Cradle Mountain Summit Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 12.5km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Dove Lake Car Park

  • End: Dove Lake Car Park

  • Closest Town: Cethana

  • Location: Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 328km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -41.650357

  • Longitude: 145.961384

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

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Steep Road

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Vehicle Ford

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Entry Fee

Ample Parking

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Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

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Trail Features

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Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

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Cradle Mountain Summit is a 12.5km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.

Summary

The main track to Cradle Mountain summit leaves from Dove Lake and goes via Lake Lilla and Marions Lookout. However, walkers have a choice of several tracks and can choose to walk a different track on their return trip. Time of day, weather conditions and fitness of party should be kept in mind when choosing tracks for the trip. If in doubt, check with staff at the visitor centre. The walk is located in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

Highlights

Once on the Cradle Plateau you will be walking among Tasmania’s unique alpine vegetation. The climb up to the summit will take you through a jumble of magnificent dolerite scree and columner towers. Needless to say, the view from the top is superb!

Region

The Western Wilderness

Getting there

Road C132. 1 hour from Sheffield; 1.25 hours from Devonport. Bus shuttle operates to Dove Lake.

Tips

Park entry fees apply.

Toilets at Dove Lake and visitor centre. Picnic tables at Ronny Creek.

600m climb; walk includes crossing large rocks. Track starts at 900m and climbs to 1545m.

Supervise children, waters in lake, severe weather conditions all year round, weather may change quickly, tracks are difficult to navigate when covered in snow and may be impassable.

No pets, firearms or bicycles.

 

Total distance: 12534 m
Max elevation: 1511 m
Min elevation: 932 m
Total climbing: 884 m
Total descent: -884 m
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For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania