Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

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Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is located in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania (Australia), 165 km 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.AccessAccess from the south is usually from Derwent Bridge on the Lyell Highway. Northern access is usually via Sheffield, Wilmot or Mole Creek. A less frequently used entrance is via the Arm River Track, from the east.Usage feeIn 2005, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service introduced a booking system and fee for use of the Overland Track over peak periods. Initially the fee was $100, but this was raised to $150 in 2007, and as at August 2011 is $180. The money that is collected is used to finance the park ranger organisation, track maintenance, building of new facilities and rental of helicopter transport to remove waste from the toilets at the huts in the park.
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  • Walked into Shadow Lake on Friday afternoon carrying packs. The climb is hard in that it is all up hill on the way in. The camping ground at Shadow Lake is well set out and the water at Shadow Lake is...  more »
  • We lucked it with 2 cloud free days at lake saint Clare. On day 2 we did the Shadow lake walk clockwise having decided mid point not to do Mt Rufus. It’s a tough walk with many places only a foot hold...  more »
  • Very good circuit (Platypus bay and breaks we were 5 h approx. on the road) and super views. Would recommend to all cases drinking enough and to take a sweater. The environment changes according to altitude (from Rocky to beautiful forest path to "Marsh"). Easy to run. Most distressing to found the first meters until the turnoff to Mount St Rufus. I would recommend also at the tourist center in the book for the day trips to (just in case).
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  • Beautiful scenery, simply stunning! Thankfully the tourist industry has this place relatively well controlled, otherwise I could see it being overrun and destroyed by people who simply don't care about anything but themselves. The information centre is the best place to get the good oil on what's around. This place is definitely a must see!!
  • So so so beautiful! Lots of tracks which are mostly well maintained (lots of boardwalks), and sign posted. I did horse track>cradle mountain summit>Marion's lookout>ronnys creek in about 6.5 hours then got the shuttle bus back to the visitors centre.
  • I wish there were less bush fire prevention burn offs. The area is unique and beautiful, but at least half the time I could smell wood smoke. The particulate pollution was probably worse than in Sydney on a bad pollution day. Smoke haze spoilt a lot of awesome photos I could have otherwise taken.
  • Beautiful place and maintained amenities, if driving need to feel confident on small winding roads and managing traffic in both directions in wet conditions
  • This is an iconic place to visit. My 3rd visit here and it is different everytime. New picnic tables are being installed. There are toilets and the walk registration here as well. There are day walks from this point which can be of varying degrees of length and time. We took the Marion look out circuit which was arduous but not unachievable for a relatively unfit person. This is the end of the shuttle bus run. Buses leave here very regular from the visitor centre and its a great service particularly if your walk finishes at another bus stop.
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