Enchanted Forest Walk Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 1.6km

  • Duration: 40mins

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre

  • End: Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre

  • Closest Town: Cethana

  • Location: Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 321km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -41.59598

  • Longitude: 145.931085

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Enchanted Forest Walk is a 1.6km, grade 2 Circuit hike located in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 40mins to complete.

Summary

A walk to suit all age groups. For company there’s a cascading river, wombat burrows and magical old-growth rainforest. The walk is located in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park

Highlights

The walk will take you through buttongrass moorland before entering cool temperate rainforest along the edges of Pencil Pine Creek. Along the track are three interpretive tunnels that kids and kids at heart will find fun to crawl through!

Wombat Burrows
Along the western bank of the Pencil Pine Creek you will come across several wombat burrows just on the edge of the track. Wombats do occur in the area, although you are more likely to see them around dusk and dawn. The species occurring in Tasmania, the common wombat, is one of three species found in Australia.

The wombat is the largest burrowing mammal. Wombats often dig their burrows in the areas above creeks and gullies. Burrows can be up to 20 m long and more than 2 m below the ground.

The wombats powerful legs and long, strong claws are used in the excavation of burrows. Wombats are unique among marsupials in having constantly growing upper and lower incisors (front teeth), like a beaver. This allows the wombat to cut through obstructions while burrowing. Being marsupials, female wombats have a pouch that in their case opens backward to prevent dirt and debris entering while burrowing!

Region

The Western Wilderness

Getting there

Road C132. 1 hour from Sheffield; 1.25 hours from Devonport.

Tips

Park entry fees apply.

Picnic and toilet facilities nearby.

Involves one short moderate hill.

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: 1597 m
Max elevation: 822 m
Min elevation: 801 m
Total climbing: 34 m
Total descent: -34 m
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For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania

 

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