Following the Skyline – The Cradle Mountain Traverse

High and Wide: Cradle Mountain Skyline &emdash; Cradle Mountain Pastels

When I say “Tasmania” what is the first image that pops into your mind? How about the second? My bet is that Cradle Mountain would be up there in the top three for many people. That iconic view of the mountain sitting over Dove Lake is hard to forget, and one that draws people in from around the world.

Located within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, the mountain itself is surrounded by a stunning array of native wildlife, clear alpine tarns, and numerous rocky peaks, all connected by a first-class network of tracks.

When I visited the park in late January this year it was my second time to the area. My first trip was 5 years ago with my now wife, and having never been to Tasmania previously it was the only place that I knew was a must-visit. We only stayed for one night on that trip, but it didn’t disappoint. The easy walk around Dove Lake at the base of the mountain left a lasting impression of gorgeous views, tiny moss gardens and of course, a desire to return one day and sample the more adventurous side of the park. Continue reading