Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
|Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park *|
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Tasmanian Wilderness
|Criteria||iii, iv, vi, vii, viii, ix, x|
|Inscription||1982 (6th Session)|
|* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List
** Region as classified by UNESCO
The Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site. It is a large park with lakes, temperate rainforests and alpine heathland. Cradle Mountain is a jagged dolerite mountain peak. There are sites around the park where the Australian Aborigines lived 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Tasmania's tallest mountain, Mt. Ossa, 1,617 m (5,305 ft) above sea level, is in the park.
An area of 158,000 acres (63,940 ha) was protected in May 1922 as a scenic reserve, becoming a National Park in 1972. The National Park now covers an area of 397,840 acres (161,000 ha). There is a 73 km (45 mi) walking track, called the Overland Track, between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair.
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Other National Parks and reserves in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are:
- Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
- Hartz Mountains National Park
- Mole Creek Karst National Park
- Southwest National Park
- Walls of Jerusalem National Park
- Central Plateau Conservation Area
- Devils Gullet State Reserve
- South East Mutton Bird Islet
- "Cradle Mountain Highlights". Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. 2012. http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3309. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - World Heritage wilderness". Discover Tasmania. 2012. http://www.discovertasmania.com/western_wilderness/towns_and_places/cradle_mountain-lake_st_clair_national_park. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "Overland Track, Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair, bushwalking". adventure.com.au. 2012. http://www.adventure.com.au/OverlandTAS.asp. Retrieved 25 May 2012.