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Part of the World Heritage–listed Tasmanian Wilderness, this 1262-sq-km national park incorporates glacier-sculpted mountain peaks, river gorges, lakes, tarns and wild alpine moorlands stretching all the way from the Great Western Tiers in the north to Derwent Bridge in the south. Many of its most beloved landscapes and walks – including parts of the world-renowned 65km Overland Track stretching from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair – are in the Cradle Mountain area.

The preservation of this region as a national park is due in part to Austrian immigrant Gustav Weindorfer and his wife Kate, who built a chalet out of King Billy pine here in 1912 and called it Waldheim (German for ‘Forest Home’). Today the area around their chalet (which was demolished and rebuilt in 1976) retains the name Waldheim.