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

  • Location: Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park

  • Closest Town: Cethana

  • Distance from CBD: 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.

Hike 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!

About the region

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is located in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania (Australia), 165 kilometres northwest of Hobart. The park contains many walking trails, and is where hikes along the well-known Overland Track usually begin. Major features are Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff in the northern end, Mount Pelion East, Mount Pelion West, Mount Oakleigh and Mount Ossa in the middle and Lake St Clair in the southern end of the park. The park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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.

GPX File

Total distance: 1597 m
Max elevation: 823 m
Min elevation: 802 m
Total climbing: 33 m
Total descent: -33 m
Download file: Enchanted%20Forest%20Walk.gpx


For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania

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