The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is quite the adventurous walk through parts of the Overland Track in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. You can choose a 6 day or 4 day walking itinerary. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is through rugged and remote terrain, so it is especially important to heed the supply list and come prepared. If you are travelling in winter, the temperatures can get quite cold and snow could be expected. Be sure to check with your walking guide and check the weather forecast so you can be prepared for all the elements of your walking adventure. It is also important to remember that you are a guest in nature and much of this land is a protected national park and also part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.

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Cradle Mountain behind Dove Lake Photo Credit (Wikipedia) By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/galleries.html, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6496154

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The Pelion Range Panorama from Mount Oakleigh, Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8965089

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Overland Track Hiking Tips Graphic Photo Credit: Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/

Hiring a Car in Tasmania

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Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park Panorama Photo Credit: DiscoverTasmania.com.au

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The Overland Track Walk Map Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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Tasmania Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

There are three locations in Tasmania where you can hire a vehicle for your Tasmanian adventure holiday. The closest ones to hire a car to get to the Overland Track or Cradle Mountain Lake – Saint Clair National Park are in Davenport  or Launceston. Both cities have airports so if you have flown into Tasmania or taken the ferry over from the Australian mainland, you still can have a means of getting around on your own while on the island state of Tasmania. Launceston is located in the north of Tasmania where you can rent a car at the Launceston Airport, or hire a vehicle in the city of Launceston location. Cradle Mountain is about a 2 ½ hour drive from Launceston. The coastal city of Devonport is another location where you can hire a car in Tasmania at the Devonport Airport  or rent a vehicle in the city of Devonport. Cradle Mountain is about a 1 ½ hour drive from Devonport. When you do hire a vehicle in Tasmania, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of the Tasmanian landscape is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle, proper maps, and driving instructions. Click the links above a see our site to get a rate quote and see what great rates Budget has available for you.

While in Tasmania see things to do from our previous travel tips blogs about different things to do in Tasmania:

Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip

Discover Nature, Beauty and Adventure in Tasmania’s Tasman National Park

Up for a Hike? Try the Overland Track in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Australia and Tasmania

Tasmania’s Touring Route Launceston to Bridport

Things to Do in Hobart Tasmania

The River Run Road Trip Across Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

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Mole Creek Karst National Park in Tasmania

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Hobart Tasmania

5 Places to Visit in Tasmania

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Itinerary

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Cradle Huts Inviting Panorama Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Private Hut Along the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Private Hut Dining Along the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is a great holiday adventure. You can choose from a 6 night or shorter, easier 4 night itinerary. In addition to that, while in the region you can explore more on your own and see the other parts of the Overland Track not covered in the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk. There are short walks and day walks available in addition to other overnight walks. There is so much untouched and remote wilderness here, who knows what you will discover! Get in touch with nature and probably, most importantly you will discover more about yourself in the process. The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk includes nightly private hut accommodations along the trail, hot showers and hearty meals. Here is the 6 day itinerary for the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk from Cradle Valley to Lake St Clair. The scenery along the way is nothing short of magnificent and breathtaking. Also, be on the lookout for plenty of wildlife you will encounter including spectacular bird watching opportunities.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day One – Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day One Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day One Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

Day One of the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk from Waldheim to Barn Bluff is 12 km long and 7 hours of walking. After arriving at the walkers’ base at Quamby Estate, a gear check, and introductions, it’s time to set off on the walk from Waldheim in Cradle Valley. The day’s walk includes ancient temperate rainforest, Crater Lake (carved by a glacier), the steepest section of the track, views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, lunch at Plateau Creek,  and Waterfall Valley.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Two – Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Two Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

Day Two of the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk from Barn Bluff to Pine Forest Moor Hut is 12 km long and 6 hours of walking. The walk today doesn’t have any large hills, but does include walking through muddy Pine Forest Moor, glacial plains of button grass, and ancient pencil pines. You can opt for a side trip to Lake Will.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Three – Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Three Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Three Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

Day three of the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is 10 kms and the walking time is about 5 hours long. The walk includes the long, slow descent to the base of Mt Pelion West, the Forth River, Frog Flats, the Pelion Plains. This area offers different side trip choices: swimming holes, abandoned copper mines, or other peaceful places to explore.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Four – Pelion Plains Hut to Kia Ora Hut

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Four Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

Day four of the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is a 7 km walk and takes about 3 ½ hours with an option for a 5 hour side trip to Mt Ossa. The day starts out with an ascent of Pelion Gap with spectacular panoramic views from the top. Then the rest of the walk is more relaxing with a gentle downhill descent to the hut.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Five – Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Five Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Five Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

Day five of the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is a 9 km walk which takes about 4 hours. Today is filled with the magical waterfalls and forests of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. The walk includes passing Du Cane Hut and its native gardens, King Billy pines (some of which are 2000 years old), the Mersey River, and three sets of waterfalls.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Six – Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Six Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

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Cradle Mountain Huts Walk Day Six Map Photo Credit: CradleHuts.com.au

Day six of the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is also a 9 km walk which takes approximately 3 hours. Today’s walk traverses mostly through the cool temperate eucalypt forest, lunch at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair, and an Idaclair boat cruise back to Cynthia Bay. Be sure to check out the visitors’ centre at Cynthia Bay before heading back to Quamby Estate.

 

More on The Great Walks of Australia

The The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk in Tasmania is one of the nine Great Walks of Australia. The other walks include:

The Scenic Rim Trail in Brisbane

The Arkaba Walk in South Australia

The Larapinta Trail (Part One) and (Part Two)

The Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk in Western Australia

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk in Victoria

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

The Freycinet Experience Walk in Tasmania

Maria Island Walk in Tasmania