Welcome to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Part of the World Heritage–listed Tasmanian Wilderness, this 1262-sq-km national park incorporates glacier-sculpted mountains, river gorges, lakes, tarns and wild alpine moorland. Though it extends from the Great Western Tiers in the north to Derwent Bridge in the south, its most beloved landscapes and walks – including the start of the world-renowned 65km Overland Track – are around Cradle Mountain. The park encompasses seven of Tasmania's 10 highest mountains, including the tallest, Mt Ossa (1617m), as well as Lake St Clair, the deepest (200m) lake in Australia. Wildlife is also plentiful, including wombats, Bennett's wallabies, pademelons and platypuses. The main tourist hubs are Cradle Valley, a tourist settlement scattered along Cradle Mountain Rd, and smaller Derwent Bridge, near the southern end of Lake St Clair.
Before European settlement, the traditional owners of the Cradle Mountain area were the Big River Aboriginal people, who lived across much of the Central Highlands.