Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
|Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park|
Map of Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania
|Nearest town or city||Queenstown|
|Area||1,614.43 km2 (623.3 sq mi)|
|Visitation||209,000 (in 2005)|
|Managing authorities||Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park|
|See also||Protected 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. 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.
Related pages[change | change source]
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
References[change | change source]
- "Reserve Listing - National Parks". National Parks website. Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
- "Cradle Mountain Highlights". Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park - World Heritage wilderness". Discover Tasmania. 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "Overland Track, Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair, bushwalking". adventure.com.au. 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.