Travel Destination Cradle Mountain
Wilderness Day Walks, Up Close to Wildlife, Great Natural Beauty, Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Start of the Overland Track Walk
Travel Destination Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s most popular tourist destination. It is visited by over 300,000 visitors a year, so be prepared for crowds. On a clear day, the scenery is spectacular. It is at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, but be aware that you cannot get to Lake St Clair by a direct road from Cradle Mountain. Dove Lake is at the foot of the Mountain. The Visitor Centre and car park is 2 Km (1.2 Mi) from the park entrance, and a shuttle takes visitors to Dove Lake and the start of many walks. Walks range from the 20 minute Enchanted Walk to the 6 day Overland Track to Lake St Clair. Full information on the Day Walks around Dove Lake and the 6.5 hour walk to the summit of Cradle Mountain is available from the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is excellent, both in the information available, and in its gift shop.
Here is the story on the weather at Cradle Mountain: Since it is on an elevated plateau and there is nothing to stop weather changes roaring in from the Great southern Ocean to the west, the weather can change with frightening speed on any day. Check with the Visitors Centre for weather expectations while you are there. Of the 365 days in the year, you can expect 294 to be cloudy, leaving 71 days likely to be clear. On 54 days a year you can expect snow (winter mainly), and it can rain for at least a part of the day on 275 days. Be prepared to see Travel Destination Cradle Mountain in any weather on any day. Rainfall averages 168mm (74″) a year, with twice as much rain (snow) in winter when compared to summer. Average summer temperatures are a high of 19 C (66 F) and overnight low of 6 C (43 F). In winter you can expect average highs of 7 C (45 F) in the day and lows of 0 C (32 F) overnight. Pack a windproof, showerproof jacket and warm clothes.
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