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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  • Graded as an intermediate walk we thought we would be up for it. We did make it but the climb up was a lot harder than expected. Not much in the way of wildlife but a beautiful walk all the same. Very...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Amazing scenery no matter what angle you look at it. Best to stay at least one night as there are so many different trails, some up to 5 hours long. Keep a lookout for wombats and pademelons!! Found driving our own car into the park more convenient and allowed us to walk at our own pace without worrying about bus timetables.
  • The weather was against us but we had a great time anyway, we did the marions lookout walk and it was really good, with a bit of snow on top! Dove lake, Lilla lake and Wombat pool are stunning! I enjoyed everything, and I've loved all the little wombats that you can see while you're walking!
  • Lovely mountain in Tasmania where we took a hike and stayed overnight. Apart from the scenic view, the wild life both botanical and zoological. The little streams along the trial were super cool. Despite we were tired after a day's walk, we all enjoyed the atmosphere and environment that surrounding us.
  • 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!!
  • Amazing national park, so surprised not too meet any wombats during our 4hours return walk to Marrion lookout, we were lucky with weather as it was sunny but still some snow on top of the peak. Perfect spot to relax and forget your problems!
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