without them. Many of the trails that we did were covered in water from recent rains, not a problem with waterproof boots! Having missed the shuttle we walked back to our car, it took 2 hours from Ronny Creek and btw- it’s actually 8kms. The boardwalk back is a very pleasant walk as well, I would have liked to have done it on a different day when I hadn’t just completed a 3 hr hike. Apparently after 6pm the park is open to cars so my advice if arriving late to the park in summer is to wait until 6pm and drive in, this way you will have time to do the Dove Lake Circuit (which took us 2 hours) and won’t have to worry about the last shuttle. Everywhere I went I heard people expressing surprise over the timing of the last shuttles, there’s probably a reason they do it this way but in my opinion it is poorly thought out since I’m sure there are many arriving at the park later in the day that would like to take advantage of the longer summer hours.
Written February 4, 2020
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littlesausages
Melton, Australia55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Although we aren't hikers and it was a cloudy day with some showers this was a highlight of our trip. We found the two short walks at dove lake and the enchanted walk was enough for us. The shuttle bus was so organised and the drivers courteous, informative and entertaining
Written January 24, 2020
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Glad that we took the advice of the Visitor Information Centre in Hobart and purchased the Seniors Annual Park Pass, it gave us access to the Park and the shuttle service. We enjoyed the drive from Waratah to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and then the scenery from the shuttle bus and again at each stopping point.
I commented to my wife that its a place that we should have visited 20 years ago in order to spend time and enjoy the walking trails and the varied scenery and lake systems. What we did see was some wonderful ecology, moorland that was very similar in appearance to that seen in Ireland & Scotland, trees covered in moss and crystal clear streams. Wonderful location and a place were we could easily spend time and feel as one with nature.
Written May 20, 2022
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Russell
Melbourne, Australia783 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My wife and I visited Cradle Mountain on a wet, cold and dreary May day. Unfortunately, we were locked into visiting it this day or not at all. It would have been a much better day if it was not so wet, so my advise is to try and pick your visit to coincide with nice weather.

You have to park at the information centre and then catch a bus up to the lake, do your walk, then catch the bus back to the information centre. They run quite frequently, so there is not too long a wait.

It is very well organised the cost of the bus shuttle is included in your park entry fee.

Well worth visiting.

Written May 22, 2022
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MarithaBrisbane
Brisbane, Australia78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
From the visitor centre, to shuttle service between tracks and the little cafe onsite, this was an amazing experience. We saw lots of wildlife and absolutely loved the boardwalks.
Ample parking at visitor centre, incuded in park pass.
We purchased a one year all park pass for Tassie, which was great value, as we also visited other parks.
Written March 5, 2021
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