Cradle Mountain needs little introduction, it is a highlight on any Tasmanian touring holiday and the most visited natural attraction in the state. Many venture little further than Dove Lake or the surrounding plateau.

Cradle Mountain Circuit (Two/Three Days):
This walk takes you beyond the mountain on a circuit walk very popular with locals. With good weather, the views are spectacular. All the ranges in the north of the national park and along the Overland Track (including Tasmania’s highest peaks) can be seen from several high points. An optional climb to the Cradle Mt summit is one of the many highlights of this popular tour. We complete a circuit around the mountain, with a night camping at a sheltered site in the lee of the mountain’s southern ramparts.  In the shorter days of spring or autumn, we add a final night based in cabin accommodation near the trailhead so as to best make full use of the second day. Either way, this shorter introduction to Cradle Mt and perhaps an intro to overnight camping is one of the best. It’s suitable for first time walkers, mostly on good tracks and without long walking distances necessary.

Cradle Mountain

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Details and Pricing

Cradle Mountain Circuit

  • Two days walking, one night camping. Easy/Moderate
  • Pick-up: Launceston 7.30am Saturdays
  • Returns early Sunday evenings, (November-March) mid-day Monday (other months)
  • Group size: 2-9
  • All inclusive pricing (inc. local travel, planning, equipment, guides and catering)
  • $745 per person from November to March $825 per person April-October (including cabin accommodation)

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Cradle Mountain Circuit

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Itinerary – Cradle Mountain Circuit

There are many recorded accounts available for the track walks of Tasmania both online and in print. We encourage you to at least do some of your own research and discovery. While not ‘mandatory’ and there are positives in not ‘over-reading’,  you’ll have a better idea of what to expect of the specific walking conditions and context of this visit. You will likely get more from the experience equipped with some insight.

A web search is a good place to start for bushwalking and related information or for a better understanding of this particular walk the following maps and publications provide further information:

Cradle Mountain daywalk Map & Notes  1:25000: Tasmap
Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair & Walls of Jerusalem National Parks – Chapman, Chapman & Siseman


Day One
Distance: 8 km
Estimated Time: 3 hours (+ side walks)

Following outfitting and our drive up to the mountain, we normally arrive at the Dove Lake trail-head late morning and find a spot early in the walk for lunch. We head along the eastern shore of Dove Lake up over Hansons Peak and around the Twisted Lakes. From a track junction near Little Horn (Cradle Mt.) we head south past Artists Pool, through Pine groves and eventually on down to our camp near Lake Rodway.

Day Two
Distance: 13km
Estimated Time: 4 – 5hrs hours (+ side walks)

On day two we set off up onto the Cradle plateau and join the Overland Track near the southern scree ridges of Cradle Mountain near Mt Emmett. Turning north we sidle around the mountain’s craggy slopes, eventually completing a circuit of the mountain in the early afternoon. For those feeling fresh, the chance for an optional side trip to possibly reach the summit is another highlight (weather dependent). It is usually getting late in the day before we arrive back at Dove Lake where the bus awaits our return back to the coast (or to our over-night cabin accommodation outside summer months)


Day Three (Spring /Autumn)

The second night (cabin accommodation) is primarily added to give more chance to climb Cradle Mt, as the day-length gets shorter*  Additionally snow and/or ice can make a late drive back to the coast treacherous. Occasionally roads are closed until cleared mid morning, though we generally depart after breakfast (8/9am) and arrive back in Devonport by 10/11am and Launceston around mid-day.

*We also stay here if we combine Cradle Mountain with our Walls of Jerusalem Walk.