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Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

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Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Tasmania
IUCN category II (national park)
Cradle Mountain Behind Dove Lake.jpg
Cradle Mountain and Little Horn (to the left) by Dove Lake
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park map.svg
Map of Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania
Nearest town or cityQueenstown
Coordinates41°49′49″S 145°55′27″E / 41.83028°S 145.92417°E / -41.83028; 145.92417Coordinates: 41°49′49″S 145°55′27″E / 41.83028°S 145.92417°E / -41.83028; 145.92417
Established1922
Area1,614.43 km2 (623.3 sq mi)[1]
Visitation209,000 (in 2005)
Managing authoritiesTasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteCradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Tasmania

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.[2] Tasmania's tallest mountain, Mt. Ossa, 1,617 m (5,305 ft) above sea level, is in the park.[3]

An area of 158,000 acres (63,940 ha) was protected in May 1922 as a scenic reserve, becoming a National Park in 1972.[2] The National Park now covers an area of 397,840 acres (161,000 ha).[3] There is a 73 km (45 mi) walking track, called the Overland Track, between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair.[4]

Related pages[change | change source]

Other National Parks and reserves in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are:

References[change | change source]

  1. "Reserve Listing - National Parks". National Parks website. Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cradle Mountain Highlights". Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - World Heritage wilderness". Discover Tasmania. 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  4. "Overland Track, Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair, bushwalking". adventure.com.au. 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.