Explore Cradle Mountain
There is a wealth of things to do at Cradle Mountain. You can explore the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, join a local tour, enjoy one of the Chateau’s guest activities or sample the region’s fine food and wine—all within easy reach of Cradle Mountain Chateau.
Go hiking in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and experience some of Tasmania’s most spectacular scenery. Take the walking tracks to Dove Lake, Marion's Lookout, Crater Lake Circuit or the Enchanted Walk, or challenge yourself on a bushwalk to Cradle Mountain’s summit.
Visit The Wilderness Gallery, adjacent to Cradle Mountain Chateau, to see Australia’s finest collection of nature and landscape photography. Make sure to see the Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition—a joint venture of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Cradle Mountain Chateau—to gain an insight into this fascinating creature.
A range of tours is available within the Cradle Valley area—join a horseback trail ride, take a scenic helicopter flight over the peaks of the World Heritage Area, or discover the local nightlife on a twilight wildlife watching tour.
Cradle Mountain Chateau offers a range of activities and things to do for you to enjoy at your leisure. Visit The Wilderness Gallery to see wonderful landscape photography and see the fascinating Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition. Take time to browse in the gallery shop and libraries, indulge your palate in the Chateau’s restaurants—The Grey Gum and Quoll’s—and relax by the cosy log fire in Brushtail’s Bar.
Explore Cradle Mountain at your own pace on one of the park’s many bushwalking and hiking trails or join one of Cradle Mountain Chateau’s recommended tours and experiences. Spend a morning or afternoon on a guided tour of Cradle Mountain National Park, or experience Cradle after dark on a twilight wildlife experience.
Night with the Animals (endorsed experience)
Join a Night with the Animals to encounter Cradle Mountain’s nocturnal wildlife from the comfort of a custom 4WD coach.
Your guides will offer you the opportunity to learn about and encounter Tasmania’s endemic wildlife in its natural habitat, including wombats, Bennett’s wallabies, pademelons and the elusive, iconic Tasmanian devil.
Departure: Tour departs from the Transit Terminal at dusk, however, pickup from Cradle Mountain Chateau can be arranged by calling McDermott's Coaches on (03) 6330 3717.
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Adult $25.00, Children $12.50 (under 5 yrs are free)
Please note: Prices do not include your National Parks Pass fee.
Park Explorer Tour (endorsed experience)
Join the Cradle Park Explorer for a guided experience of some of Cradle Mountain’s highlights. Escorted by friendly and knowledgeable guides, you’ll visit Dove Lake where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and encounter endemic flora and fauna including button grass plains, temperate rainforest and stately, centuries old King Billy pines. You’ll visit Waldheim to hear the story of pioneering early settlers, Gustav and Kate Weindorfer and take a short walk through the nearby forest.
Departure: The Park Explorer Tour departs the Transit Terminal at 10.30am and 1.00pm. Pickup from Cradle Mountain Chateau can also be arranged by calling McDermott's Coaches on (03) 6330 3717.
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: Adults $15.00, Children $10.00 (under 7 yrs free)
Please note: Prices do not include your National Parks Pass fee.
A huge choice of attractions, tours and activities is available at Cradle Mountain. Our Chateau staff can recommend a range of wilderness and wildlife tours that will stay in your memory long after you've left the wilderness behind.
You can encounter native Tasmanian animals in their natural habitat on an evening wildlife tour. See Tasmanian devils at close range at Devils@Cradle or join a guided walk in the Cradle Mountain National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, board a scenic helicopter flight, join a quad bike or horse riding tour or discover the wilderness in a whole new way on a canyoning experience.
Cradle Mountain Chateau staff can arrange bookings for guests with local Cradle Mountain attractions including:
A world-class wildlife conservation facility at Cradle Mountain offering guided wildlife tours, including Tasmanian devil feeding.
Cradle Park Explorer
Join McDermott’s Coaches on a guided coach tour of some of the highlights of Cradle Mountain National Park, including Dove Lake and Waldheim Chalet.
Cradle Mountain Helicopters
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience of Cradle Mountain National Park with Cradle Mountain Helicopters.
Cradle Mountain Canyons
Explore the remote, hidden corners of the Cradle Mountain area on a canyoning adventure with Cradle Mountain Canyons.
Cradle Mountain Horse Riding
Explore the heart of Cradle country from the saddle on a guided horseback tour with Cradle Mountain Horse Riding.
Cradle Mountain Quad Bikes
Take a four-wheel drive motorbike adventure on the edge of the World Heritage wilderness with Cradle Mountain quad bikes.
The Cradle Mountain National Park is a paradise for bushwalking and hiking. Follow the numerous walking tracks to explore a landscape etched with rugged mountains, crystal clear streams, verdant forests and ice-carved valleys. This is the starting point for the iconic Overland Track, which weaves 65 kilometres through World Heritage wilderness between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair.
You can explore Cradle Mountain’s spectacular environment on a range of short, half or full day walks, from easy strolls on lakeside trails to challenging mountain tracks.
Dove Lake Loop Track
A great introduction to the park, this two-hour walk leaves from the Dove Lake car park and circles the lake on a well-formed track. Walk beneath the craggy slopes of Cradle Mountain, through the exquisite Ballroom Forest and return along the western shore of the lake to your starting point.
Pencil Pine Falls and Rainforest Walk
This 20-minute boardwalk circuit begins just behind the Rangers’ Station and Interpretation Centre and leads you through a patch of cool temperate rainforest to the beautiful Pencil Pine Falls. This easy track is suitable for wheelchairs.
Weindorfer Forest Walk
Leaving from Waldheim Chalet, this delightful 20-minute walk leads through a forest of King Billy pines, celery-top pines and myrtles. Visit Waldheim Chalet to gain an insight into the Weindorfers’ pioneering efforts to preserve this area as a national park.
Take this easy 30-minute walk from the bridge near the park entrance to see chattering waterfalls, tranquil pools, lush moorland and rainforest.
You can take more time to explore the wilderness at Cradle Mountain on a number of half or full day walks. Check with staff at the Visitors’ Centre for information on some of the park’s longer and more challenging walks, including the steep but rewarding 2.5 hour climb to Marion’s Lookout, and for experienced walkers, the full day ascent to the summit of Cradle Mountain.
Maps and National Parks Passes
Day walk maps and National Parks Passes are available from the Cradle Mountain Visitors’ Centre and Transit Terminal, located a short distance from Cradle Mountain Chateau, two kilometres before the park’s entrance.
Shuttle bus service
A free shuttle service operates regularly between the Cradle Mountain Visitors’ Centre and the Dove Lake car park. Check with Chateau staff or at the Visitors’ Centre for departure times.
Cradle Mountain Rangers’ Station and Interpretation Centre
The Cradle Mountain Rangers’ Station and Interpretation Centre is located just inside the park entrance and is open daily from 9.30am until 4.00pm. Parks and Wildlife staff can provide advice on walking within the park, and the centre also includes interpretive displays, an art gallery, and a warming log fire.
NOTE: A National Parks Pass is required for entry into the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
The Cradle Mountain region hosts a vibrant calendar of events throughout the year. Stay at Cradle Mountain Chateau to experience the best of the region’s sporting, arts, cultural and wilderness events.
Each year, the township of Sheffield is transformed into a living artists’ studio. The International Mural Fest is an annual art competition in which nine artists engage in a public mural ‘paint off’. Over six and a half days, each artist must complete a 4800mm x 2100mm mural, each using the same poem as the inspiration and theme for their work. All murals remain on display in Mural Park until the next Mural Fest. Sheffield is widely known for its streetscapes of large-scale murals with more than 60 artworks adorning the town’s buildings.
The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival
This biennial, three-day contemporary cultural festival centres on the mining settlement of Queenstown in Tasmania’s rugged west. The festival draws together an eclectic program of visual and performing arts and cultural events that showcase the unique community, heritage and culture of this fascinating and resilient west coast town.
The Hydro Tasmania Tullah Challenge is an annual triathlon event through the rugged landscape of Tasmania’s west coast. The race includes a 4.5 kilometre paddling leg on Lake Tullah, a 29 kilometre road bike leg and a 7.5 kilometre run through the rainforest and along the shore of Lake Tullah.
The Turning of the Fagus
Every autumn, the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is painted red and gold with the turning of Tasmania’s endemic deciduous beech, the fagus (Nothofagus gunnii). This striking natural event draws bushwalkers and photographers from all over the world to witness a phenomenon that is only seen in Tasmania.