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The Cradle Mountain is a mountain in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania. The mountain is situated in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

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At 1,545 metres above the sea level, it is the fifth highest mountain in Tasmania, and is one of the principal tourist sites in Tasmania, owing to its natural beauty. The Cradle Mountain is composed of dolerite  columns, similar to many of the other mountains in the area.

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The area around the mountain has a large number of day walks, as well as being one terminus of the. Overland Track. The Overland Track winds through a variety of landscapes to its opposite end – 80.8 kilometres (50.2 mi) to the south – at Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.

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The mountain is climbed by tourists virtually year round. It is a strenuous return hike from the Dove Lake car park with a recommended allotted time of 6.5 hours. The climb up the rocky part of the mountain involves scrambling over large boulders for several hundred meters. The entire climb is exposed to any bad weather that may arrive quickly, while climbing the upper slopes in winter can be dangerous due to slick ice on the rocks and heavy snow covering holes and other hazards.

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We had a car what helped a lot to get there. You can buy different passes to enter the Cradle Mountain ( one single entrance or a multiple entrance to all national parks of Tasmania). For us this option was the cheapest one, we entered 3 National Parks 🙂

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Different options

You can do different walks. All depends how much time you have and in how good shape you are. We did 6 km around the Dove Lake. You need to be lucky with weather in Tasmania. It can change rapidly. As you can see on my pictures it was cloudy this day but no rain so pretty good conditions for Tasmania.  If you ever will be in Tasmania this National Park is one from the most beautiful ones.